AFSCME http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Tuesday, April 29, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-april-29-2014 <p></p><p>One of the most important aspects of the Affordable Care Act is consumer choice. More choice means more competition among insurers, and that can lead to lower costs for consumers.</p><p></p><p>But if you live in a rural area, you may not have a whole lot of choices when it comes choosing a health plans. On today's Stateside, we took a look at health care in Michigan's rural areas.</p><p>Then, Michigan’s new crowdfunding law opens the door to everyday people who want to invest in Michigan-based startups and small businesses. We heard about the benefits and risks that come with crowdfunding for equity.</p><p>And, we spoke with Garrison Keillor about the 40th<sup>&nbsp;</sup>anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion and his upcoming book.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is in Lansing today and tomorrow, getting face-time with the lawmakers whose vote is crucial to the so-called grand bargain, the complicated deal to protect city retirees and the collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts.</span></p><p>Orr heads to Lansing with a new piece of the puzzle in hand: a tentative five-year deal reached Monday with AFSCME, Detroit's largest employee union.</p><p>Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood joined us today to give us an idea of what progress has been made and what lies ahead for the city.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:36:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 17402 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Kevyn Orr reaches tentative deal with Detroit's largest employee union http://michiganradio.org/post/kevyn-orr-reaches-tentative-deal-detroits-largest-employee-union <p></p><p>Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is in Lansing today and tomorrow, getting face-time with the lawmakers whose vote is crucial to the so-called grand bargain, the complicated deal to protect city retirees and the collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts.</p><p>Orr heads to Lansing with a new piece of the puzzle in hand: a tentative five-year deal reached Monday with AFSCME, Detroit's largest employee union.</p><p>Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood joined us today to give us an idea of what progress has been made and what lies ahead for the city.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:35:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 17397 at http://michiganradio.org Kevyn Orr reaches tentative deal with Detroit's largest employee union Detroit pensioners, unions can appeal bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-pensioners-unions-can-appeal-bankruptcy <p>The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will allow appeals to Detroit’s bankruptcy eligibility ruling, <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140221/NEWS01/302210073/Detroit-bankruptcy-Sixth-Circuit-appeal">The Detroit Free Press reported</a>.</p><p>Detroit’s largest union – AFSCME Council 25 – and the city’s two pension funds – Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System and the General Retirement System – are among the creditors who filed an appeal to Judge Steven Rhodes’ December ruling that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy.</p><p>According to the Freep’s Nathan Bomey and Matt Helms, Detroit’s bankruptcy case would continue as the appeal case works through the courts.</p><p>The central argument for the union and pension funds is that the city did not negotiate “<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-union-leaders-bankruptcy-was-strategy-all-along">in good faith</a>” prior to filing for bankruptcy, meaning the city and state "rushed" to bankruptcy court.</p><p>Rhodes, in his ruling to approve Detroit's bankruptcy, determined that good faith negotiations were not possible under the circumstances.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:17:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16546 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit pensioners, unions can appeal bankruptcy Lansing school buses won't be privatized http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-buses-wont-be-privatized <p>The Lansing school district will continue to operate its own buses next year.</p><p></p><p>The school board decided Thursday not to go with a private bus company.</p><p></p><p>Supporters say privatizing the bus service would save the Lansing school district $5 million over the next five years, primarily because the district would not have to replace much of its aging bus fleet.</p><p></p><p>But school board president Peter Spadafore says now is not the time to privatize the bus service serving thousands of capital city school children.</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:30:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 16162 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school buses won't be privatized Lansing school board delays decision on privatizing school bus service http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-board-delays-decision-privatizing-school-bus-service <p>The Lansing school board has put off a decision on whether to privatize the district’s bus service.</p><p></p><p>School officials say the proposal would save the district five million dollars over the next five years, primarily by not having to pay to replace dozens of aging school buses.</p><p></p><p>But the district’s unionized bus drivers raised questions about the plan.</p><p></p><p>Peter Spadafore is the school board president. He says giving the union one week to spell out its concerns is a good idea.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 03:46:43 +0000 Steve Carmody 16061 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school board delays decision on privatizing school bus service Gov. Snyder will answer questions on Detroit bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-will-answer-questions-detroit-bankruptcy <p>DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has agreed to answer questions in a deposition about his decision to let Detroit file for bankruptcy protection.<br><br>Attorneys for Snyder and other state officials had been resisting testifying based on executive privilege. They've now changed course and informed Judge Steven Rhodes during a hearing Tuesday.<br><br>Unions opposed to the bankruptcy say Snyder's sworn testimony is important. They say Detroit is ineligible for Chapter 9, a process that could let the city shed billions in long-term debt.<br> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 01:44:32 +0000 The Associated Press 14366 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder will answer questions on Detroit bankruptcy Detroit union leaders: "Bankruptcy was the strategy all along" http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-union-leaders-bankruptcy-was-strategy-all-along <p>Union leaders say Detroit is in bankruptcy court because “that was the strategy all along.”</p><p>They accuse Governor Snyder and Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr of “sham” negotiations,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">saying they were never able to actually sit down and bargain with Orr before he filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy last week.</span></p><p>“We were disheartened by the fact that we were told negotiations were going to take place, that never took place,” says Al Garrett, President of AFSCME Council 25.”Instead, they ran to a bankruptcy court.”</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 01:49:51 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13637 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan prisoners may soon be eating ARAMARK meals http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-prisoners-may-soon-be-eating-aramark-meals <p>About 400 food service state employees may soon be out of work at Michigan’s prisons.</p><p>That’s after Michigan reversed <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-wont-privatize-prisons-further">its previous decision NOT to privatize the contract</a>.