Court Order Bars Privatizing Wayne County Friend of Court by yhz16267

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									                                    Michigan AFSCME Council 25

                                News Release
                            Albert Garrett, President Lawrence A. Roehrig, Secretary-Treasurer
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October 24, 2007                                    Edward L. McNeil, Spec. Asst. to President
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      Court Order Bars Privatizing Wayne County
                   Friend of Court
        Detroit MI October 24, 2007 -- Albert Garrett, President of Michigan Council 25 of the
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, issued
the following statement:

        “Yesterday, October 23, 2007, Judge Matthew S. Switalski of the Macomb County
Circuit Court granted AFSCME’s request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) barring
Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge Mary Beth Kelly from privatizing the Friend of the
Court,” stated Garrett.

        The order of the court states, “The defendants are hereby restrained from executing any
contract to perform work currently performed by members’ of plaintiffs’ bargaining unit pursuant
to the request for proposal (RFP) issued on September 6, 2007.”

        “This court order assures that Judge Kelly will not be able to privatize Friend of the Court
during the next 14 days,” continued Garrett. “On November 06, 2007, the court will hold a
hearing on our motion for a Preliminary Injunction. The TRO is an important step in that
direction.

        “The proposal to privatize this work was ill-conceived,” concluded Garrett. “The
problems in Friend of the Court are the size of the caseload and inadequate funding. Privatizing
the work would do nothing to change either of these. The public employees who perform this
work should be praised and admired for their dedication and determination in the face of difficult
conditions.”

        Albert Garrett also serves as Vice President of AFSCME International. Michigan
AFSCME Council 25 represents more than 90,000 public workers across Michigan. AFSCME
International represents 1.4 million public workers nationwide. News releases issued by
Michigan AFSCME Council 25 are available at http://www.miafscme.org/Releases.htm

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