Emergency Decree Cuts Wages for Detroit School Workers

Source: Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes, August 2, 2011

Public sector unions predicted Michigan’s emergency manager law would be used to savage their contracts–and now their warnings are proving accurate.

The Detroit school district’s emergency manager, Roy Roberts, is using the near-dictatorial powers granted to him by the March bill to impose a 10 percent wage cut on all 10,000 employees and make them pay more for their health care.

Roberts thoughtfully included his own $250,000 salary in those to be cut….According to Newbold, if Roberts applies the cut to lunch aides, they will drop below minimum wage.

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