A group of local leaders in Michigan have begun to question whether union workers are actually doing more financial harm than good in their stance on several key fiscal issues, The Associated Press reported.
Proposed pay and benefit cuts for Wayne County’s unionized employees have caused significant debate within the State. Several key officials, including Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, have noted that unless these workers pick up more of their healthcare and pension costs, Michigan will be in real financial trouble, according to the news outlet.
A University of Michigan study that surveyed key leaders of local communities in the State showed that more than 56 percent of these individuals felt that the unionized workers have had a negative effect on the fiscal health of their towns and cities, reported the AP.
The report was released in the wake of several key strikes that have been organized by unions within the State, most recently, Central Michigan University’s faculty strike. Teachers were ordered to return to their classes following a ruling by a judge who felt that these individuals had little bargaining power when it came to salaries in the current economy, according to the Detroit Free Press.