Detroit police, firefighters face more pay cuts

10% pay cut goes into effect for Aug. 16 paycheck


DETROIT – As city contracts expire, new cuts are being imposed on Detroit police and firefighters.

Cuts announced Wednesday hit police sergeants, lieutenants and investigators -- and fire lieutenants, sergeants and captains.

Pay is being cut 10 percent, along with overtime and court time.

Changes in health care coverage have not yet been detailed.

The pay cuts will begin in Aug. 16 paychecks.

Mark Young, head of the Detroit Police Lieutenants & Sergeants Association, said it was a sad day when first responders take a hit.

"Between the health care and the pension portion, and some of the other economic portions they imposed on us today, these men and women are concerned," Young said. "And rightly so. They deserve better."

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's spokesman, Bill Nowling, said the cuts have been known to be coming for while.

"These are the same 10 percent cuts that every worker in this office has had to take," Nowling said. "We know it's tough out there and they're working hard. But, we got to do this so we can start to move forward."

Young said everyone agrees the city needs to move forward, but it's about how to get there.

"I think what the men and women, including myself, was hoping, that public safety would be paramount -- all the first responders would be paramount. They are crucial to the turnaround of the city," he said.

READ: Detroit letter to DFFA on 10% wage cut

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed off on Detroit's bankruptcy on July 18, calling it the only "feasible path" for a city whose population has plummeted to 700,000 from 1.8 million decades ago. The city has $18 billion in long-term debt.

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