The unions in Detroit are now standing up to the plate to fight for their homes and their livelihoods. From Workers Independent News:
Several unions are challenging Detroit’s bankruptcy filing and the cuts in pensions sought in that bankruptcy. AFSCME Council 25 told the bankruptcy court that the city has not proven it is insolvent and has not negotiated in good faith with its creditors. Billions of dollars in pension obligations earned by workers are on the line here. The average city of Detroit worker pension is $19,000 a year, so if pensions are cut it will be a severe hardship for retirees who served Detroit well for their working careers. Governor Rick Snyder’s Detroit emergency manager, Kevyn Orr has called for “significant cuts” to the pensions. The union challenges to Detroit’s bankruptcy filing includes the legal position that the emergency manager law which enabled Detroit to file bankruptcy violates the state constitution. In addition to AFSCME, the UAW, SEIU and Operating Engineers are also challenging the bankruptcy. So are retired police and firefighters associations. The unions represent about 21,000 Detroit retirees.It is actions like this from Snyder or those by Scott Walker and Chris Abele that we are seeing a slow but steady increase in membership again. People are catching on that these Teapublicans are only interested in the taxpayers because they want their tax money for themselves instead of letting it go to the workers.