UAW/State Contract Talks Begin Thursday

By: Lori Dougovito Email
By: Lori Dougovito Email

State leaders and members of Michigan's largest employees union are preparing to bargain.

The opening day of contract negotiations for UAW Local 6000 begins Thursday. President Sandra Parker says health benefits are a big issue this time around, "We've given more then anybody in this state, more then the legislature, more then anybody above us so we don't feel we owe anymore."

State employee and Primary Bargaining Team Chair Ed Mitchell says working conditions are a concern too, "Because of early retirement, people are doing the work of two and three people. They are really burning out fast. They've been told they can't get any relief now because of the state's budget situation."

The Governor's office says simply, "Let the talks begin."

Some 17,000 state employees are represented by UAW Local 6000.


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  • by John Location: Stockbridge on Aug 10, 2007 at 02:45 PM
    The unions should have plenty of leverage with the state willing to spend $3 million extra on new police headquarters and 30 less police offices.
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Aug 9, 2007 at 10:38 AM
    The state should tell the union to cram it this is what you get take it or leave it
  • by Mark Location: Jackson on Aug 9, 2007 at 07:25 AM
    Unions responsibilities their to protect their members, but at what cost. I think of unions as doctors in ICU's. They are more concerned about their own survival with malpractice, rating systems, cost and insurance payments that they tend to forget the real needs of the patients and their families.
  • by Gene Location: Lansing on Aug 8, 2007 at 06:59 PM
    When incompetence and greed square off, don't expect much.
  • by pam Location: Jackson on Aug 8, 2007 at 06:07 PM
    I hope the unions thinks of their employment in 10 years and not what they can earn now.
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