In Michigan
4:25 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Financial plan: Flint union contracts under review

FLINT, MI –

A financial plan from Flint's state-appointed emergency manager says city employee union contracts are currently under review for possible renegotiation.

The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/zg2zDM ) that the plan includes Michael Brown's suggestions for reducing the city's projected $11.3 million deficit. A copy of the plan was released to the public Tuesday.

According to the plan, Brown wants to cut costs through "negotiated union contracts, consolidation and shared services." His next steps include restructuring collective bargaining agreements and reorganizing departments.

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said in a statement that the proposals "highlight the need for greater cooperation."

Brown was appointed last year. He has broad authority to make changes in the financially troubled city, including the power to oversee city government and toss out union contracts in some situations.