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Call to Action: Vote NO on the Fiat Chrysler CBA

Call to Action: Vote NO on the Fiat Chrysler CBA

UPDATE May 7, 2019 3 pm
Thank you to everyone who joined us at City Council today and have made calls. We had feedback of over 100 calls into council by COB yesterday. Please keep up the calls and stay tuned for future actions. $8.8 million in community benefits on “up to $280 million” in public investment is not enough. #FCACBA

On Friday, May 3, in a large press conference downtown the details of the Fiat Chrysler deal were finally disclosed. The city revealed that an additional $50.6 million of public money would be spent to assemble the land needed for the deal.

Morouns get $43.5 million and 117 acres for 82.2 acres that will be given to FCA for free!

Total land costs are $107.6 million, with $50.6 million coming from city and the rest coming from State loans and grants.

DO THE MATH
The original public investment $160 million + additional $50.6 million for land deals = $210.6 million + the value of the land swapped (???) vs. $8.8 million* in community benefits from FCA for Detroiters.

*As Council Member Spivey pointed out in the Planning and Economic Development Committee on May 2, if you take $5 million from the state for workforce development that FCA added to their totals, their contribution to the benefits package is only $8.8 million

This is a losing proposition for Detroiters any way you slice it.

We want a New CBA!

Call to Action:

Today, reach out to friends, family and community to share these details.

Monday, May 6 – contact all Detroit City Council members and tell them to vote NO on the Fiat Chrysler CBA. We want a New CBA!

Tuesday, May 7th – join us at 9:30 am at City Council for public comments.

Detroit City Council will vote on the benefits package next Tuesday, May 7th. The land transfer will have to go to Planning and Economic Development Committee next week with a full council vote on Tuesday, May 14th.

  1. Demand City Council to vote “No” on the FIat Chrysler Community Benefits package. We want a new CBA.

  2. Demand City Council to support an Environmental Amendment to the Fiat Chrysler CBA that will support additional air monitoring and community benefits specific environmental health. (read our environmental one-sheet)

Detroit City Council Contact Information

Brenda Jones, Council President, At-Large
313-224-1245 – @DetCouncilPres
bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

Janeé L Ayers, At-Large
313-224-1027 – @Ayers4Detroit
ayersj@detroitmi.gov

James Tate, District 1
313-224-1027 – @CouncilmanTate
councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

Roy McCalister Jr., District 2
313-224-4535 – @RoyMcCalisterJr
councilmemberMcCalister@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313-224-1198 – @Scottinthe3rd
bensons@detroitmi.gov

André Spivey, District 4
313-224-4505 – @AndreLSpivey
councilmanspivey@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield, President Pro Temp, District 5
313-224-4505 – @MsMarySheffield councilmembersheffield@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Casteñeda-Lopez, District 6
313-224-2450 – @Raquel4Detroit
councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313-224-2151 – @GabeLeland
lelandg@detroitmi.gov

Background:

On Wednesday, March 13, The Community Benefits process for the Fiat Chrysler project was introduced to residents in the “impact area” around the project.

Only seven weeks later, On Wednesday, April 24, the Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) approved the community benefits package. The vote was met with silence and disapproval from many of the residents.

In April, the NAC approved the package based on Fiat Chrysler’s stated request for up to $160 million in public investment from the city and state. Fiat Chrysler’s contribution to the benefits package is only $8.8* million. This is not enough.

*As Council Member Spivey pointed out in the Planning and Economic Development Committee on May 2, if you take $5 million from the state for workforce development that FCA added to their totals, their contribution to the benefits package is only $8.8 million

On Friday, May 3, in a large press conference downtown the details of the Fiat Chrysler deal were finally disclosed. The city revealed that an additional $50.6 million of public money would be spent to assemble the land needed for the deal.

The negotiations with the NAC were based on $160 million in public investment when they should have been working from $210.6 million. $8.8 million for community investment on $210.6 million of pubic investment is even more unacceptable.

This ‘reveal’ of an additional $50.6 million after the NAC’s approval comes on top of a litany of issues with the community benefits process.

Detroit City Council will vote on the benefits package next Tuesday, May 7th. The land transfer will have to go to Planning and Economic Development Committee next week with a full council vote on Tuesday, May 14th.

We demand city council to vote “No” on the FIat Chrysler Community Benefits package. We want a new CBA.

We are also demanding city council to support an Environmental Amendment to the Fiat Chrysler CBA that accommodates the State of Michigan’s permit approval conditions for additional air monitoring and community benefits specific to environmental health. (See EGLE press release)

Timeline

Wednesday, March 13
CBA process begins

Wednesday. April 24
NAC approval of benefits package

Friday, April 26
EGLE permit approval with additional monitoring and community benefits

Saturday, April 27
Missed deadline for land assembly

Friday, May 3
Land transfer press conference where 50.6 million in public investment is added to the deal.

Tuesday, May 7
Council vote on Fiat Chrysler benefits package

Tuesday, May 14
Council vote on final land transfers for the deal