View Full Version : Michigan Senate Ok's Ending Union Deals.

03-10-2011, 08:11 AM
The stone is rolling and throwing off moss!!


<span style="color: #000000">Legislation that would give broad new powers to emergency managers appointed to guide financially struggling cities and schools in Michigan moved one step closer to becoming law Wednesday, winning approval from the Republican-led state Senate.

The Senate passed the main bill in the package by a 26-12 party-line vote. The Republican-led House has passed similar legislation and the bills would head to Gov. Rick Snyder once differences are resolved between the two versions.

Snyder, a Republican, called for emergency manager legislation in January and is likely to sign the bills once they reach his desk. He noted on Wednesday, however, that details of the legislation still are changing as it works its way through the Legislature.

Opponents of the legislation are concerned because emergency financial managers who are appointed by the state would have the power to terminate union contracts held by school teachers and local government workers. Democrats say the measures are an assault on collective bargaining.

Managers also could strip local elected officials of most powers, which Democrats say would lead to overwhelming authority invested in someone who is appointed from outside the community rather than elected by local voters.
'Can of worms'

"I think we're opening up a can of worms," said Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, a Democrat from Taylor. "We need to be very careful about the expansive powers that we are granting to emergency managers."

Supporters of the legislation say it would lead to earlier intervention by the state, perhaps avoiding the initial crisis situations that lead to the appointment of emergency managers.

Sen. John Proos, a Republican from St. Joseph, said the measures could provide "an early warning system" for potential financial problems in cities and schools. Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, said early intervention should make appointment of an emergency manager a "rare occurrence."

The current state law related to emergency financial managers is affecting about a half-dozen local communities and schools at this time. Only Pontiac, Benton Harbor, Ecorse and the Detroit Public Schools have state-appointed emergency financial managers in place.

03-10-2011, 08:20 AM
Michigan may be one of the toughest states....although all those unemployed union members may have had their eyes opened as to the true nature of those unions they were told were looking out for their best interests.


03-10-2011, 09:05 AM
The rest of the country has a green light now. It should be interesting.

03-10-2011, 05:41 PM
Three down.