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Unions say Snyder declines to use joint bargaining
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A coalition of five unions representing 35,000 Michigan state employees is accusing Gov. Snyder of "flip-flopping" by refusing to meet them jointly in this round of contract talks.
The group said Tuesday that Snyder reversed his position by not bargaining with the coalition as he did in 2011. Michigan has since become a so-called "right-to-work" state.
Snyder's office said his administration would comment later Tuesday.
United Auto Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada says the unions "were extremely successful bargaining as a coalition in 2011." She says the two sides quickly reached an agreement that satisfied all parties.
The unions say the Snyder administration had offered to either negotiate with the leaders of the five unions as a group without the bargaining committees present, or to negotiate separately with each union.