PONTIAC (WWJ) – The first union casualties under Michigan’s Emergency Financial Manager law: eleven Pontiac police dispatchers have had their union contract protection canceled — and their jobs eliminated.
State Treasurer Andy Dillon gave the final go-ahead to Pontiac’s emergency financial manager to transfer the jobs to the Oakland County Sheriff’s office. They’ll take over policing duties for the city in July. Dillon said he met with the dispatcher’s union and could not convince them to transfer their jobs to the county.
But, Pontiac’s financial troubles are far from over. Even after erasing most of a $10 million dollar deficit, the city will lose another $7 million from state revenue-sharing cutbacks, falling property tax revenues and unexpected bond obligations.