</p><p>The original company bids did not meet the state benchmark of at least 5 percent savings. Wed, 01 May 2013 15:52:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12352 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan prisoners may soon be eating ARAMARK meals Jesse Jackson, EM opponents promise "a major mass demonstration" in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/jesse-jackson-em-opponents-promise-major-mass-demonstration-detroit <p>Opponents of Michigan’s emergency manager law are gearing up for a long, hard fight against it.</p><p>The Reverend Jesse Jackson <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130322/METRO01/303220417/Jesse-Jackson-Detroit-cannot-reduced-rummage-sale-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">joined Congressman John Conyers and others&nbsp;in Detroit Friday </a>to outline some of their plans.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:47:27 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11828 at http://michiganradio.org Jesse Jackson, EM opponents promise "a major mass demonstration" in Detroit Bonus payments stir controversy in nearly-broke Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/bonus-payments-stir-controversy-nearly-broke-detroit <p>News of some Detroit city employees receiving raises and bonuses is raising eyebrows, as the city struggles to stave off a possible state-appointed emergency manager.</p><p>Union officials, Detroit City Council members and others are asking why some city officials apparently received raises and longevity pay last week.</p><p>Longevity pay is a kind of bonus provided to employees based on seniority. Mayor Dave Bing eliminated the perk for union workers in 2010, and had promised to eliminate it for all city employees.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 04:56:14 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10369 at http://michiganradio.org Some striking Detroit water department workers to be fired http://michiganradio.org/post/some-striking-detroit-water-department-workers-be-fired <p>34 striking Detroit water department workers <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121002/METRO01/210020399/Detroit-water-department-strikers-suspended-will-fired?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">have been suspended and will be fired,</a> the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department confirmed Tuesday.</p><p>The workers believed to have initiated the strike were notified by letter from DWSD director Sue McCormick, according to a statement issued by the water department.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 04:22:45 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9338 at http://michiganradio.org Defying federal judge's order, Detroit water department workers stay on strike http://michiganradio.org/post/defying-federal-judges-order-detroit-water-department-workers-stay-strike <p>Defying a federal judge’s order, Detroit water department workers continued to strike Monday night.</p><p>Many rank-and-file workers at Detroit’s wastewater treatment plant walked off the job after AFSCME Local 207 member authorized a strike Sunday.</p><p>Workers say the strike is a last stand against what they call attempts to dismantle the city’s water department—and the union.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 03:55:14 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9322 at http://michiganradio.org Defying federal judge's order, Detroit water department workers stay on strike Detroit water system employees strike http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-water-system-employees-strike <p>DETROIT (AP) - Employees of the Detroit-area water system that serves four in 10 Michigan residents have gone on strike to protest plans to eliminate most of their jobs through privatization or other measures.<br><br> The union for 950 employees of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department says its members went on strike about 10 a.m. Sunday, setting up a picket line at a wastewater treatment plant in southwest Detroit's Delray neighborhood.<br> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:55:06 +0000 The Associated Press 9301 at http://michiganradio.org Happiness, relief for unions as emergency manager law heads to the ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/happiness-relief-unions-emergency-manager-law-heads-ballot <p>Public employee union leaders are ecstatic that a referendum challenging the state&rsquo;s emergency manager law <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/03/us-michigan-law-vote-idUSBRE8721B720120803">will be on the November ballot</a>.</p><p>They&rsquo;ve fiercely opposed the law in large part because emergency managers have the power to alter or throw out collectively-bargained contracts.</p> Sat, 04 Aug 2012 01:08:02 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8550 at http://michiganradio.org Happiness, relief for unions as emergency manager law heads to the ballot Contract showdown looms between Bing, unions http://michiganradio.org/post/contract-showdown-looms-between-bing-unions <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and city union representatives appear to be headed for a showdown over contract negotiations.</p><p>The heart of this disagreement is Detroit&rsquo;s consent agreement with the state.</p><p>There&rsquo;s language in there that allows the mayor to impose union contracts after previous contracts expire. Most city workers&rsquo; contracts expired June 1.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 23:03:10 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8107 at http://michiganradio.org Contract showdown looms between Bing, unions Detroit unions ratify new contracts http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-unions-ratify-new-contracts <p>A big coalition of about 30 unions representing Detroit city workers has<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120323/METRO01/203230424/Unions-say-Detroit-city-workers-agree-pay-cuts?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE"> ratified a new contract.</a></p><p>The workers gave up a lot, including a 10% pay cut, a major health care reorganization, and switching from traditional pensions to defined-contribution retirement plans.</p><p>But for a variety of reasons, it&rsquo;s unclear whether it&rsquo;s enough to help the city avoid state intervention.</p> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 01:57:19 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6769 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit unions ratify new contracts Emergency manager law opponents, armed with petitions, head to Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-law-opponents-armed-petitions-head-lansing <p>Opponents of Michigan&rsquo;s emergency manager law will descend on Lansing with petitions Wednesday.</p><p>The coalition fighting Public Act 4 says they&rsquo;ve collected more than 218,000 signatures to put the measure up for voter referendum in November.</p><p>They need the state to certify about 161,000 of those signatures for that to happen&mdash;and for the law to be suspended until the vote.</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 05:16:24 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6423 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency manager law opponents, armed with petitions, head to Lansing Snyder stands firm against protests http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-stands-firm-against-protests <p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,1607,7-277--251733--,00.html">Governor Rick Snyder</a> says he respects the views of people protesting against his budget proposals. Many people have crowded the Capitol lawn this week to stand against Snyder&rsquo;s plan to tax pensions. The governor says he understands their frustration, but he says a tax on pensions &ndash; done the right way &ndash; is only fair.</p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:08:35 +0000 Laura Weber 1674 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder stands firm against protests