Judge Puts Detroit On The Spot Over Pension Remark

5 Nov

Some creditors claim the city failed to hold “good-faith” negotiations with them before the July filing, a key step that’s needed to be eligible to recast $18 billion in debt, including $3.5 billion in underfunded pensions. Steve Kreisberg, national director of collective bargaining at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said he attended at least four meetings with Orr or his staff before the filing. “We were expressly told they were not negotiations,” Kreisberg told the judge. Kreisberg tried to portray the union as flexible and reasonable, saying AFSCME, for example, has negotiated health care costs in Illinois while still challenging a new state law that would make retirees pay for those changes.

Judge clears way for domestic horse slaughter

(Photo: Jeri Clausing, AP) SHARE 1836 CONNECT 48 TWEET 54 COMMENTEMAILMORE ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) A federal judge on Friday cleared the way for horse slaughterhouses to resume operating in the U.S. as early as next week.

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