Union Official Speaks In Detroit Bankruptcy Trial

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- Attorneys for Detroit will get a chance to cross-examine a labor leader about his dealings with the city before it filed for bankruptcy in July.

Steve Kreisberg is national director of collective bargaining at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents many Detroit workers. He says he didn't get a chance to negotiate pension or health care issues at meetings in June and July.

Kreisberg is back in the witness chair Tuesday. A judge is hearing evidence before deciding whether Detroit is eligible to scrub its books in bankruptcy court.

Unions and pension funds say there were no "good-faith" negotiations before the filing, a key step under bankruptcy law. Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, denies it.

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