May 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Michigan court will look at teacher pension law

Lansing — The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to look at a 2012 law that overhauled the pension system for public school employees.

The law requires employees contribute more for their pensions and makes veteran teachers contribute to their pension for the first time.

In a one-sentence order dated Wednesday, the Supreme Court says it will take an appeal from unions. In January, the state appeals court upheld the law, saying it doesn’t violate the Michigan Constitution.

School employees hired before 1990 must contribute 4 percent to prevent a pension cut. People hired from 1990 to June 2010 are paying 7 percent to keep their pensions intact. There also are health care changes.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed the law as a way to reduce billions in unfunded liabilities in the pension fund.