Unions Sue to Block State Worker 3 Percent Payment

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Three state employee unions have filed lawsuits against the state aimed at blocking a measure that requires workers to pay 3 percent of their salaries toward retiree health care.

The Lansing State Journal reports Wednesday that United Auto Workers Local 6000, the Michigan State Employees Association and AFSCME Council 25 sued this month in Ingham County.

Unions say the forced contribution violates the state constitution by nullifying labor contracts.

The contribution is part of a retirement incentive package prompting more than 4,700 state workers to leave their jobs by Jan. 1. The lawsuits don't affect those retirements.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office told the newspaper the state won't comment on the lawsuits because they are pending.

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  • by Keith Location: Lansing on Nov 17, 2010 at 03:12 PM
    Well, they've done it to teachers. That 3% started coming out of paychecks in August.
  • by JJ Location: Lansing on Nov 17, 2010 at 12:31 PM
    Kelly, your assessment is quite wide of the mark. "Your employees" have already have already made SEVERAL sacrifices to balance the budget in recent fiscal years. Your contempt for your neighbors that administrate many of the services and amenities of which you surely partake is very disheartening. I assure that the VAST majority of these public servants have struggled no less than any other group of people. Their homes are also being foreclosed upon too. You should focus more of your ire on your state legislators, who have repeatedly refused to aid in bearing the fiscal burden that they expect their constituents to contend with. While cutbacks to pensions, pay, and workforce have been levied upon the rest of the public servants, the Legislature have declined to make the same sacrifices. They still have their lifetime benefits, and they didn't scale back any of their overinflated salaries. Call your representatives and tell them that if we have to make sacrifices, they should too.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    Most private sector employees pay between 12% and 19%. Anyone else sick and tired of hearing OUR EMPLOYEES whine about how bad they have it?
  • by joe user Location: Lansing on Nov 17, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    Ok, as reported it states "The contribution is part of a retirement incentive package..." NEWS FLASH: THIS ISN'T A CONTRIBUTION. It's a forced payroll deduction for three (3) years including from state employees who will NEVER be eligible for that retiree health care plan.
  • by State employee Location: Lansing on Nov 17, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    about time, this one is REALLY ridiculous & illegal....I'm very tired of being bankrolled to fix state budget problems simply because I happen to be a civil servant.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    Another union work stoppage, I will be glad when they stop making companies profitable.
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