Mayor Bing, union headed to court after talks stall

From The Detroit News:

Mayor Dave Bing and the city’s largest union remain deadlocked over contract concessions and the standoff is returning to court.

Last week, officials with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sued the city in Wayne County Circuit Court, claiming Bing’s staffers haven’t supplied much of the information the union requested on the concessions. Among the missing documents are how much Detroit would save from some of Bing’s proposals, such as eliminating daily overtime and reducing paid time off, union officials said.

Bing wants the union to take a 10 percent pay cut through 26 furlough days and accept a host of other changes to offset the city’s estimated $300 million budget deficit. Union officials say they know the city is financially strapped but argue they can’t justify all the concessions without the numbers that back up the savings.

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