Kevyn Orr Gets Increasing Pushback From Detroit Union Members

July 10, 2013, 5:19 PM

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is running into turbulence as a decision nears on whether to take Detroit into an unprecedented bankruptcy.

Two groups of Detroit city workers and retirees have sued to prevent pension cuts, the Detroit Free Press reports. Union representatives met Wednesday with Orr’s restructuring team and "bristled against restrictions on discussing publicly what they heard in the talks," the paper says.

The concerns from union members and retirees was underscored by two lawsuits that workers and retirees recently filed in Ingham County Circuit Court, seeking to prevent Gov. Rick Snyder from ultimately authorizing a bankruptcy filing because such a move would likely include reducing pension benefits for retired workers.

Orr has said he hopes to avoid filing a Chapter 9 petition, but without cooperation from creditors and city workers and retirees, that may be unavoidable.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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