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SAAA IS 21ST UNION TO RATIFY LABOR PACT WITH DETROIT

 SAAA IS 21ST UNION TO RATIFY LABOR PACT WITH DETROIT
 DETROIT, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Coleman A. Young said today


city employees who are members of the Senior Accountants and Analysts Association (SAAA) have become the 21st union to ratify a labor agreement with the city of Detroit providing for a 10-percent decrease in pay.
 The members of SAAA voted 227-135 Wednesday night to approve the contract. With 577 members, SAAA is the fourth-largest civilian union in city government. The ratification means that unions representing some 3,000 city workers have approved contracts which provide for a 10-percent reduction in pay.
 As the result of the approval, 85 members of SAAA who had been laid off effective Monday of this week were back on the job this morning. The layoffs were ordered three weeks ago at a time when there was no agreement with SAAA to assure the city would realize the savings it must have in its employee contracts in order to balance the budget for the current fiscal year.
 Layoffs for more than 600 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) will go into effect next Monday as the result of the rejection of a similar contract by the members of AFSCME.
 "My goal from the beginning of these negotiations has been to preserve the jobs of as many city workers as is possible," the mayor said. "The contract with SAAA achieves that goal because it allows us to realize the savings we must have to balance our budget in a manner in which all employees share the burden.
 "However, for those unions whose members refuse to accept their share of the sacrifice, I will be forced to balance the budget through layoffs and the privatizing of city jobs. I don't want to do that. I don't like to do that. But I will if I must."
 Other unions that have approved a contract with the city providing for a 10-percent pay cut are: the Teamsters Union; Building Trades Council; Detroit Principal Clerks Association; Association of Professional Construction Inspectors; Building Service Supervisors Association; Assistant Supervisors of Street Maintenance and Construction Association; Service Employees International Union Local 808; Greater Detroit Building Trades Council Foremen; Association of City of Detroit Supervisors; International Union of Operating Engineers Local 547, E Charter; Utility Workers of America Local 531; Utility Workers of America Local 504; Emergency Medical Service Officers Association; Detroit Income Tax Investigators; the Paving Foremen's Association; the Public Attorneys Association; Service Employees International Union Local 808M Supervisory Unit; the Utility Workers of America, Local 488; the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police; and the Association of Professional and Technical Employees.
 At the beginning of the fiscal year in July, the mayor voluntarily lowered his own pay by 10 percent, as well as the pay of his staff, all department directors and deputies.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Berg of the mayor's office, 313-224-1544/ CO: City of Detroit ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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