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Awash in red ink, Detroit pays out nearly $500k in bonuses
NBCNews.com ^ | 12/13/2012 | Martha C. White

Posted on 12/14/2012 5:24:13 AM PST by haffast

Detroit is dangling at the edge of insolvency, but the city reportedly has enough funds to pay workers nearly $500,000 in bonuses, the Detroit News reported Thursday.

The newspaper said the annual longevity bonuses, which went out last Friday to 1,148 workers, ranged from $150 to $750, depending on how long a worker had been employed.

The city, which has fewer than 10,000 employees, eliminated longevity bonuses for union employees three years ago, the Detroit News added. But a statement emailed to NBCNews by Mayor Dave Bing’s spokesman Anthony Neely said the majority of workers — 697 of them — who got the payments were union members. Neely did not immediately respond to a request for clarification or say which union or unions had members who received payments.

The City Council’s pro tempore president Gary Brown told the Detroit News, “We need to get to the bottom of whether it was intentional or an accident of some sort."

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Last Friday, Bing announced at a news conference that the city would lay off 400 to 500 workers over the next few months. The city is struggling to fix its troubled finances and stave off a possible Chapter 9 bankruptcy

If Detroit can't get its financial house in order, it could become the largest U.S. city -- at a population of 700,000 -- to file for bankruptcy protection. Earlier this year, two mid-sized California cities -- Stockton and San Bernardino -- filed for bankruptcy.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrats; layoffs; unions
Well at least they got their bonus./s
1 posted on 12/14/2012 5:24:19 AM PST by haffast
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To: haffast

the US is one giant Detroit.


2 posted on 12/14/2012 5:28:52 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: haffast

Sort of gives black and blue a new meaning


3 posted on 12/14/2012 5:31:18 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: TurboZamboni
the US is one giant Detroit.

Not quite yet, but that is obviously the goal, and is perhaps soon to be achieved. When that is the status quo, I might be in the mood for punishing those responsible.
4 posted on 12/14/2012 5:35:27 AM PST by ZX12R (Merry Christmas fellow Freepers!)
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To: TurboZamboni

The Titanic is sinking.


5 posted on 12/14/2012 5:46:08 AM PST by rovenstinez
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To: rovenstinez

Title is misleading. When I worked, my longevity pay was in my contract. It may be called a bonus, but it was an extra check that came in December and based on my years of service. Mine was a percentage. It almost always went to pay property tax, not christmas presents. I see bonuses as a reward for achieving goals and objectives of the work place. Not that you showed up to work a set period of years.


6 posted on 12/14/2012 5:49:38 AM PST by midcop402
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To: haffast

Rank amateurs compared to the bail out bonuses of Wall Street.


7 posted on 12/14/2012 5:49:55 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: haffast; cripplecreek

Detroit might as well be another country compared to the rest of Michigan.

Doubt the French would want it back...


8 posted on 12/14/2012 5:56:17 AM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: quantim
Detroit might as well be another country compared to the rest of Michigan.

That it is. Detroit and Flint.
9 posted on 12/14/2012 5:59:46 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: haffast

Detroit is down to 700,000 people?

That’s smaller than Buffalo (which is a very small ‘big city’)


10 posted on 12/14/2012 6:06:07 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: haffast

The city which has 10,000 employees...? Unions? Longetivity bonuses?

“Socialism Is Legal Plunder” - Bastiat

BIG GOVERNMENT IS CRONY SOCIALISM and Detroit is a microcosm of FEDGOV, without the ability to print money.

Let’s see...where could YOU cut???...

http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/index.shtml

STOP the clock...

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

REVERSE the clock. Without raising taxes, a surplus clock should be ticking and then current taxes lowered accordingly and dramatically, without “representatives” taking any pay or having any perks, retirement, insurance, etc., etc.

“The present-day delusion is an attempt to enrich everyone at the expense of everyone else; to make plunder universal under the pretense of organizing it.” - Bastiat

“It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.” - Bastiat

.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Alter it.

DEFUND socialist collectives, foreign and domestic. DISMANTLE their collectives. DEPOPULATE them from the body politic.


