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Tensions Flare at Lowell City Council Meeting

Posted at 11:07 PM, Oct 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-21 23:07:38-04

LOWELL, Mich.- Another heated city council meeting took place in Lowell Monday night as residents continued voicing their concerns over the city’s labor negotiations.

It’s an ongoing battle between City Manager Mark Howe and some of their union employees.

This battle comes after a state judge ruled Howe punished some workers for joining a union, giving everybody else $1,000 bonus and some a $1 an hour raise.

The judge accused Howe of trying to bust the union.  The city says they didn’t get the raises because they were in the middle of negotiations.

Monday, both sides had strong words and opinions about the judge’s ruling.

Residents pushed for a response or a date when the city council will openly address the issue.  They were told, “no comment.”