Employees expose ‘Pure Michigan Waste’ in state government

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November 12, 2013

Employees expose ‘Pure Michigan Waste’ in state government

Campaign highlights state employee ideas to improve state services and save taxpayer money

LANSING — On Tuesday the Coalition of State Employee Unions (CSEU) launched its campaign to highlight areas where Michigan state government can reduce waste and improve services to citizens. The coalition has issued a new report titled Pure Michigan Waste that builds on the unions’ 2011 New Solutions for Michigan report, which exposed waste in state government and sought solutions through joint employee-management collaboration.

“Employees like me have given lots of cost-saving ideas to the state over the last few years,” said Karla Jefferies, a UAW Local 6000 member who works for the Department of Human Services in Pontiac. “As taxpayers, as residents and as workers, we have a vested interest in streamlining services and cutting costs. The state needs to listen to us and involve us in the process of making state government more efficient.”

The CSEU maintains that workers on the front lines of the day-to-day operations at state agencies know best what can be changed, fixed or done away with to improve services and save Michigan taxpayer dollars.

“It’s only when managers and workers are collaborating that we can achieve real efficiencies,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada. “Currently the Snyder administration does not see state employees’ critical role in creating a leaner government. That’s why we’re launching the Pure Michigan Waste campaign today.”

The Pure Michigan Waste report can be found at www.workingformichigan.org.

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The Coalition of State Employee Unions (CSEU) represents 35,000 state of Michigan workers who are members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 6000; the Michigan State Employees Association (MSEA) AFSCME Local 5; the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 517M; the Michigan Corrections Organization (MCO) SEIU Local 526M, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 25.

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