The office of Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has sent letters to two of the city’s biggest unions, informing that their contracts will end when they expire in 10 days.
The president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers is asking the Detroit City Council for help in convincing the school district’s state-appointed emergency manager to negotiate with the union on a new contract.
A 10 percent employee wage cut and work rule changes are being imposed by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing under a plan to get the city’s finances under control.
Union leaders and city workers converged on the Detroit City Council on Monday as members debated wage cuts and other changes for Detroit’s unionized workers.
Detroit’s unions are fuming over possibly losing some of their organized labor muscle in the agreement being worked out between the city and the state over Detroit’s finances.
The contract between the union and the MotorCity Casino Hotel was extended for two days Sunday, just hours before it was set to expire.