firefighters union http://michiganradio.org en Schuette says right-to-work will survive court challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/schuette-says-right-work-will-survive-court-challenge <p>State Attorney General Bill Schuette says he expects Michigan’s new right-to-work law will be challenged in court, and he expects it will survive those lawsuits.</p><p>One possible challenge would focus on different treatment for different types of unions.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The law will allow workers for unionized employers to opt out of paying dues or fees. But the law won’t apply to police and firefighter unions.</p><p>Schuette said that could create too much disharmony in public safety units that require order and discipline.</p><p>“Firefighters, first-responders, law enforcement – they’re on the front lines of public safety. They have a very important, unique responsibility, making sure our streets and our neighborhoods are safe and secure, so this is a very appropriate carve-out. It was a correct carve-out,” he said.</p><p>Schuette said the law does apply to the state’s 35,000 civil service employees.</p><p>Some interpretations of the state constitution say the law can’t touch civil service workers. That’s because they are governed by the Michigan Civil Service Commission. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:43:49 +0000 Rick Pluta 10366 at http://michiganradio.org Schuette says right-to-work will survive court challenge Detroit's mayor reaches tentative deal with city firefighters http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-mayor-reaches-tentative-deal-city-firefighters <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The mayor&#39;s office and firefighters&#39; union have agreed to a tentative deal on concessions aimed at cutting the city&#39;s budget deficit. Both sides say they wanrt to keep Detroit&#39;s finances out of the hands of a state-appointed emergency manager.</span></p> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 11:38:07 +0000 The Associated Press 6276 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's mayor reaches tentative deal with city firefighters