Detroit’s Financial Advisory Board has voted for furlough days on about 600 unionized city employees as officials work to avert a possible state financial oversight.
“This would definitely galvanize union leadership,” said Art Schwartz, a retired General Motors labor negotiator. “Like any other group, some people get involved, some people don’t, but I think you’re going to see the unions fight this every way they can.”
A closed-door meeting between Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican legislative leaders failed to produce a clear direction on whether to introduce right-to-work legislation limiting unions’ ability to collect fees from non-union workers.
Legislative leaders in Lansing are debating whether to introduce divisive right-to-work legislation that would limit unions’ ability to collect fees from non-union workers.
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.
A recent Harris Poll found that most Americans were critical of unions, while crediting them for improving wages and working conditions.
Negotiators for Detroit’s two major newspapers are at the bargaining table hours before the contracts for journalists and other unionized paper workers are set to expire Friday, Oct. 15 at midnight.