Detroit City Council approves furlough days for union workers; $470K savings expected monthly
About 600 unionized Detroit municipal employees will have their pay cut after the City Council approved one unpaid day off for every two weeks worked.
The move is expected to save cash-strapped Detroit about $470,000 each month.
Council members approved the furlough days by a 5-2 vote Thursday after Detroit's labor relations chief said the city is at impasse with some unions on the issue.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union has filed an unfair labor practices lawsuit and says there is no impasse.
Furloughs start Monday for union workers. Furlough days for 650 nonunion workers started earlier this month.
Mayor Dave Bing is pushing for the city save money.
Detroit faces a $327 million budget deficit and a possible state financial takeover.
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