First off unions come into theses "talks or meetings" with a list of demands and threats.
The "threat" they bring with them is always the same give us what we demand or we strike disrupt delivery of services to the community the union supplies services to and the community the city represents at the table.
The problem is there are no tax payers in on these talks, just unions demanding and city officials not wanting a strike or disruption of services.
Tax payers get the final bill there is no avoiding that so tax payers should have a final say or vote in the cost of contracts.
The city employees don't have to live with the or pay off those of overly generous retirement benefits because they retired and gone with the bills come due. so the bill for bad faith contract talks goes to the tax payers.
Look at the facts it isn't just Detroit, every city every state in the country is being drown in union retirement debt. This extensive nation wide problems tells us the process is flawed and needs to be stopped.
why are unions paid more than workers in the private sector,? Threats threats threats.
I think president Regan had the right idea when the Air traffic controllers walked out he fire them all. Unions can not hold a gun to tax payers heads and say stick um up.
Working for city, county state or federal government should be like working for any company or store in America. pay rates and benefits should be on scale with private industry.
American employees are the same weather they work for business or a city government ,some are great and worth their weight in gold and some are worthless and should be fired replaced with people who care.
As a consultant I have worked with employees at every level of federal government, military , private industry, public sector and can assure you there are some real sad sacks working in government that are over paid and not worth half of what they get. They got promoted because they were black woman or they were dragged up to a level of incompetence by a friend in a higher position, but they are not qualified
we end up correcting the mistakes they make and make them look good so we get more business from them.
I should write a book sometime detailing the mess.
but this union threats we can't afford those out of context with reality contracts any more we are going broke because of them.