Bill Would Punish Cities for Long Union Contracts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Legislation passed by a Republican-controlled House panel could put some state funding at risk for local governments that sign long labor contracts before Michigan's right-to-work law takes effect.
The bill was approved by the House General Government Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday. It would tie some incentive funding for counties, cities, villages and townships to requirements that union contracts renewed or extended before Thursday show savings of more than 10 percent.
Exact funding consequences for each municipality weren't immediately clear. Washtenaw County last week approved 10-year contracts with its unions.
Similar restrictions in a recent higher education budget proposal would cut 15 percent of aid for universities that enter into lengthy contracts without savings.
Republicans criticize the contracts as circumventing the right-to-work law. Democrats say the contract negotiations have been fair.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2013 at 11:14 AM
    All of you saying that the contracts will cost the taxpayers. How do you know this? Don't throw out statements unless you know. I bet many contracts were settled that actually give the taxpayer a break with pay freezes or cuts and a cut in benefits.
  • by REN Location: Lansing on Apr 6, 2013 at 08:19 AM
    Maybe they should write articles with headlines "Legislation tries to save Michigan cities, counties from themselves, citing Detroit as example of bloated, unsustainable Union Contracts". Or "Republican legislators attempt to protect taxpayers of Michigan cities, counties from LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS, UNIONS" Or "College tuition rates will skyrocket to cover costs of recently signed Union Contracts".
  • by Name Location: Location on Apr 2, 2013 at 04:27 AM
    Could the head line have read "Cities look to punish tax payers for RTW legistration".
  • by Trina Location: East Lansing on Apr 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM
    If the legislators wanted the law to take immediate effect, they could have written it that way. But they didn't. When will the micromanaging end?
  • by onefarmer Location: Clinton County on Mar 30, 2013 at 02:17 PM
    Nothing like making up a new law after the contracts are signed! Whether you agree with the Right to Work law or not. This is just wrong.
  • by name Location: howell on Mar 27, 2013 at 03:12 PM
    Name-like the right to work will make a level playing field (and no im not pro union). I do however wonder what kind of teacher you will get for $7.85 an hour If they dont pay dues they dont get the same benefits afforded to those who are in the union and fight for wages.
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 27, 2013 at 08:52 AM
    When you take a full year to negotiate a 3 year contract and 1 month to negotiate a 10 year contract something is up.
  • by Pete Location: Lansing on Mar 27, 2013 at 04:14 AM
    What's next?
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 27, 2013 at 03:52 AM
    They are trying to make michigan long term debt more reasonable and eliminating government waste. These cities are only signing these contracts because theya re prounion and do not want to play on a level playing field.
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