City, Labor Unions reach tentative contract agreements

April 28th, 2014

A coalition representing 3,500 current Detroit employees and the city have reached consensus on five-year collective bargaining agreements for those workers, they announced this morning. The agreements will go to a vote of the membership of the 30 different labor groups involved: 17 units represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and 13 other groups.

“The Coalition negotiated terms that will serve as a template for each Coalition union’s individual agreement. These terms will be added to “master” and “supplemental” agreements which will serve as the union agreements for the locals within the Coalition,” the coalition said in a statement.

Union leaders also used the announcement to urge less outsourcing of city services.  “All too often the City management looks to privatization as the answer, and all too often privatization proves ineffective,” Coalition Spokesman Edward McNeil said in a statement.

Bill Nowling, spokesman for Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, emailed media in the early afternoon, saying, in part, “Because these negotiations remain subject to a federal mediation order, the City will refrain from issuing any statement about the details of the agreement until such time as authorized by the federal mediator.”

The terms of the proposed agreements with AFSCME and other unions will be incorporated into the city’s next Plan of Adjustment. Attorneys said this morning that would be filed Friday.

Here is the bankruptcy court mediators’ statement about the employee agreement:

Mediators Statement 04282014

-By WDET’s Sandra Svoboda

@WDETSandra and nextchapter@wdet.org