Skip to comments.Chances for Local Government Union Pay Reform Good in House; Questionable in GOP Senate
Posted on 03/07/2011 7:04:47 AM PST by MichCapCon
In 2009, the city of Ann Arbor faced an $8 million deficit over two years. Then an arbitrator ruled that the city would have to pay police retroactive pay raises dating back to 2006, costing the city another $1.5 million. Today, Ann Arbors Chief Financial Officer Tom Crawford says the city faces another $5 million deficit over the next two years, and that the estimate includes no wage increases for city employees.
However, the city is facing binding arbitration yet again with the same police union.
Among the features that upset its critics most, the law governing binding arbitration with local police and fire unions does not allow arbitrators to first consider the ability of a local government to afford the pay raises that are being demanded by unions. Local officials say this creates a situation where union salaries can only go up, even if the local government cant afford it.
Public Act 312, the law that requires binding arbitration for police and firefighter unions when they cannot agree to a contract with their municipalities, has been considered a problem for years by municipal officials and many in the GOP. Today, with Republicans in firm control of the entire Legislature and the governors office, there is a serious effort brewing in the Michigan House to eliminate PA 312 altogether.
But the major obstacle may come from within the Republican Partys own ranks. Last week, GOP Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said a repeal of PA 312 was not on his agenda.
It's going out of our way to create problems vs. solving them, he said of efforts to make substantial changes to PA 312. There are enough real problems without getting philosophical. My focus is on jobs and the economy."
(Excerpt) Read more at michigancapitolconfidential.com ...
Michigans biggest problems have been its’ Unions. The best thing that could happen there is to become a Right To Work State and abolish all Public Unions. It is a shame when they have the votes that there are spineless Republicans who wont face up to what needs to be done.
What are the chances of the good people of Michigan turning out Stabencow?
What gives them the right to earn more, retire sooner, have both union and civil service guarantees of a job and pay less for their health care and retirement than THE REST OF US!
I only hope that my children will know a country where the Republicans actually have a backbone.
I hope my children will live in a country where the GOP is considered the party of the far-left socialists, and they are members of the other party that finds it’s roots in today’s TEA Party.
I’m from Michigan, and that is my NUMBER 1 goal for the 2012 elections!! She is a useless stupid cow.
I’ve heard just in the last few days a new name (one I don’t recall hearing in the past at all) stepping up to run against her on the republican ticket. Prior to the latest name (which I can’t remember), those mentioned were former Gov John Engler, former Congressman Pete Hoekstra (who didn’t win the primaries for gov this last time), former State Senator Mike Bishop, who was term limited and lost the primary race for attorney general, Terry Lynn Land, term limited SOS.
Any would be better than the one we have now!
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