'Stop the Attack' say Detroit Workers as City's Bankruptcy Reviewed
The fight over the largest city bankruptcy case in U.S. history in Detroit reached a federal court on Wednesday, despite an earlier ruling that found the filing unconstitutional.
As U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes considered the legality of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, protesters gathered outside the courthouse to contest the plan being pushed by the city’s appointed ’emergency manager’ Kevyn Orr.
“We labored for our pensions and I feel as though no one has a right to take away our pensions from us,” explained Detroit city worker Angela Franklin to the Detroit Free Press. “To say it’s necessary to cut us… that’s unacceptable.”
Unions call the plan pushed by Orr as an attack not only their pensions and livelihoods, but on the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan as a whole.
And Sharon Feldman, who neither works or lives in Detroit, told the newspaper she felt it was necessary to participate in the rally because “what happens to one person happens to everybody.”
“I believe that we have to work towards creating a world where all people are treated equally and with respect,” she said. “Because if there’s unfairness, there’s going to be unfairness for everybody.”
Orr’s filing of bankruptcy last Thursday is sure to do just that, warn union members and local activists, who also object to the extreme privatization and the gutting of public resources proposed by the un-elected official.
Though a state judge ruled on Friday that Detroit’s bankruptcy filing in federal court was in violation of the state’s constitution—which bans any action that proposes to cut the pension benefits of public employees—that judgement was overturned by a Michigan Appeals Court panel on Tuesday.
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