Detroit unions do not want more negotiations

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 02, 2012 11:03 AM
Detroit unions do not want more negotiations

DETROIT (Reuters) - The head of one of Detroit's major unions said on Monday that union leaders will not continue negotiating cost-cutting agreements with the city if elected officials agree to a so-called consent agreement financial plan with the state of Michigan.

Albert Garrett, president of AFSCME Council 25, told Detroit's city council "as long as I am president we will not be back at the table prior to the expiration date of our contract." The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) represents about half of the city's unions, and a third of the city's employee headcount.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's administration has drafted a financial stability agreement that would require significantly deeper concessions from city unions that have already been agreed to in an effort to save Detroit from running out of money in May. City council members are slated to vote on the agreement early this week, ahead of an April 5 deadline.

(Reporting by John Stoll; Editing by James Dalgleish)