Detroit Mayor: 1,000 Job Cuts Amid Budget Crisis

Source: Jeff Karoub / Associate Press

DETROIT — Detroit plans to cut 1,000 jobs by early next year to help deal with the city’s budget crisis and avoid the possibility of a state-appointed emergency financial manager, Mayor Dave Bing announced Friday.

The mayor’s office said in a statement that layoff notices will be delivered the week of Dec. 5. Bing said the cuts, which represent 9 percent of the city’s about 11,000 employees, will save about $12 million.

Al Garrett, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25 in Michigan, said unions haven’t been notified so he doesn’t yet know who it will affect. But he doesn’t think the layoffs are good for the residents or the 3,500 city workers AFSCME represents.

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