Mayor Bing imposes union cuts - New York News

Mayor Bing imposes union cuts

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) -

The mayor calls it a tough day for Detroit. He's imposing sweeping cuts to the city's unions. It comes one day after City Council rejected the employee union cuts.

Wednesday, Maybe Bing announced plans to impose the new union contracts effective immediately. Bing, on a press tour, stopped by Harms Elementary School for a neighborhood initiative meet and greet. After the event, he was right back on message, saying he had to make a decision he knows will negatively impact the lives of Detroit workers but that he has to worry about 700,000 people in Detroit - not just the city workers.

Contracts for nearly all of the city's 48 collective bargaining units expired June 30th. Despite City Council's Tuesday "no" vote, Mayor Bing is imposing 10% union pay cuts, changes to work rules and major cuts to health care. It's a move that will save the city $102 million a year

In a statement to Fox 2, Dan MacNamara, President of the Detroit Firefighters Association says the Mayor's decision is sacrificing public safety to bust unions. He says they had an agreement opening the contract and preserving safety but he ignored it.

Click on the video player to hear reaction from Mayor Bing and union leaders.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:37:51 GMT
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's Mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
  • NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
  • Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:00:18 GMT
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices