Coincidence that another liberal paradise of oversized promises and good intentions is going awry? I think the solution is to *obviously* give the political class more power so they can legislate Detroit back to prosperity!
Union battles have played a role in three of the four biggest municipal bankruptcies filed since 2008. That year, Vallejo sought court protection after unions rejected wage cuts.
The onetime U.S. Navy town of about 120,000 on San Francisco Bay imposed new contracts on workers, cut its police force and eliminated medical benefits for retirees.
Last year, Stockton and San Bernardino in California filed bankruptcy, citing pension and other labor costs. Both cities have demanded that workers pay more toward their pensions.
“Bankruptcy has not been a panacea for labor unions,” Ron M. Oliner, a lawyer who represented the police union in Vallejo. “It is hard to fathom a circumstance where Detroit’s unions would not want to negotiate in an effort to avoid a filing if possible.”
Milewski, the firefighter, said the city should take care of those who sacrificed for it.
“For years we kept saying they can’t, they can’t, there’s no way they can cut us as retirees, and take away money these guys earned in a career,” Milewski said. “It’s so disheartening, and not just in my situation, where I lost the use of my legs in the line of duty.”