Detroit council approves furlough days for non-union workers - New York News

Detroit council approves furlough days for non-union workers

Posted: Updated:

By Alexis Wiley
Fox 2 News


DETROIT (WJBK) -- Detroit's non-union employees will have to take a ten percent pay cut in the form of furlough days -- one every two weeks.

"There are two no votes and four yes votes," City Council President Charles Pugh announced after the body voted on the measure Friday.

That pay cut is in addition to previous cuts and increased healthcare costs.  The move may cost employees, but it will save the city millions of dollars if union workers agree to do the same.

However, Ed McNeil with AFSCME says that's a move he's not willing to make.

"They continue to gut not only the unionized employees, but the non-unionized employees to pay for the consultants that they continue to mandate that the city of Detroit used," he said.

Mayor Bing released a statement saying the savings will go back into the city's general fund, but union leaders like McNeil are sticking to their guns and won't be budging anytime soon.

"I talked about $800 million that's owed to the city of Detroit by these individuals who have not paid their fair share.  Yet we do not go out and get their money.  What we do is say to employees you need to take another cut.  Let's get the big folks who got the money, who we know who got the money, and make them pay their fair share and get off the backs of the workers," said McNeil.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Garner's family meets U.S. attorney

    Staten Island stores worried about rally

    Staten Island stores worried about rally

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:01:16 GMT
    The Rev. Al Sharpton and family members of Eric Garner came from a meeting with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in which they asked for a federal civil rights investigation into his apparent chokehold death. Meantime, Staten Island businesses are bracing for the huge crowds expected at Saturday's march. Sharpton said he is estimating about 3,000 to 5,000 people to rally Saturday.
    The Rev. Al Sharpton and family members of Eric Garner came from a meeting with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in which they asked for a federal civil rights investigation into his apparent chokehold death. Meantime, Staten Island businesses are bracing for the huge crowds expected at Saturday's march. Sharpton said he is estimating about 3,000 to 5,000 people to rally Saturday.
  • Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team auditions

    Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team auditions

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:26:39 GMT
    Out of over 500 hopefuls only a handful will join the Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team. The Nets held auditions this week at LIU Brooklyn. Adorable Bronx native Arielle was turned away last year but this time around she's made it through to the final round of the auditions. But even those who were on the team last year still have to try out.
    Out of over 500 hopefuls only a handful will join the Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team. The Nets held auditions this week at LIU Brooklyn. Adorable Bronx native Arielle was turned away last year but this time around she's made it through to the final round of the auditions. But even those who were on the team last year still have to try out.
  • Chris Rock gets foul ball at Yankees game

    Chris Rock gets foul ball at Yankees game

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:03:11 GMT
    Chris Rock almost made the play of the day at Yankee Stadium. Instead, the comedian wound up with a nice prize -- a foul ball that nearly landed in his lap during Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.
    Chris Rock almost made the play of the day at Yankee Stadium. Instead, the comedian wound up with a nice prize -- a foul ball that nearly landed in his lap during Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices