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Tue October 6, 2009
Bing says AFSCME given city's final contract offer
DETROIT – Mayor Dave Bing says little progress has been made in negotiations with the city's largest union over a 10-percent pay cut and other concessions.
Bing met several hours Monday with negotiators for the 3,500-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.
The Detroit News reports that Bing says he may have to lay off more workers after the city presented its final offer to the union. Bing says the concessions are needed to help trim a $300 million budget deficit.
Mayoral spokesman Ed Cardenas says six smaller unions have ratified contracts that include the pay cuts as 26 unpaid furlough days.
Bing had laid off 436 workers as of Sept. 24. Mayoral appointees and nonunion workers already have taken the pay cuts.