Economy
12:50 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Flint's emergency manager working out new union contracts

Flint's emergency manager, Michael Brown, has been working out new contract deals with the city's unions. Public safety unions have been working under expired contracts in Flint for more than two years.

Kristin Longley of the Flint Journal reports Brown has reached agreements with three of the city's six employee bargaining units (the police sergeants union, the police captains and lieutenants union, and the firefighters union).

Now Michael Brown says he's reached a tentative agreement with Flint's supervisors union:

The proposed changes represent about a 20-percent reduction in total compensation, including wages and benefits, he said. The union represents 66 members, he said.

Local 1799 ratified a new contract in 2010 with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling's administration. Johnson said the group was asked to reopen the contract under Public Act 4, the emergency manager law.

"Those concessions are certainly a hardship on the membership," he said. "They understand that financially it's required. We're hopeful this helps solve the city's problems and helps citizens and the employees move forward."

Members of the union are expected to vote on the agreement in two weeks.