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Flint's Emergency manager ready to impose new contract terms on police

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(07/11/14) - Emergency manager Darnell Earley is ready to impose new contract terms on Flint police officers.
     
That word comes after months of negotiation between city and union officials trying to reach an agreement.  

Darnell Earley says he has met with all of the police unions on several  occasions and will continue to do so.

According to published reports, the head of the union representing police officers says the latest proposed contract from Earley is a case of  "my way or the highway".
     
ABC12 has learned that Earley isn't waiting for an agreement. He now wants to impose new contract terms on police.
     
Public Act 436 gives him the power to dictate work schedules, seniority, discipline and promotions without waiting for a deal to be reached.
     
Council member Sheldon Neeley says Earley submitted a letter to the council late last month outlining plans to impose employment terms on the FPOA which represents Flint police officers.
     
Council has not yet responded.
     
Some members disagree with Earley's strategy.
     
Earley says his focus remains on the job he was brought in to do.

"I would argue that we're doing what we need to do on behalf of the city of Flint and its 100,000 residents and I understand that some groups may have their own concerns and their own issues, but I have to move in the direction that's going to provide the maximum amount of benefits for the residents who depend on the city of its quality of life and for its services," he said.

Kevin Smith is the president of the Flint Police Officers Association.
     
We've been unable to reach him for comment on this story.
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