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Madison Heights Teachers Face 10% Pay Cut

MADISON HEIGHTS (WWJ/AP) -  Teachers in one Detroit suburb are considering a legal fight over a 10 percent pay cut from the district's Board of Education that's retroactive to the beginning of this school year.

The pay cut is to take effect Friday after the Madison District Public Schools board voted this week. The cut follows a 12 percent pay cut proposal the board made last year and a 10 percent pay cut proposed earlier this year.

Bobby Robinson, president of the Madison Education Association that represents 77 teachers and other professional employees, says the union is considering legal options.

"I feel they have a personal vendetta against myself and the teachers," Robinson told The Detroit Free Press.

Board President Al Morrison said other bargaining units agreed to cuts. The teachers have worked without a contract since 2009.

The district's fall 2011 enrollment was 1,351, down from 1,757 in fall 2006. The teachers, Robinson said, are among the lowest paid of those in Oakland County's 28 school districts.

The district covers only part of Madison Heights.

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