Members at Community Mental Health Agency of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties (CMHA-CEI) had a wage re-opener for the Large, Residential and RN Units. CMHA-CEI, like many other municipalities, faced a large budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year due to an estimated multi-million-dollar reduction in Medicaid revenue along with increased retirement costs. As a result, CMHA-CEI began negotiations by firmly stating that there could not be a raise for employees without substantial cuts. The bargaining team did not wish for there to be negative consequences for employees such as layoffs in order to allow for a raise, but the team also knew that the membership would still want them to push for a raise.