Opponents of New Emergency Manager Law Sue

 The suit says the new law is similar to one that voters rejected in November, and violates the collective bargaining rights of workers.

DETROIT (AP) -- Opponents of Michigan's new emergency manager law are seeking to block it in federal court, saying the measure is unconstitutional.

The tougher emergency manager law, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in December, takes effect Thursday. It gives state-appointed managers authority, among other things, to modify or throw out union contracts.

A lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit seeks an injunction. The suit says the new law is similar to one that voters rejected in November, and violates the collective bargaining rights of workers.

On Thursday, Snyder said he'll "leave it to the lawyers." He has said the law is needed. Detroit recently got an emergency manager. Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton and others plan events Thursday in Detroit.


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