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Unions Ask To Appeal Detroit Bankruptcy Ruling In Federal Court

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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2013 file photo protesters rally outside federal court in Detroit during a trial to determine if Detroit is eligible to restructure $18 billion in debt. Unions and pensions funds opposed to bankruptcy claim there was a lack of good-faith negotiations with creditors before the Chapter 9 filing. If a judge finds that's true, he could throw out the case. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT (AP) — Unions and Detroit pension funds are back in court to try to persuade a judge to allow them to appeal a decision that lets the city fix itself in bankruptcy.

They want Judge Steven Rhodes to put the Dec. 3 decision on a fast track to a federal appeals court in Cincinnati. A hearing is set for Monday.

Lawyers for emergency manager Kevyn Orr say it's more appropriate to file an appeal when the case is over. Unions, retirees and pension funds say Rhodes was wrong to find Detroit eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

They're especially disappointed that the judge will allow pension cuts. Detroit says pension plans are underfunded by $3.5 billion.

Orr hopes to file an $18 billion reorganization plan by January.

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