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TWO MORE UNIONS RATIFY AGREEMENTS WITH DETROIT

 DETROIT, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Coleman A. Young said Friday members of two more city employee unions have ratified labor agreements with the city of Detroit, providing for a 10-percent decrease in pay.
 Both the Park Management Association, with 27 members, and the Detroit Forestry and Landscape Foremen's Association, with 25 members, have ratified the new contracts.
 Their actions bring to 30 the number of unions who have approved contracts providing for the 10-percent reduction in pay, which is being sought in order to balance the city's budget for the current fiscal year. The 30 unions have more than 3,500 members.
 In addition, 1,636 non-union city employees, including the mayor and his staff, all department directors and deputy directors, and the City Council and their staff, also have taken a 10-percent reduction in pay.
 "More than 5,100 city employees are working for 10 percent less pay as part of our plan to realize the savings we must have if we are going to balance our budget in this very difficult fiscal time," the mayor said. "At the same time, we are securing similar savings from some 6,000 city workers represented by AFSCME through the layoff of more than 800 of those workers. Those layoffs are the direct result of the refusal of AFSCME's members to agree on two separate occasions to a similar 10-percent pay reduction.
 "Thus, one way or another, we are achieving the savings we need from more than two-thirds of our work force. We are continuing to negotiate with the remaining city employee unions that have no contract and we continue to make progress in reaching agreements with those unions. An agreement with AFSCME for a 10-percent reduction would mean we would be able to rescind the layoffs we have been forced to make of more than 800 AFSCME members.
 "It is gratifying that the members of 30 unions are willing to spread the sacrifices that are required across all their members in order to save the jobs of their fellow workers. The agreements have meant no layoffs for members of these 30 unions this fiscal year.
 "We will continue to work to reach agreement with the remaining unions, including our largest union, AFSCME."
 AFSCME is the only union whose members have rejected a contract with the city providing for the 10-percent reduction.
 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;
 -- The Association of Professional and Technical Employees;
 -- The Senior Accountants and Analysts Association (SAAA);
 -- The Municipal Engineering Draftsmen Association;
 -- The Municipal Engineers Association;
 -- The Field Engineers Association;
 -- The Detroit Licensed Investigators Association;
 -- The Detroit Senior Water System Chemists Association;
 -- The Association of Detroit Engineers; and
 -- The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 547.
 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/


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