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Sun Mar 10, 2013, 02:32 PM

Local union protests possible Emergency Financial Manager for Detroit

Source: WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit

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.




Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/detroit/local-union-protests-possible-emergency-financial-manager-for-detroit

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Reply Local union protests possible Emergency Financial Manager for Detroit (Original post)
Teamster Jeff Mar 2013 OP
Omaha Steve Mar 2013 #1
theaocp Mar 2013 #2
silvershadow Mar 2013 #3
FarCenter Mar 2013 #4
VPStoltz Mar 2013 #5
Union Scribe Mar 2013 #6
SpartanDem Mar 2013 #7

Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sun Mar 10, 2013, 02:54 PM

1. Way to go AFSCME


K&R!

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sun Mar 10, 2013, 03:08 PM

2. Never gets old.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sun Mar 10, 2013, 03:22 PM

3. I wonder how the State of Michigan would feel if the federal government decided to implement an

Emergency Manager law against it? Just sayin'.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sun Mar 10, 2013, 04:09 PM

4. A "50 people" protest march? Seems small, even for depopulated Detroit

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 12:17 AM

5. Hmmmm...Democratic rights? Didn't the good people of Detroit

ELECT K.KILPATRICK? You keep exercising your rights and you keep making the wrong decisions - democratically speaking.

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Response to VPStoltz (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 12:31 AM

6. He isn't the mayor.

Not sure what your point is. Should elected leaders be rendered powerless because you don't like who they elected? The issue goes beyond Detroit.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 12:45 AM

7. It may violate democratic rights, but there is no right to local government

Unlike the relationship of federalism that exists between the U.S. government and the states (in which power is shared), municipal governments have no power except what is granted to them by their states. This legal doctrine was established by Judge John Forrest Dillon in 1872 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Hunter v. Pittsburgh, 207 U.S. 161 (1907), which upheld the power of Pennsylvania to consolidate the city of Allegheny into the city of Pittsburgh, despite the wishes of the majority of Allegheny residents. In effect, state governments can place whatever restrictions they choose on their municipalities (including merging municipalities, controlling them directly, or abolishing them outright), as long as such rules don't violate the state's constitution.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_government_in_the_United_States#Dillon.27s_Rule


Not at least as Supreme Court precedent for the last 106 years is concerned. You could make an argument that the state applying it's power over it's municipalities doesn't allow them to do it in a discriminatory manner But of course the state would argue that criteria for a state takeover is neutral. I know a lawsuit is in the in the works, it'll be real interesting to read those briefings.

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