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Mon Aug 12, 2013, 09:08 AM

Michigan Safety Net for Boomers Frays on Bankrupt Detroit


There’s a made-in-Michigan quality to Art Reyes, a third-generation autoworker with a pension, retiree health benefits and income that enabled him to send three of his four children to college.

He’s a product of the old Michigan, which gave birth to organized labor, worker protections and wages that propelled the middle class. That Michigan is almost gone. Now overseeing the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy in Detroit, the state is at the forefront again, this time playing host to the unraveling of the homemade fabric that cloaked and comforted working families for generations.

“I’m literally one of the last at my facility to have a defined pension and health care as a retiree,” said Reyes, 45, a General Motors Co. employee and president of UAW Local 651 in Flint. His unit has 800 members, down from 9,000 when he joined in 1991.

Just as the bankruptcy of Detroit, the city that put the nation on wheels a century ago, is a symbol of urban decay, the effort to fix it through cost-cutting measures may set a stricter made-in-Michigan standard for the rest of the U.S.

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xchrom Aug 2013 OP
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Mon Aug 12, 2013, 09:24 AM

1. Is anyone in America seriously plotting a realistic course for the future that will

help to ensure economic stability for the majority, or do we continue to justify and prop up a failed capitalistic system that benefits the few with the clout and militarized power to force the majority into submission.

I'm sure there are those looking into this, but I'm also sure their findings and recommendations are suppressed. It's not that we can't find solutions, it's that those solutions are suppressed by those holding the $$$$$ and militarized power to suppress the masses. It's clearly a fucked up system and is probably not going to get better despite delusional mindsets.

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Mon Aug 12, 2013, 09:39 AM

2. I agree.


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