I know there are some who think a Financial Manager is the answer here in Dearborn Heights but is it? Just take a look at what happened in Flint this week.
FLINT, MI — Flint emergency manager Michael Brown imposed concessions on two union contracts Wednesday and pushed through a new city budget the night before a state hearing that could suspend Public Act 4 and diminish his authority over city operations.
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In all, Brown’s administration published 12 new executive orders, including a new waste collection fee and adoption of a proposed budget that is scheduled for public hearings over the next few months.
Also included are modified contracts for the Flint police patrol officers union and the general city employees union — the two municipal unions that hadn’t negotiated agreements on concessions with Brown’s administration over the past few weeks.
FLINT, MI — President of the Flint Police Officers Association Kevin Smith said pay reductions imposed by executive order today appear punitive after the union and city officials could not agree on concessions during contract negotiations.View full size(Ryan Garza | MLive.com file photo) Flint Police work the scene of an April 10 shooting.
Flint emergency manager Michael Brown imposed wage and benefits reductions on the union in one of at least 12 orders signed the evening before a state hearing that could diminish his authority.
“Unbelievable,” Smith said. “All he’s doing is he’s shoving it down our throats… Talk about demoralizing the most violent city in America.
“At this point, it’s unconstitutional, what’s going on. And I guess we’ll have to see tomorrow.”
I’m not sure what happened with the deficit reduction plan submitted by the Mayor if I can see that his plan was a fantasy and it’s based on savings he’s hoping to get from Union contracts not set to open for two more years. I would say that there are those in Lansing that will be looking at it the same way and quite possibly say NO. If the state does say no than what where will the Mayor get the money from? If he doesn’t have a way out of this how soon before Dearborn Heights gets its own FM? There are those unions in the city who took the 10% cut, but there are still some unions that did not. My question to them is what are you waiting for? Pontiac, Flint, Benton Harbor should show you that this is not a joke. They come in they don’t just strip my rights as a voter they strip your rights too.
The FM doesn’t just go after Unions as you can see in the story oh no they can impose new fees on the tax payers. They can pretty much do what ever they want to and we have nothing to say about it. Something for all of us to think about Republicans, Democrats and Independents. They don’t just take the rights away from Democrats or Independents they take them from all of us. I think as voters we can elect someone to take over this mess and clean it up. Having the right people doing the job in the first place might help things in this city.
- Local firefighter vows to fight newly passed union contract (minbcnews.com)