Members of Detroit’s largest employee union ratified a five-year contract that includes 12.5 percent pay increases over the next five years. As part of the agreement, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25 agreed to publicly support the city’s Plan of Adjustment. Pensioners are currently voting on the plan as part of the bankruptcy proceedings.
Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Ed McNeil, a special assistant to the AFSCME council’s president, appeared together today to announce the terms of the deal, which was negotiated against the backdrop of Detroit’s bankruptcy.
”It provides a level of stability for the city with regard to both labor relations and one of its most crucial bargaining units. It also provides the city with the ability to prospect out over the next five years indeed for the next nine ts cost of labor and more importantly it provides the employees a level of stability as far as what’s going to happen to them,” Orr said. “We’re mindful that this whole process of emergency management and the bankruptcy has been somewhat destabilizing and this agreement allows us to get some level of stability and progress moving forward.”
Matt Helms reported the story for the Detroit Free Press.