Full story here:Michigan Senate passes bills to give emergency managers more power | MLive.comThe Michigan Senate has approved bills that would give broad new powers to emergency financial managers over objections of union members......Opponents of the legislation are concerned because emergency financial managers who are appointed by the state to run struggling cities and schools will have the power to terminate union contracts. Managers also could strip local elected officials of most powers.
Another story on it here:Emergency financial manager bill passes Mich. Senate | mich, michigan, bill - WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3
The MI state legislature link:Michigan Legislature - House Bill 4214 (2011)
Here is the actual bill:http://www.legislature.mi.gov/docume...-HEBS-4214.htm
Emergency Financial Manager positions seem to be a pretty powerful position and I can't imagine the voters in MI envisioned a single person being appointed to make decisions that could affect a lot of people and their money.
Act as sole agent of the local government in collective
bargaining with employees or representatives and approve any
contract or agreementMaybe this is nothing and I am just paranoid.the emergency manager may remove 1 or more of the serving
trustees of the local pension board or, if the state treasurer
appoints the emergency manager as the sole trustee of the local
pension board, replace all the serving trustees of the local