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Mayor Fighting to Save Officers' Jobs

Mayor Fighting to Save Officers' Jobs

Tulsa World via YellowBrix

January 26, 2010

TULSA, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett hopes that proposal will be completed by Monday morning and presented to FOP President Phil Evans by noon that day, Mayoral Chief of Staff Terry Simonson said Saturday.

That would give the police union all week to look it over and vote before layoffs take effect.

“We’re working on new ideas and concepts that will hopefully address some of their concerns,” Simonson said.

“That would be the proposal we’d ask they put before their members for a vote.”

On Friday, 155 officers received seven-day layoff notices that they would be off the city payroll at the end of the following week.

Later in the day, the mayor proposed a deal that would save 122 of those officers’ jobs. Thirty-three officers would still be laid off.

Simonson said the administration is looking at ways to reduce that number while crafting the newest proposal.

“We’re trying to work down that 33 by coming up with other ideas or other monies,” he said. “The goal is zero.”

The last proposed deal on Friday involved a 5.2 percent pay cut for 18 months and included using $2.5 million in Justice Assistance Grant money. The federal grant money would pay for 37 officers. The pay cuts would extend through the next fiscal year, meaning no new contract would be negotiated.

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