Category: Emergency Managers

CONTRACT BROKEN: Detroit School Emergency Mgr cuts all union employees wages 10% + more

Unionized school employees in Detroit were dealt another blow today as Emergency Manager Roy Roberts wiped away their union contract and cut the wages by 10% across the board. This comes after Detroit Public School (DPS) employees accepted a major wage concession just a year and a half ago. Wielding power under a new state law to modify union contracts, […]

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Imposition of an Emergency Manager now being used to threaten unions

Imposition of an Emergency Manager now being used to threaten unions

This scenario was entirely predictable. The latest call for an emergency manager in Metro Detroit is coming from an unlikely place — the affluent Northville Public Schools. Stalled contract negotiations between administrators and employees have school board members discussing the possibility of seeking an emergency manager, which under state law must be appointed by the governor. Emergency managers have the […]

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Why the Michigan GOP took the “Financial” out of “Emergency Financial Manager”

When Michigan Republicans passed the legislation that became Michigan Public Act 4 of 2011 or P.A. 4 or the “Emergency Manager Act” or “local government and school district fiscal accountability act” or, as I call it, the Financial Martial Law Act, they took a subtle step that few noticed. They changed the name of “Emergency Financial Manager” to simply “Emergency […]

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Benton Harbor Emergency Manager changes Jean Klock Park hours – again

I can’t figure this out. You’ll recall that I recently blogged about Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joseph Harris restricting access to Jean Klock Park by changing the hours of operation. The change happened in May but flew under the radar until Michigan Messenger’s Eartha Jane Melzer reported on it. Now, it turns out, Joe Harris has changed the park’s hours […]

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Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris restricts access to Jean Klock Park

THIS seems rather arbitrary. Which probably means there’s some underlying reason for it that will raise your hackles. Locals are no longer allowed to take early morning walks in the park under an order issued by Benton Harbor’s Emergency Manager Joe Harris. Jean Klock Park, the city’s public waterfront which has already been partially privatized as a Jack Nicklaus golf […]

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An eloquent takedown of the Emergency Manager Law from a TEA PARTY candidate

A while back, I wrote a piece for A2Politico.com in which I took the Michigan Democratic Party to task for, among other things, not supporting the efforts stop Public Act 4 (or, as I call it, the “Financial Martial Law Act”). Subsequent to that article, I contacted the Michigan Republican Party and several leaders of tea party groups around the […]

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Financial Martial Law (P.A. 4) repeal gets a jump start in Ann Arbor

Financial Martial Law (P.A. 4) repeal gets a jump start in Ann Arbor

The effort to repeal Public Act 4, the Financial Martial Law Act, in Michigan got a great jump start yesterday when nearly 100 local activists, concerned citizens and organizers got together for an informational townhall meeting. The event was put on by the Washtenaw Community Action Team, a group that describes itself as “a coalition of local unionists, activists, students, […]

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An overview of Michigan’s “Financial Martial Law Act” – P.A. 4

I’m getting ready for a townhall meeting in Ann Arbor tomorrow where I will be presenting an overview of Michigan’s “Financial Martial Law Act”. The townhall meeting is from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Community Center. The Facebook page is HERE. If you are in the area, I encourage you to join us. I realized the […]

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Report from the Pontiac Financial Martial Law Act lawsuit press conference

Report from the Pontiac Financial Martial Law Act lawsuit press conference

I want to draw your attention to sureujest‘s fine Daily Kos diary covering yesterday’s Pontiac press conference held by Sugar Law Center and plaintiffs in the lawsuit to declare Michigan’s Financial Martial Law Act unconstitutional. In it she has photos, video and interviews from participants. Here is an excerpt: At the late afternoon press conference in Pontiac, MI today I […]

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Traverse City Financial Martial Law repeal activists reach their 4-month petition goal in several hours

Traverse City Financial Martial Law repeal activists reach their 4-month petition goal in several hours

Okay, can I just say how much I love THIS??? In Traverse City volunteers collected about 1200 signatures within a few hours Saturday afternoon. “People saw the signs at our table and on our many petitioner’s clipboards and eagerly offered their support,“ said Amy Hardin of Reject Emergency Managers. “We blasted through our first box of petitions in no time […]

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BREAKING: Major lawsuit attacks Michigan’s Financial Martial Law Act as unconstitutional

I have a piece up at A2Politico.com that reveals the breaking news that 28 Michigan residents along with the Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice and the Center for Constitutional Rights have filed a lawsuit in Michigan challenging the constitutionality of Public Act 4, the so-call “Financial Martial Law Act” recently passed by Republicans. The defendents in the […]

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