The emergency manager of Detroit has created a new meaning for the term “collective bargaining.”

He wrote his own contract for teachers, decided what its terms would be, didn’t consult the teachers, and imposed it unilaterally.

The terms have not been revealed.

But Roy Roberts, the emergency manager who is a former auto-industry executive, knows what they are. Whatever he wants them to be.

That’s “collective bargaining” in the new Michigan.

One man rule. Rule by fiat.

Does it sound undemocratic? Of course.