Thursday, May 06, 2010

Pension Protest

The Michigan Legislature introduced bills last month that could potentially dismantle the City of Detroit’s two public pension funds and bring them under the management of a nonprofit trust based in Lansing. This move has been bitterly contested by the various labor unions that are served by those funds.

I was in downtown Detroit this afternoon for a series of meetings and had an opportunity to witness approximately 80 city employees protesting the proposed takeover in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (2 Woodward Ave.) They were orderly, respectful of passers-by, and very well organized.

I also couldn't help but notice that Councilwoman JoAnn Watson was one of those protesting this afternoon. This is one of the few times that I've ever seen an elected official so closely connected with a labor dispute.

I predict that this issue won't go away quietly any time soon. In the meantime, I want to share a brief video clip that I recorded with my cell phone from the scene.

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