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DETROIT MAYOR YOUNG ANNOUNCES FOURTH CITY EMPLOYEES UNION TO RATIFY NEW CONTRACT

 DETROIT MAYOR YOUNG ANNOUNCES FOURTH CITY EMPLOYEES UNION
 TO RATIFY NEW CONTRACT
 DETROIT, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young said today the Association of Professional Construction Inspectors of the City of Detroit has become the fourth city employees union to ratify a new contract with the city.
 The union represents 90 construction inspectors who work in the departments of City Engineering, Water and Sewerage, and Public Lighting. The inspectors oversee any construction, renovation or repairs to public facilities as well as any work done on a public right of way. They ratified the new contract in a vote taken Thursday night.
 All four contracts that have been ratified provide for a 10-percent reduction in work hours, with a resulting 10-percent reduction in workers' paychecks as part of the city's efforts to achieve a balanced budget for the new fiscal year.
 The mayor said under the agreement with the construction inspectors, they will work one eight-hour day and four seven-hour days per week.
 "Once again, we have reached an agreement with city employees that reduces hours of work, not rates of pay," the mayor said. "These employees are agreeing to, in effect, be laid off four hours each week in order to preserve their own jobs and the jobs of their fellow workers.
 "Clearly, a pattern is emerging in which we are able to realize the monetary savings we must have to balance our budget without any layoffs or demotions for members of the affected union. I hope other city employees and their unions will recognize this pattern and join in this spirit of shared sacrifice and reach agreement as soon as possible."
 Members of the Building Trades Council earlier had rejected a contract which provided for a five-day, 36-hour work week with four seven-hour days and one eight-hour day. City and union negotiators then resumed negotiations and worked out the new agreement which was ratified.
 Other unions which have ratified contracts with the city are the Teamsters Union, with 1,000 members; the Building Trades Council, with 470 members; and the Detroit Principal Clerks Association, with 122 members.
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 /CONTACT: Robert Berg of City of Detroit, 313-224-1544/ CO: City of Detroit; Professional Construction Inspectors ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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