Emergency Manager Orr terminates two union contracts

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is terminating contracts with two of the city's unions.

It affects the city's contract with the Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association as well as AFSCME Local 1023, which covers about 100 Detroit 9-1-1 dispatchers.

A spokesperson from Orr's office says a letter has been sent to the union members advising their union contracts are being cancelled.

"They [Collective Bargaining Agreements] require the city to notify unions 10 days before a contract expires," said the rep. He continued, "Nothing would change for employees until and if new employment terms are set by the EM."

The contract with Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association, which includes about 465 members, will be terminated effective July 6.

Seven Action News spoke to incoming Detroit Police Chief James R. Craig.  He starts on July 1.  He says the timing is no accident.  Without the contract in place he will be able to implement structural changes in the department.  He also said he will not make changes without working with the policemen and women he will be leading.

"I want to improve morale in the department," said Craig.

Both contracts were set to expire in July, but because Orr terminated the contracts, collective bargaining that would typically take place after the expiration date will no longer happen.

"CBAs expire on the end date of the contract," the letter said.

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