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UAW Begins Contract Talks With State Print
Friday, 24 July 2015 15:12
Today, the United Auto Workers (UAW) and The Office of the State Employer (OSE) gathered for their traditional ceremony of beginning new contract talks.  Bargaining with other state employee unions, including MSEA, will begin sometime in August, but no dates have yet been established.  The current state contracts, which were approved in January 2014, are set to expire at the end of 2015.  It's unclear at this point if the unions will be allowed to bargain together as a Coalition or will have separate talks with the state.  The state has to agree to allow the unions to do that, but the state is in discussions with union leaders on the issue, and no decision has been made so far.  OSE's new director, Marie Waalkes, replaced Jan Winters, who is now the state personnel director for the Michigan Civil Service Commission (MCSC).  The last round of negotiations in 2013 didn't go smoothly.  Unions contested the state's proposal to switch all employees over to a health plan that had been implemented for new hires. The unions said the new plan would cost their members more for out-of-pocket payments, but the state maintained the switch would bring down premiums overall. The talks broke down to the point where an impasse panel had to come in, which endorsed the state's position on health care.  The MCSC ended up deadlocking when voting on the proposal before one commissioner finally voted to endorse the impasse proposal and approve the state employee contracts.
Contractor Spends Medicaid Money On Key West Fortune-Teller Print
Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:50
Attorney General Bill Schuette announced charges on Wednesday against Ervin Brinker, a former mental health authority official, for allegedly spending $510,000 in Medicaid money on a Key West psychic palm-reader and her husband, under the guise of "health care consulting."  Brinker was charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud conspiracy and one count of embezzlement by a public officer, all 10-year felonies.  He was CEO of Summit Pointe in Battle Creek before his termination in February.  The Calhoun County Mental Health Authority, which does business as "Summit Pointe," is a Community Mental Health Authority (CMHA) that contracts with the state. Brinker was arraigned in Ingham County District Court yesterday, and attorneys for both sides said a plea deal is close to being reached. 
--edited from MIRS
Wayne County Found To Be In Financial Emergency Print
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:08
A five-member review team met on July 7, 9, 10 and 17 to investigate Wayne County's finances, and to meet with numerous county and union officials and members of the public.   The review team has determined that Wayne County--Michigan's most populous county--is in a financial emergency.  The move is the first for any Michigan county and was not unexpected.  County Executive Warren Evans last month requested the review and a consent agreement with the state.  A consent agreement would supposedly implement employee benefit cuts detailed in Evans' "recovery plan."  That plan seeks $230 million in cuts over four years.  The review team's findings came after the Treasury Dept. conducted its own preliminary review, which cited, among other things, a county projection of a $171.4 million deficit without remedial action by fiscal year 2019.  Gov. Rick Snyder now has 10 days to declare if an emergency exists.  If that happens, the Wayne County Commission would have seven days to choose one of four options: consent agreement, emergency manager, neutral evaluation or bankruptcy, although the law also provides an opportunity for an additional hearing and an appeal. Al Garrett, president of AFSCME Council 25, raised concerns about the speed of the process, noting that the review team still had more than a month left to complete its work.  Garrett said the speed could actually hurt the ability of the unions to help the county find savings.  He said the unions are continuing to negotiate with the administration and could actually get a better deal than what has been propsoed so far.  Garrett also noted that recent developments, including a settlement on retiree health care and increased property tax collections, indicate an improving financial picture for the county.
--edited from Detroit Free Press