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Flint has seen it's murder rate soar this year, while at the same time the city has been forced to layoff police officers.  Mayor Dayne Walling has been talking about asking voters to support a new police millage.  The Flint Journal is reporting, tonight Walling pl

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A contract dispute between Flint's mayor and the city's public safety unions escalated Tuesday.

Tuesday, the city of Flint sent layoff notices to 20 police officers. The city and the police unions have not been able to agree on major contract concessions to help reduce a projected budget deficit.

Also on Tuesday, Flint firefighters rejected a proposal to slash their current contract by nearly 10 percent. Union president Raul Garcia says Flint firefighters were upset that agreeing the concessions would not protect them from future layoffs.

Flint firefighters are voting on a new contract and the outcome is far from certain.    The head of the city’s firefighters union says its chances are 50-50.

 Flint firefighters are being asked to approve a new contract that will force firemen to increase contributions to their retirement plan and force them to pay more for health insurance.

“Basically the city doesn’t give us anything.  They’re basically just taking away.," says Raul Garcia, the president of the Flint Firefighters Union,  "They made us no kinds of offers or incentives for people to leave.” 

Flint police officers will not be getting layoff notices this week after all. 

 50 city workers are expected to lose their jobs to help ease the city’s budget crisis.

 But Flint mayor Dayne Walling says there will be no layoff notices sent to city police officers or firefighters this week.   He says layoff notices will be sent to Flint public safety employees after the holiday weekend, though contract talks with the city’s police officers continue.  

 

The city of Flint has started sending out layoff notices to city employees.
But so far, none of the notices have gone out to those who work in public safety.
The city of Flint is wrestling with an estimated 5 million dollar short fall in this year’s city budget.    The mayor wants the city’s unions to absorb about half of that deficit with double digit wage and benefit concessions.

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