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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