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untanglingwebs
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For several years now the City of Flint financial reports have indicated how legacy costs of Flint's pensions could potentially bankrupt the city. At a recent RTAB meeting, the minutes reflect that a state representative told the board the state was asking for a $19 million increase, for a total of $41 million for the Municipal Employees Retirement System (MERS). The Flint pension fund (FERS) was switched to the MERS system under Emergency Manager Brown and new employees were switched to alternative retirement plans. With fewer employees paying in to the fund,the fund required more supplemental funding from taxpayers.

Unfortunately, the state MERS is going underwater and has a $4 billion deficit and healthcare is showing a $11 billion deficit. The Lansing State Journal and Michigan Capital Confidential have written extensively on this problem and the fears of numerous Michigan cities and townships of becoming insolvent. State Rep. Pam Faris has also been vocal in notifying the taxpayers of the upcoming financial storm.
Post Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:48 am 
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untanglingwebs
El Supremo

For over 20 years the City has promised public safety employees better retirements in lieu of salary increases and other perks. These employees relied on these promises when planning their future retirements. Now the city wants to turn their back once again on the past promises. Police and Fire employees have already suffered financial losses in benefits and compensation throughout the financial emergency situations. Now the contract negotiations are becoming contentious. Will the city continue to ask concessions of employee groups that have already made many sacrifices?

UNder Stanley, there was a series of "early retirements". The Journal carried stories of retirees that had pensions greater than their salaries at retirement. In addition the earlier retirement ages added a strain on the pension system.

When the unions asked Williamson for another round of early retirements, the actuaries stated that proposal was not advisable considering the existing strain on the retirement system. This decision angered the union.
Post Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:04 am 
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untanglingwebs
El Supremo

The police department has a history of costly lawsuits starting with Middleton, et al which dealt with an improper affirmative action policy which adversely impacted white promotional candidates. Then when Williamson was angered at complaints over an all white Command Structure he created a special unit, the Citizens Service Bureau, without testing and other procedures that had recently been been agreed to with the Department of Justice. That cost the city a lot of money.

A lawsuit involving somewhat arbitrary promotions by former Police Chief Trevor Hampton are still pending as well as claims of retaliation.well as claims of retaliation. Weaver supporters are pointing to pending lawsuits as major contributors to future insolvency issues.

Now lawsuits are ongoing against the current police chief and alleging whistleblower type demotions and retaliation.
Post Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:20 am 
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untanglingwebs
El Supremo

With all of the Weaver camp diverting attention from other financial issues by focusing only on the water crisis, the current police contract negotiations are being ignored. Other communities facing pension and other pension related benefits, such as healthcare, are cutting services as well as reducing employee compensation.

With Flint's current financial issues, will the city attempt to quietly shaft the police to enable a weak mayor to hide potential pending insolvency. Citizen's are becoming weary of the water battle as evidenced by the low turn out at Weaver's recent Town Hall.

Flin Human Resources Director Charles Mc Clendon recently informed the police bargaining unit that the city was bringing in a labor attorney. Police indicate they have given up enough in previous cuts and the resultant battle could be contentious. What will be the end result for services to citizens?
Post Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:50 am 
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untanglingwebs
El Supremo

http://flinttalk.com/viewtopic.php?t=12456 These links addresses the potential insolvency matters.

http://flinttalk.com/viewtopic.php?t=12384
Post Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:54 am 
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untanglingwebs
El Supremo

Mayor Weaver created a special position of Chief of Staff for Rodney (Steve) Branch for $75,000. Former 33 year GM employee so what benefits are included. Some internet sites still show him and Terrye Sue branch as living in Port St Lucie, Florida.

There is now controversy that Sylvester Jones is not competent in his position as City Administrator for a $90,000 salary.

So if these two positions are effective, why is it that a prominent Pastor went on the air for a talk radio show to demand the council approve a $12,000 position for Weaver's adviser Aonie Gilcreast and strongly implied Gilcreast pushes many of her policies.

What a kick in the azz to our Flint police to keep creating a highly paid and seemingly incompetent administration while demanding they make concessions during the contract.

The Charter only allows Mayor Weaver to have 10 appointed administrative personnel, which includes department heads. Also some one needs to look for nepotism in city hall.
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