Labor groups wary of Gordon’s proposals
Phoenix will likely eliminate 1,000 positions next year as part of city officials’ effort to slash the budget by up to $250 million because of the ailing economy and a drop in tax collections.
Phoenixx Mayor Phil Gordon’s announcement marked the first time the city acknowledged how many of its 14,000 jobs could be eliminated. Most of those staffing cuts will be through attrition, meaning the city will not replace people who leave. The city’s annual budget is $1.2 billion.
The mayor said he and his staff will voluntarily take one furlough day each month without pay, and that he would ask all other city employees to do the same. Gordon said he plans to meet with union representatives to request that employees forgo pay raises for one year to avert some layoffs.
Labor groups are wary of the proposal. Richard Clewis, of the Administrative, Supervisory, Professional and Technical Employees Association, said he understands the severity of Phoenix’s fiscal challenges but wants leaders to evaluate every option before cutting staff. The organization represents 3,600 city workers.
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