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34 Youngstown city workers face layoffs



Published: Sun, March 29, 2009 @ 5:05 p.m.

By David Skolnick

The police layoffs would jeopardize the city’s safety, the head of the patrol officers union says.

YOUNGSTOWN — Up to 34 city workers would be laid off and about 14 vacant positions would remain unfilled in a 2009 budget that city council will consider Monday.

The city administration had requested that members of six employee unions paid through the city’s general fund take a voluntary 10-percent pay cut by working four less hours a week to avoid layoffs. That’s because the city’s 2009 general fund had a projected $3.3 million deficit.

That request was rejected, though union leaders are to meet Tuesday with city officials to discuss the budget. Layoffs won’t take effect for a few more weeks, Mayor Jay Williams said.

The budget — which by law must be balanced and approved no later than Tuesday — prepared by the administration makes up that $3.3 million shortfall.

The largest revenue increase to the general fund is $1.84 million from the federal economic stimulus package. The largest cut is $860,000 in personnel costs.

Of that personnel amount, $655,000 would come from the police department with the rest from employees of the street and park departments and clerical workers.

“I don’t want to lay off a single employee of the city of Youngstown,” Williams said. “It’s beyond my sole power to do so. We need to reduce the cost of government and some [city workers] don’t like that.”

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Very miniscule compared to the cutbacks that GM has been forced to make.

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2yguins4(18 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

"The city administration had requested that members of six employee unions paid through the city’s general fund take a voluntary 10-percent pay cut by working four less hours a week to avoid layoffs. That’s because the city’s 2009 general fund had a projected $3.3 million deficit.

That request was rejected, though union leaders are to meet Tuesday with city officials to discuss the budget."

This city would be better of if people would compromise like the mayor tried to do. Instead the are stubborn and refuse to take a 4hour pay cut they instead are selfish and have no care about keeping the city safe.

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