Detroit unions face challenges in consent deal

City Council debating agreement, deal must be signed by April 5

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DETROIT - Municipal workers in Detroit say they've been backed into a corner by a proposed consent deal that would nullify temporary wage and benefits concessions and change the landscape of future collective bargaining deals in the city.

The City Council is debating the financial stability agreement being negotiated by Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder and has to sign off on it before the deal is complete.

READ: Rod Meloni's blog on agreement

If an agreement isn't reached by next Thursday, Snyder will have to decide whether to appoint an emergency manager with sweeping powers to run Detroit. The city would have until April 13 to appeal.

Among other things, Snyder is seeking outsourcing of work to improve services or save money and having employees pay a portion of their wages to cover pension costs.

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