Detroit Police unions plan emergency appeal, city council to review proposed cuts for workers

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DETROIT (WXYZ) – The union representing Detroit Police officers will head back to court today in a battle against wage cuts and changes.

The Detroit Police Officers Association sued the city to stop Mayor Bing from cutting the officers’ pay by ten percent and making work rule changes

Today the proposed budget cuts will be brought before Detroit City Council and could be voted on as early as Tuesday. Even if council votes it down, the new program manager for the city of Detroit can still implement the changes.

On Thursday, the Bing administration proposed severe changes to pay and benefits and The Financial Advisory Board approved the plan.

Some of those cuts include: 10% slash in pay; reduction in vacation time; elimination of dental and vision coverage for retirees; elimination of cost of living adjustments for pensions. For Detroit Police officers it would also mean changes in seniority that now take into consideration ability, attendance and sick time.

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