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Labor union attorney seeks Detroit pension commitment

DETROIT (WKZO) -- A labor union attorney wants a state of Michigan commitment to funding for a so-called Detroit bankruptcy grand bargain before retirees vote on pension fund settlements. A proposal would pair 350-million dollars in tobacco settlement money with similar private foundation contributions to support the two funds and protect the Detroit Institute of Arts from creditors.

Sharon Levine with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says former city workers would be hit hard if the money doesn't materialize. Levine made her argument Thursday in front of Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes.