The Spark

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

Michigan History Corner

Nov 11, 2013

In 2003, Governor Granholm came after concessions from state workers. She wanted to permanently cut each state worker’s pay by $4,000 a year. Back then, state workers decided to express some anger. A series of protests were organized. It helped! Granholm backed off and in the end, workers saw a temporary cut of $2,400. (Remember Banked Leave Time or BLT?)

Ten years later, Governor Snyder wants HUGE health insurance concessions. Under the proposed new state health plan, if a family member gets cancer, it could end up costing you $7,000 in medical bills.

How will state workers respond in 2013?