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Detroit Pension Funds Sue to
Block City Bankruptcy Filing

Bloomberg, by Margaret Cronin Fisk

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Posted By:PChristopher, 7/19/2013 2:16:06 AM

Two Detroit pension funds sued the city’s emergency manager and the governor of Michigan, asking that a court find a bankruptcy filing would conflict with the state’s constitutional protection of public retirees’ rights. The General Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System of the City of Detroit filed the lawsuit yesterday in state court in Ingham County, Michigan, seeking a judgment that Governor Rick Snyder can’t authorize a bankruptcy filing that could reduce pension benefits. The funds also sued Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, who was appointed by Snyder in March

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Oh, there´s brains for you: Milk every last drop from the cow until it can no longer stand and then sue it for not standing back up so they can milk it to death again. You unions made your own beds...how´s it feel?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Country Boy, 7/19/2013 2:21:26 AM     (No. 9431523)

Municipal unions are killing the large cities. This is one of the major reasons the Dem Party is a criminal enterprise.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/19/2013 2:56:36 AM     (No. 9431528)

So much of this can not be stopped. To make the law work, they must break the law. It´s delving with fantasy economics and down right fraud on an unparalled scale. The govoner must protect the union pensions. The State laws say he must, but other laws say the state funds are not to be granted free gratis to any municipality. It´s going to require a very severe breaking, not bending, of the laws no matter what. There will be consequences!? The rest is a down hill slide like a run away train as rule of law evaporates throughout the country.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 7/19/2013 3:15:09 AM     (No. 9431535)

What´s funny here is yo have millons of people in this country that would just as soon see white people would disappear.Do they really want their areas to become Detroit because that is what would happen.How much of big city disintegration started with the left´s bright idea of busing? Can someone document that busing has worked?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 7/19/2013 3:32:27 AM     (No. 9431540)

So public pensions shouldn´t be protected because a city ran their government like the
the dems are running the nation?
If you work in a Union state that forces you to join the union to work you should be shafted? This kind of petty blustering is why we can´t win elections.
They have every right to sue . They worked for that retirement.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 7/19/2013 4:22:31 AM     (No. 9431547)

They should literally give the city to the union. Let them run it any way they want. Tax the remaining citizens 100%. Sell off the assets, suck it dry, burn it to the ground, whatever.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/19/2013 5:05:45 AM     (No. 9431561)

Here´s an idea. Give the City of Detroit to the unions, the same as Barry gave Goobermint Motors to the unions.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: uno, 7/19/2013 6:46:47 AM     (No. 9431611)

The mad, desperate scramble over the crumbs. Welcome to the Obamboozler´s vision of Fundamental Change!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: KTWO, 7/19/2013 7:17:47 AM     (No. 9431648)

This is going to be complex. The unions now are in state court trying to force the Governor and Orr to explicitly favor them in the bankruptcy filing.

Right off hand I doubt they can dictate anything in the bankruptcy filing. But we shall see.

The bankruptcy outcomes will be decided in federal, not state court. And how much the federal court must, or will, care about the pension plans is no question for amateurs.

It may not end there. The state constitution guarantees the pensions. So if the unions and pensioners are unhappy after the bankruptcy they will go to Lansing and the state courts and try to force the Legislature to cough up the money. That would be both a political and a legal campaign.

It may take years. Chrystal Ball is cloudy.





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Reply 9 - Posted by: msjena, 7/19/2013 11:27:01 AM     (No. 9432021)

Not all public employees are union. The City cheated the pension funds--which employees were required to pay into--by not making the required contributions. I think the elected officials themselves should face liability for essentially stealing from the funds.

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