Union Say Governor Flip-Flopped on Joint Contract Talks

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

"The group said Tuesday that Snyder reversed his position by not bargaining with the coalition as he did in 2011."

A coalition of five unions representing 35,000 Michigan state employees is accusing Gov. Snyder of "flip-flopping" by refusing to meet them jointly in this round of contract talks.
The group said Tuesday that Snyder reversed his position by not bargaining with the coalition as he did in 2011.
Snyder administration spokesman Kurt Weiss says the governor "has always supported the collective bargaining process" but says joint talks are unwieldy.
United Auto Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada says the unions "were extremely successful bargaining as a coalition in 2011." She says the two sides quickly reached a satisfactory agreement.
The unions say the Snyder administration had offered to either negotiate with the leaders of the five unions as a group without bargaining committees or to negotiate separately with each union.


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