SW Michigan

8:33 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Kalamazoo County Commissioners say more discussion needed before changing retiree pensions and health care

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Several commissioners say county has made promises to retired employees
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - While Kalamazoo County may make considerable changes to its retiree health care and pension plans in 2014, it became clear Tuesday commissioners want to discuss the issue at length before approving any adjustments.
8:18 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Unions, retirees plan for appeal of Detroit bankruptcy ruling

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Bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes ruled Tuesday that Detroit's bankruptcy process can proceed
While activists who fear cuts to retiree pensions protested outside the courthouse, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Tuesday found Detroit eligible for bankruptcy and gave the city the go-ahead to pursue adjustments to retirement benefits as part of its restructuring plan, despite pensions being explicitly protected by the state constitution.
7:18 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Senate committee approves bill that makes it easier to end landline service

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Battle Creek Senator Mike Nofs says safeguards added to ensure reliable phone service
LANSING - Legislation that would make it easier for phone companies in Michigan to discontinue traditional landline service cleared a hurdle Tuesday despite concerns from some consumers and businesses. Senior citizen groups and others are worried they'll lose access to vital phone, medical alert and alarm services.
5:18 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Eminem matches Michigan children's charity donations

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Wolverine Human Services helps kids between the ages of twelve and eighteen who were victims of abuse and neglect.
DETROIT, MI - The donations keep pouring in for an Eminem-backed fundraising campaign to support a Michigan-based charity that helps the needs of children in Detroit, Flint and other areas of the rapper's home state.
3:27 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Auto union may increase dues

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If approved, members of United Auto Workers will likely pay a half hour more of hourly pay per month.
The United Auto Workers is considering its first dues increase for members since 1967, according to union sources and memos posted on local union websites. UAW members currently contribute two hours of straight-time pay to the union each month.