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Mayor Asks for Union Concessions

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The last day for 66 crime scene investigators and administrative staff and 42 police officers is Friday.  Mayor Johnson says if the unions agree to give up some of what the city pays for pensions, some layoffs could be avoided.

JOHNSON: "Are desperately reaching out to SPOA and membership and asking them to have a discussion and a dialogue"

Brent Meyer of the Sacramento Police Officers Association told Capitol Public Radio's Insight Program, the union is not sure the city couldn't cut elsewhere  before cutting police again.

MEYER: "I'm not saying the door is closed on any concessions. I'm just saying the city needs to become more reasonable and a little bit more transparent."

Mayor Johnson says the city isn't asking for union members to give up all of the 5 million dollars the city pays into the pension fund each year.
If the union were to vote to give up that benefit, however, the city would be able to afford to keep 40 of the 42 positions due to be lost this Friday.
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