state workers http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's headlines: Detroit bankruptcy announcement, anti-abortion coverage, state workers http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-detroit-bankruptcy-announcement-anti-abortion-coverage-state-workers <p><strong>Judge to announce Detroit bankruptcy eligibility today</strong></p><p>A judge is expected to announce today whether Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy. If so, Detroit will be the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history. It has $18 billion in debt.</p><p><strong>Anti-abortion coverage proposal moves forward</strong></p><p>"State lawmakers will consider a proposal to put new restrictions on abortion insurance coverage in Michigan. A state board yesterday certified that Right to Life of Michigan has collected enough signatures to send its petition to the Legislature. Under the measure, women would only be able to purchase abortion coverage as a separate policy. It could not be part of standard health plans," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-abortion-proposal-will-go-state-lawmakers">reports.</a></p><p><strong>State workers might get pay hike, but pay more for health care</strong></p><p>"The state Civil Service Commission is considering giving state workers a two-percent pay increase, while requiring many of them to pay more out-of-pocket for health insurance. The proposal is meant to end a contract impasse between the state and public employee unions," Jake Neher<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-workers-would-get-2-pay-raise-under-deal-end-contract-impasse"> reports.</a></p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:34:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15510 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Detroit bankruptcy announcement, anti-abortion coverage, state workers State workers balk at call for more cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/state-workers-balk-call-more-cuts <pre> State workers say they&rsquo;ve already sacrificed their fair share to help alleviate Michigan&rsquo;s budget crisis. </pre> <pre> That was the rallying cry of hundreds of union workers who <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110725/POLITICS02/107250339/1409/metro/State-workers-to-rally-today-in-Detroit-over-possible-concessions">protested outside state offices in Detroit Monday</a>. Governor Snyder wants another $260 million in concessions from state workers </pre> <pre> But Ray Holman, a legislative liaison for UAW Local 6000, says that&rsquo;s unfair. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 20:22:12 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3455 at http://michiganradio.org State workers balk at call for more cuts Lawmakers move to shift health care costs http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-move-shift-health-care-costs <p>Proposals to require public employees in Michigan to pay at least 20 percent of their health insurance costs have advanced in the state Legislature, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>A Republican-led Senate committee approved the measures Wednesday on party-line votes. Republican Sen. Mark Jansen of Kent County&#39;s Gaines Township says the measures could come up for votes on the Senate floor later this month.</p><p>The legislation would affect employees with the state, local governments, public school districts, public universities and other public employers.</p><p>Republicans say the measures are needed to help public employers control costs. Democrats say health care costs should be bargained in contracts.</p><p>Local units of government could exempt themselves from the act by a two-thirds vote of its governing body.</p><p>&nbsp;The legislation is Senate Bill 7 and Senate Joint Resolution C. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:26:18 +0000 Zoe Clark 2058 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers move to shift health care costs Legislators ramping up debate on live-in partner benefits for state workers http://michiganradio.org/post/legislators-ramping-debate-live-partner-benefits-state-workers <p>At the state Capitol, House Republican leaders will resume their efforts to pick up 11 or more Democratic votes to reverse the policy of letting unmarried state employees claim their live-in partners on their health benefits.</p><p>The state Civil Service Commission approved public employee contracts at the beginning of the year that allow live-in partner benefits. That&rsquo;s the only way the state can legally allow coverage for same-sex couples.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:26:03 +0000 Rick Pluta 2010 at http://michiganradio.org Legislators ramping up debate on live-in partner benefits for state workers Same-sex health insurance issue expected to be discussed today http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-health-insurance-issue-expected-be-discussed-today <p><strong>Update 11:43 a.m.:</strong></p><p>The state Civil Service Commission has approved agreements to allow state employees to put their live-in partners on their insurance plans, Rick Pluta reports.</p><blockquote><p>The commission's action&nbsp;ratifies agreements that were worked out between Governor Jennifer Granholm's administration with two state&nbsp;employee unions and state workers who are not part of a union. The commission acted over the objections of Governor Rick Snyder's administration.</p></blockquote><p><strong>8:20 a.m.:</strong></p><p>It’s expected that <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdcs">The Michigan Civil Service Commission</a> will take up a measure today that would extend health insurance benefits to same-sex partners of state employees, The Detroit News reports. As the News <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110126/POLITICS02/101260339/1024/POLITICS03/Snyder-expected-to-argue-against-same-sex-benefits">explains</a>:</p><blockquote><p>An attempt to push through the change in the waning days of the Granholm administration failed when the commission tabled the issue in December. Now, the new administration of Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to tell the commission today the state can't afford the change — expected to cost close to $6 million a year…</p><p>The four-member commission is split on the issue, as are unions for state employees who are bracing for anticipated fights on wage and benefit issues viewed as higher priorities. Employee benefits for same-sex partners were negotiated in 2004, shortly before Michigan voters passed a ballot initiative that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:49:03 +0000 Zoe Clark 1013 at http://michiganradio.org