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Michigan Laborers to protest Bay City Academy's handling of asbestos removal
mLive.com
By: Lindsay Knake
September 25, 2013
Members of the Michigan Laborers union are alleging the charter Bay City Academy cut corners by hiring non-union labor to remove asbestos from a building it renovated for use as a school.

Laborer's Local 1098 representatives will speak and hand out leaflets from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, and 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at 400 N. Madison in Bay City, according to a press release.

Three men are charged in federal court with mishandling asbestos removal at Bay City Academy's Madison campus.

Steve Ingersoll, a Traverse City optometrist and entrepreneur, founded the charter school in 2010. The school has grown to 470 kindergarten through ninth-grade students on three campuses. The academy is chartered through Lake Superior State University.

Michigan Laborer's representatives say Ingersoll should "support prevailing wage and hire trained workers to do the job properly the first time."

In August, Ingersoll said the building was fine and did not have an environmental problem. He said an asbestos-abatement company was hired to remove the material prior to the building's renovation. Ingersoll is not charged with any wrongdoing.

— Lindsay Knake covers education for MLive/The Bay City Times. Follow her on twitter or contact her at 989-372-2498 or lknake@mlive.com.
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