The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

State of Michigan Workers under Attack

Nov 11, 2013

Five state employee unions in Michigan, representing 33,000 state workers, just said NO! to Governor Snyder’s final contract offer. The dispute now goes before the state’s Civil Service Commission.

The following is an excerpt from a union website,

“Why We Are Protesting”

“State workers are under the gun.... The type of health insurance the state wants will literally bankrupt some people who have big medical bills. It could cost some people up to $5,000 a year in out-of-pocket costs. People in the State Health Plan and HMO’s, in separate ways, would see big changes, in a negative way. In addition, the issue of Wellness plans was discussed. But the way they are being looked at, these could only hurt people even more financially.”

“On top of all this, the very tiny pay increases the State is proposing will not even keep up with inflation, let alone make up what we have lost the past couple of years, or put a dent into the higher, much higher, health insurance costs the State wants.”

“For all these reasons, we cannot agree to this.... Enough is enough!”

“We need people to come to the Impasse Hearings that begin in Lansing on Wednesday, November 13th.... We need to all be there to let the Impasse panel know that we care about our jobs and our benefits that we deserve.”