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Detroit bankruptcy trial gets under way
Union-Bulletin ^ | 10/23/13

Posted on 10/23/2013 3:51:48 PM PDT by Libloather

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Nonetheless, unions and pension funds are challenging Detroit on the eligibility question. They claim emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who acquired nearly unfettered control over city finances following his appointment by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, was not genuinely interested in negotiating when they met with his team in June and July.

Orr insists pension funds are short $3.5 billion and health coverage also needs to be overhauled.

Evidence will show that Orr “planned to file bankruptcy long before the purported negotiations had run their course, confirming that the ‘negotiations’ were no more than a check-the-box exercise on the way to the courthouse,” Babette Ceccotti, an attorney for the United Auto Workers, said in a court filing.

Earle Erman, attorney for Detroit’s public safety unions, said the city has cut wages and changed health care benefits without across-the-table talks. Lawyer Sharon Levine, who’s representing the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said the city spent months “mapping out its path to Chapter 9,” not looking for compromises that could keep Detroit out of bankruptcy.

(Excerpt) Read more at union-bulletin.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bankruptcy; detroit; michigan; trial
Private donors are replacing ambulances that limp around with more than 200,000 miles. The fire department has just one mechanic for every 39 fire vehicles. The number of Detroit parks has dropped to about 60 in recent years from more than 300, due to a lack of money.

Husseincare covers that.

1 posted on 10/23/2013 3:51:49 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

The fruit of democrat racist socialism on the coroner’s slab.


2 posted on 10/23/2013 4:01:48 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Libloather
The number of parks dropping from 300 to 60 is a big deal?

Hell, Detroit is atrophying back into wilderness for crying out loud (complete with the Law of the Jungle). Who needs a park?

They should strip looter-class Detroiters of their right to vote and evict them from the city. Then, turn half of Detroit, complete with murder chalk-lines, into a museum detailing how liberalism communism destroys everything it touches.

They can charge admission and use the proceeds to pay off Detroit's debts.

The other half of Detroit, they can charge admission to allow people to torch the remaining buildings. After that, bulldoze it and salt the earth remaining.

3 posted on 10/23/2013 4:10:20 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Libloather

You can only negotiate based on what you have and that ain’t much.


4 posted on 10/23/2013 4:13:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Repeat Offender

Let the whole city return to the wilderness


5 posted on 10/23/2013 4:16:42 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Libloather

will the last person leaving detroit remember to turn the lights off.


6 posted on 10/23/2013 4:27:06 PM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: cripplecreek

We all need Detroit to blaze the trail through this, break the AFSME Union and the MEA. Need for the Levin brothers to assume room temp soon as well as John Conyers.


7 posted on 10/23/2013 4:27:51 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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The country definitely needs a way forward because nearly every large city in America is far deeper in debt than Detroit.

Frankly, anyone not seriously looking for a solution is completely worthless and is no better than those who created the problem in the first place.


8 posted on 10/23/2013 4:46:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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“Frankly, anyone not seriously looking for a solution is completely worthless and is no better than those who created the problem in the first place.”

They are looking for a solution... Bankruptcy. That’t the only viable solution at this point. Get it? There is NO money.


9 posted on 10/23/2013 5:02:16 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: Repeat Offender

Wouldn’t it be better as a movie set? For post-apocalyptic movies, that sort of thing?


10 posted on 10/23/2013 5:29:28 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Ouderkirk

“Need for the Levin brothers to assume room temp soon as well as John Conyers.”

Well. looking at their ages, if they don’t retire soon, they are going to be “Lautencorpsed!”


11 posted on 10/23/2013 8:49:31 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Libloather

City revenue comes from productive enterprises and people with knowledge and skills willing to work. The economic failure of Detroit goes deeper than money flow—it goes to the heart of what it means to be a human being. Detroit is a warehouse for defective humans who consume but do not produce. Detroit is rotten in its soul and Barack Hussein Obama is spreading this disease everywhere.


12 posted on 10/24/2013 4:05:23 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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