11 posted on 12/14/2012 6:19:56 AM PST by PGalt
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To: rovenstinez

“The Titanic is sinking.”

Quick, move the deck chairs over here.


12 posted on 12/14/2012 6:20:15 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (You cant bring something to its knees that refuses to stand on its own)
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To: haffast

Typical response from the bacon eaters in Detroit. Michigan please wipe your butt.


13 posted on 12/14/2012 6:21:14 AM PST by JohnD9207 (Isn't freedom worth fighting for?)
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To: quantim

BTW The legislator is sending the citizenship ballot application issue back to the governor today.

http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/12/michigan_legislators_again_add.html

I think something they aren’t telling us about has shifted the whole state government hard to the right. I personally suspect that there is evidence of massive fraud and simply cutting them off at the knees is the best way to deal with it.


14 posted on 12/14/2012 6:23:48 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
Detroit and Flint.

Don't leave Lansing out of the mix! Just as left as Detroit and Flint, and I think we may have surpassed Flint in population. This resolution, passed Monday by every member of our City Council, is just one, tiny, recent example of how liberal our capitol city is:

RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LANSING

WHEREAS, Michigan has a long history of workers and management coming together to grow the middle class and ensure success; and

WHEREAS, collective bargaining protects workers’ voices to negotiate fair wages, benefits, workplace safety, and job security; and

WHEREAS, the Michigan House and Senate have passed versions of a so-called “right-to-work” law; and

WHEREAS, Right-to-work laws are designed to severely weaken unions and thus their ability to bargain on behalf of their members; and

WHEREAS, Right-to-work laws pit workers against each other by allowing people at unionized workplaces to opt out of paying dues while still enjoying the full benefits of union representation; and

WHEREAS, states with right-to-work laws have lower wages, more people without health care and lower safety standards for union and non-union workers alike.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Lansing City Council opposes making Michigan a so-called “right-to-work” state; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Lansing City Council urges Governor Rick Snyder to veto right-to-work legislation and instead focus on strengthening the middle class and moving Michigan forward.

15 posted on 12/14/2012 6:28:33 AM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: haffast
Awash in red ink, Detroit pays out nearly $500k in bonuses ...

So ... 0bama supports Detroit bonus'. Now why does this remind me of one more incredible hypocrisy and lie of the Occupy_WH poseur ...

Obama tries to stop AIG bonuses: 'How do they justify this outrage?'

16 posted on 12/14/2012 7:36:05 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: midcop402
I see bonuses as a reward for achieving goals and objectives of the work place. Not that you showed up to work a set period of years.

In the real world, adequate competence to do the job you were hired for is what gets you your weekly paycheck.

Not surprisingly, this "longevity bonus" fairy tale has only existed in public or private union employment.

17 posted on 12/14/2012 8:37:02 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: Wolfie
Rank amateurs compared to the bail out bonuses of Wall Street.

I've always believed that most of those croo.. err "executives" should be doing jail time. What other choice does the ordinady investor have? The "other" Wall Street? Curiously, a non-government monopoly is allowed to exist.

18 posted on 12/14/2012 8:47:14 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: grellis

Virg Benero’s fingerprints all over that.

Is it just me or did there seem to be a noticeable absence of MSU at the capitol building?

I expected to see some ‘green’ up there like all the ‘red’ in Wisconsin but saw none.

And also expected more younger faces in the crowd, but few if any. Maybe they were afraid of union thuggery.

Or maybe MSU students/faculty got their Obama & pie and don’t care about unions & RTW.


19 posted on 12/14/2012 9:18:48 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: quantim

You missed the memo! Everyone was asked to wear red to show support of unions. That’s why the nurses union, who protested the day before the big rally, used red duct tape over their mouths. Wearing green last week was seen as the anti-red, a show of support for RTW. We wore green all week.


20 posted on 12/15/2012 11:28:51 AM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: grellis

Not really sure what to make of RTW day protests. They didn’t come back much either.

Expected a lot more Detroit teachers there, if not all of them. And lot more purple SEIU stuff too.

But mostly the knuckhead hardhat types.

Guess they all know it was over so now they are just throwing threats against Snyder’s family, 2014 elections etc.


21 posted on 12/15/2012 9:12:12 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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