Officials Baffled by Michigan Teachers Union Contract that Gives Preference to Hiring “Non-Christians”

The Ferndale Public Schools 2013-2014 budget was approved June 27 at the Harding Administration Center. (
The Ferndale Public Schools 2013-2014 budget was approved June 27 at the Harding Administration Center. (

A Michigan school district’s written policy of giving hiring preference to non-Christians has been scrapped after more than 30 years, and officials say they have no idea how the clause – which they insist was never invoked – ever made it into the teachers’ union contract.

The teachers union contract in Ferndale Public Schools in Oakland County contained a clause that gave “special consideration” to applicants that are of “the non-Christian faith.” District officials say they didn’t even know about the clause, which the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Michigan-based, nonpartisan research and educational institute, found while reviewing teacher contracts in the state’s 200 biggest public school districts.

The clause was meant for current school employees seeking to apply for a vacancy within the district — and made clear that certain “minorities,” including those “of the non-Christian faith” will be given special consideration.

“Any teacher may apply for a vacancy in a position considered to be a “Promotion” as defined in Section 2 above,” the clause read. “Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith.”

After the Mackinac Center contacted Ferndale Public Schools about their finding, which was reported by the nonprofit site Education Action Group, the suburban Detroit school district and its teachers’ union promptly removed the clause.

In a statement sent to, Ferndale school officials said, “We don’t know why and how it was first placed into the contract” and, “It has never, to our knowledge been enacted or cost an applicant a job.

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