Lawyers for city unions and retirees are presenting reasons why Detroit’s historic bankruptcy request should be denied.
It was a victory in court Wednesday for AFSCME Council 25.
UAW President Bob King and other union and state government officials shook hands in Lansing Wednesday.
If the city’s gambit succeeds, it could jeopardize an important bargaining tool for unions, which often have deferred higher wages in favor of more generous pensions and health benefits.
UAW President Bob King says the state has the responsibility to live up to its promises.
The city’s retirement system is underfunded by $3.5 billion
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is reportedly prepared to take Detroit into federal bankruptcy court if the city’s 30,000 employees and retirees refuse the reduced payouts.
Federal authorities say a Teamsters official took cash while conspiring to make it appear that workers at a fruit-and-vegetable wholesaler belonged to the union.
“How much do you think he makes?” That question could come out of dirty corners around the office watercooler and get out in the sunshine if Michigan women’s groups have their way.
Michigan workers can choose not to financially support unions that bargain on their behalf under a right-to-work law now in effect.