Detroit union leaders still in closed mediation over wages, pensions and other major issues

DETROIT (WXYZ) - 7 Action News has talked with union leaders for Detroit Police Officers and Firefighters who say they are still in closed mediation over wages, pensions and other major issues. 

Friday night, a tentative agreement was reached with the official retirees committee formed by the Bankruptcy Court. 

Union leaders say if they can get terms from negotiators for the city in the next several days, they would take a proposal to their membership for consideration. 

A major cloud is hanging over the entire bankruptcy process. There's a threat to delay a vote on $350 million dollars in state money in the Michigan House by House Speaker Jase Bolger. 

The union leaders say they are not focused on that. Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville do not support the position of Speaker Bolger that Detroit city unions must chip-in money in the process. 

The state money would be used to save the collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts from being sold and go to pensions. 

Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes has a court hearing set for Monday morning to make sure the Detroit Plan of Adjustment is clearly worded.  So much so that it's in the fourth revision. 

Ballots to all creditors, retirees and active employees go out in a couple of weeks for them to vote yes or no on the Plan. 

Groups that do not agree with terms face an imposed settlement from the Judge called a cram down that would happen in July. 

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