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|Current Court Information:|
|United States bankruptcy court, Eastern District of California|
|Undergraduate:||University of California|
|Law School:||University of California at Los Angeles|
Michael McManus is a bankruptcy judge for the United States bankruptcy court, Eastern District of California. He was appointed on January 11, 1994, and reappointed to a second term on January 11, 2008. McManus was elevated and served as chief judge from November 3, 2000 until September 30, 2008.
Prior to joining the bench, McManus worked at the private practice law firm of Felderstein, Rosenberg & McManus as a partner. The firm then merged with Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan, where McManus served as a partner, focusing on bankruptcy-related matters.
City may reject pre-existing collective bargaining agreement (2009)
*[ In re City of Vallejo, California] 08-26813-A-9
McManus, as the National Law Journal reported March 2009, "held the city of Vallejo, Calif., has the authority to void its existing union contracts in its effort to reorganize." This set precedent in California as it holds that public workers do not get the same protections Congress gave union workers at private companies.
McManus held on March 13 that when Congress enacted 11 U.S.C. sec. 1113 to limit companies from rejection of union contracts, it limited it to Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Because it failed to extend the limits to Chapter 9, covering municipal bankruptcy, McManus said cities have broader latitude to break existing union pacts.The city of Vallejo declared bankruptcy in 2008, blaming spiraling payroll costs and declining revenue. Within weeks, the city asked McManus in Sacramento to void all four contracts with 400 police, firefighters, electricians, maintenance workers, secretaries, clerks, and other city workers.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of California: Judge Michael S. McManus Bio
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