Detroit police rally in protest of new contract

Jul 26, 2012

Several hundred Detroit police officers, firefighters and other municipal union members have rallied in protest of wage and benefits cuts called for in new city contracts.

Holding aloft some signs that read: "Highest Crime Rate. Lowest Pay," workers, retirees and their supporters marched today around City Hall.

The rally was organized by Detroit police unions.

Mayor Dave Bing imposed new contracts on unions whose previous deals expired June 30. Salaries will be cut by 10 percent, and employees must come up with 20 percent of their medical costs.

Bing has said the cuts will save Detroit more than $100 million.

Detroit Police Officers Association president Joseph Duncan says his union is fighting the contract through the courts.

Duncan says there will be no work stoppage by officers.