Bing Reportedly Makes Deal With Some Labor Unions

DETROIT (WWJ) – Word is circulating Wednesday morning of some major progress between the city of Detroit and its labor unions. This, in a last-ditch effort to avoid a state-appointed emergency manager.

WWJ’s City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas said Mayor Dave Bing has reportedly won major healthcare and pension concessions from 25 of the city’s 48 unions.

The concessions fall short, however, of the $102 million Bing had hoped to achieve. City Council President Charles Pugh said that means deeper cuts elsewhere.

“We’re going to come up with a bold plan that’s bolder than what the mayor has on the table. And that’s no disrespect against the mayor but this is our city,” said Pugh.

But Councilman Kwame Kenyatta said the council is overstepping its authority.

“We’re legislative, we’re not executive. And I think that to some degree, we’re taking it a little too far. We need to stay in our lane and if it’s necessary for us to get into a different lane, then at some point we may do that, or be put out of a lane, then that may happen as well,” said Kenyatta.

Pugh said the next step is a meeting with the mayor. Read more, here.

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