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State workers balk at call for more cuts

State workers protest outside Cadillac Place in Detroit Monday.
Sarah Cwiek
Michigan Radio
State workers protest outside Cadillac Place in Detroit Monday.
State workers say they’ve already sacrificed their fair share to help alleviate Michigan’s budget crisis.
That was the rallying cry of hundreds of union workers who protested outside state offices in Detroit Monday. Governor Snyder wants another $260 million in concessions from state workers
But Ray Holman, a legislative liaison for UAW Local 6000, says that’s unfair. He says state workers have given up a lot, all while being asked to do more as the demand for state services has surged.
“We’ve had unpaid work days. We’ve worked 80 hours but only got paid for 78. We’re paying higher premiums, higher deductibles…all at a time when we’re trying to provide basic services with minimal staff.”

Holman says the unions have put forth an alternative plan that would bring about cost savings by cutting managerial positions, and getting more value from contractors and consultants.


Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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