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Lansing – Prison employees who challenged job classifications and lower pay grades have lost an appeal at the Michigan Supreme Court.

The court heard arguments in January but said an appeals court decision will stand. The order was released Friday.

The Corrections Department lowered the pay grade of 2,500 employees and reclassified their jobs, although their duties remained the same. The state Civil Service Commission upheld the moves.

The issue was technical and procedural. An Ingham County judge said the Civil Service Commission’s decision was “arbitrary and capricious,” but the state appeals court ruled in favor of the commission.

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