AFSCME Praises Detroit Schools' Building Plans

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Michigan AFSCME Council 25, AFL-CIO

    DETROIT, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Albert Garrett, President of Michigan
 Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
 (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, issued the following statement regarding reports on Detroit
 Public Schools plan to build new schools and renovate existing facilities:
 
     "The Detroit Public Schools' plan to invest $460 million in new schools
 and an additional $300 million in renovation of existing schools is a vital
 element in the effort to make our Detroit schools the very best, and a source
 of pride to our entire community," stated Garrett.  "The failings of the
 existing buildings and infrastructure must be corrected.
     "The voters and taxpayers of Detroit approved the bond issue for this
 project in 1994," continued Garrett.  "Our schools and our children have been
 subjected to a seven-year delay, while our school buildings have deteriorated.
 It is time, and past time, to move ahead with this project.
     "It has been an enormous source of frustration to the dedicated Union
 workers who take care of these school buildings, provide services within the
 schools, and take pride in their work, that needed repairs have not been
 accomplished," concluded Garrett.  "Together, we can bring new excellence to
 our schools and pride to our community."
 
     Albert Garrett also serves as Vice President of AFSCME International.
 Michigan AFSCME Council 25 represents more than 65,000 public workers across
 Michigan.  AFSCME International represents 1.4 million public workers
 nationwide.
 
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SOURCE Michigan AFSCME Council 25, AFL-CIO
    DETROIT, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Albert Garrett, President of Michigan
 Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
 (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, issued the following statement regarding reports on Detroit
 Public Schools plan to build new schools and renovate existing facilities:
 
     "The Detroit Public Schools' plan to invest $460 million in new schools
 and an additional $300 million in renovation of existing schools is a vital
 element in the effort to make our Detroit schools the very best, and a source
 of pride to our entire community," stated Garrett.  "The failings of the
 existing buildings and infrastructure must be corrected.
     "The voters and taxpayers of Detroit approved the bond issue for this
 project in 1994," continued Garrett.  "Our schools and our children have been
 subjected to a seven-year delay, while our school buildings have deteriorated.
 It is time, and past time, to move ahead with this project.
     "It has been an enormous source of frustration to the dedicated Union
 workers who take care of these school buildings, provide services within the
 schools, and take pride in their work, that needed repairs have not been
 accomplished," concluded Garrett.  "Together, we can bring new excellence to
 our schools and pride to our community."
 
     Albert Garrett also serves as Vice President of AFSCME International.
 Michigan AFSCME Council 25 represents more than 65,000 public workers across
 Michigan.  AFSCME International represents 1.4 million public workers
 nationwide.
 
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 SOURCE  Michigan AFSCME Council 25, AFL-CIO