April 28, 2014 / 1:30 PM / 4 years ago

Detroit reaches labor deal with city unions

April 28 (Reuters) - Detroit and a coalition of 14 city employee unions have reached a tentative deal on five-year collective bargaining agreements, court-appointed mediators said on Monday.

The agreement in principle covers the major aspects of labor contracts with the city’s largest union, AFSCME, and 13 other bargaining units, said the mediators, who were appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge overseeing Detroit’s historic municipal bankruptcy.

Once the pacts are finalized and ratified by union members, the terms will be included in the city’s plan of adjustment, which must be approved by the bankruptcy court, the mediators said in a written statement. Terms of the deal, which covers 3,500 workers, were not released and will be made public once the contracts are ratified. (Reporting by Dan Burns; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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