Local union protests possible Emergency Financial Manager for Detroit

DETROI T (WXYZ) - Members of AFSCME Council 25 are spending their Sunday marching in protest against the possibility of an Emergency Financial Manager for Detroit.

The protest march began at noon at the DTE Energy building. While some members carried a casket, others held picket signs as the group of 50 people marched along Michigan Avenue near Third Street

Demonstrators are vowing to fight the law, which they believe violates democratic rights.

It's the latest of several demonstrations that have been organized in the days following Governor Rick Snyder's announcement that Detroit is in a fiscal crisis.

The protests come as Detroit could be placed under an Emergency Financial Manager this week.

Governor Snyder announced earlier this month that Detroit was in a financial emergency and that he planned to put an EFM in place.

However, Detroit City Council has announced they are appealing that decision. Members say a stronger consent agreement will be able to get the job done and an EFM is not necessary.

That appeal hearing is set for Tuesday at 10:00 am in Lansing. However, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has said he is not taking part in the appeal and will work with the Emergency Manager when that person is appointed.


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