Washtenaw County Board signs 10-year contracts with its unions, thwarting Right to Work law

Will Michigan Republicans go after and punish counties now???


Last night, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners ratified union contracts with union groups providing services to the County that stave off the effects of the recently-passed Right to Work law for ten more years.

In an unprecedented chain of events, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved 10-year-long contracts with five of its unions Wednesday night one week before Michigan’s new right-to-work law takes effect.

In exchange for the extended time frame, the unions agreed to changes in employee contributions to retirement and health care benefits for workers hired in 2014.

The resulting reduction in employee legacy costs were touted by commissioners Wednesday night as a major investment in the long-term fiscal stability of the county…

“We are able to eliminate substantive legacy costs for the organization,” said Commissioner Conan Smith, D-Ann Arbor. “It comes at the cost of introducing risk into the benefit system for our employees.”

Given the retribution that Michigan Republicans have exacted on universities and the hreats to do the same to K-12 school districts, one wonders if they will now attempt to go after counties themselves. Their recent temper tantrums at having been out-maneuvered before their union-busting law goes into effect have them acting like a spoiled child that doesn’t get his or her way, lashing out in impotent, petulant rage.

Look out, Washtenaw County. They may be coming for YOU next.

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  • http://twitter.com/daytrader16 Joe Pflaumer

    The Republicans are probably drafting a bill today to punish them for their actions, they will probably introduce a bill late tomorrow or Monday. Nothing surprises me anymore these Republicans are out of control, they’ve done nothing but promote their party ideas since 2010. We all need to work to defeat this Republican conspiracy in 2014.

    • Ack Ack Ack

      They certainly work hard and act swiftly when it comes to legislatively punishing their political enemies. Otherwise they’re goddamned useless, kicking and screaming and dragging their heals no matter how popular an item is.

  • la58

    Got to love it. One more BIG FU to the Repugs in Lansing.

  • http://twitter.com/SayNoToGOP Dump The GOP In 2014

    +Republicans, the big money oligarchy that buys them, and the
    massive machine that devises and cranks out propaganda for the masses are at the
    root of it all. If they wish to maintain their wealth and power, they must have pliable people who will do their bidding.

  • Mike48162

    Let’s keep fighting back for our citizens, state and democracy! Republicans will keep hammering and crucifying, but let’s not go quietly. Let’s build momentum for Nov 2014!

  • majii

    The Constitution prohibits ex post facto laws, so since this was done before the new law took effect, there’s nothing the republicans can do from a legal POV. But, I put nothing past them. One of them will step up and sue Washtenaw Co, wait for it.

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