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Union fights Wayne County over health care changes

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The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) secured a court order to prevent Wayne County from changing its retiree health care benefits. A redesign proposed by the county would have tripled prescription drug co-pays for employees who retired under the 2000-2004 contract.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Gershwin Drain issued a temporary restraining order requiring the county to continue its present benefits until the issue is resolved in the courts. AFSCME requested public hearings.

AFSCME staff representative Richard Johnson said, “These retirees made a career of service to the people of Wayne County, and the social contract demands that Wayne County fulfill its commitments and obligations to them.”

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