Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- Don't like the water shut-offs in Detroit? Now you can pay someone's overdue water bill
- Approaching construction on the highway? Experts say the "zipper merge" can help
- This ballot proposal is critical to Michigan's economy, but most people won't bother to vote on it
- These three female candidates could be some of the most interesting leaders in Michigan
- Re-thinking creativity's role in education
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.