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Detroit Council Approves Union Worker Furlough Days

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Detroit City Council in session (WWJ Photo/Marie Osborne, File)

Detroit City Council in session (WWJ Photo/Marie Osborne, File)

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DETROIT (WWJ) - In an effort to address the city’s budget deficit, Detroit City Council has approved a resolution imposing mandatory furlough days for some union workers.

The move, which is expected to save the city about $470,000 a month, goes into effect Monday.

The council had previously agreed to impose 26 furlough days for roughly 650 non-union employees — one every two-weeks — earlier this month.

“We do expect our unions, our civilian non-police unions, to have a similar level of sacrifice,” said Detroit Chief Financial Officer Jack Martin.

Thursday’s vote came shortly before Gov. Rick Snyder was set to host a round table discussion on Detroit’s budget crisis.

The governor has less than a month to decide whether the state will appoint an emergency manager to oversee Detroit’s financials recovery.   Detroit State Senator Morris Hood III says help is needed — but not in the form of a takeover.

“As a bulldozer effect, or just coming in and forcing your way in instead of partnershipping up and coming in and helping,” Hood said. “I think that’s one of the push-backs that you’re gonna have. It doesn’t seem as though you’re coming in to help — it’s coming in to take over.”

Earlier this week, a state-appointed review team found that Detroit was in a “financial emergency” and forwarded its report to the governor.

Detroit is billions of dollars in debt and has a budget deficit topping $300 million.

MORE: Gov. Snyder To Discuss Detroit Finances Thursday

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