The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Contract negotiations

Oct 8, 2001

As predicted, the state is crying broke during contract negotiations. Rumors from the talks are that the state is offering a one% raise per year for the next three years, big increases in insurance deductibles and co-pays, along with other attacks on our contract.

The state says it has no money and must cut back. But that didn’t stop them from awarding BIG raises to Engler, the legislators, and the judges. Big raises, meaning up to 38%! How could anyone forget that. Besides, Engler has always been proud of Michigan’s billion dollar rainy day fund. Well, it’s time to bring out the umbrella, because it’s raining!