State Workers Rally for Benefits

By: News 10
By: News 10

"We're not asking for anything extra. All we're asking for is the status quo," said Ed Mitchell, president of UAW Local 6000.

State employees aren't happy with the thought of giving up any more of their benefits.

Dozens of them rallied outside Gov. Rick Snyder's office Tuesday afternoon, demanding a fair contract.

They tell us it's not about getting more, but about keeping what they already have, specifically their health benefits.

They say they've given up so much in the last few contracts and it's time for the governor to listen.

"He gave big raises to the treasury, but he wants to take away our health care, which could cause some of our members to go into bankruptcy if they get really sick," said Ed Mitchell, president of UAW Local 6000. "We're not asking for anything extra. All we're asking for is the status quo -- just keep what we have. We think that's fair."

Earlier this month, the State Employee Relations Board recommended higher health care payments and fewer covered services, when it comes to the next contract.

Workers will go before the Civil Service Commission to argue that case Wednesday.


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