Weeks of agonizing talk of budget cuts in Modesto City Hall are expected to climax Tuesday when the City Council reviews $4.8 million in spending reductions that include up to 14 layoffs in the Police Department.
Two unions -- the Modesto City Employees Association and the Modesto Confidential and Management Association -- have approved labor agreements that would avert immediate layoffs by having employees take 96 hours of furlough time over the next budget year, which starts July 1. Those bargaining groups represent blue-collar workers, managers, engineers and administrative employees.
The city has not struck similar deals with its three law enforcement unions, setting the stage for the police layoffs.
Modesto last week sent layoff notices to 10 officers in the 202-member Modesto Police Officers Association.
City leaders have reported progress in their talks with the Modesto Police Management Association and the Modesto Police and Fire Non-Sworn Association that could avoid layoffs in their ranks.
The city and MPOA are at loggerheads over the city's request for MPOA members to defer raises. The union wants a no-layoff pledge before it agrees to concessions, which city officials are unwilling to give because of the recession.
The City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, 1010 Tenth St.
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