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Contract talks continue in Lansing

(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)
Lansing mayor Virg Bernero talks to reporters along the Grand River

Time is running out for the city of Lansing to win new contract concessions from its labor unions.  Meanwhile, another round of layoff notices will soon go to some city employees.  

Lansing’s mayor’s office continues to negotiate with union leaders seeking 3 million dollars in concessions before the city’s new budget takes effect July 1st.   Mayor Virg Bernero says the city and the unions are talking in good faith to avoid possible layoffs.  

“I am cautiously optimistic…that we will save a lot of these jobs…and we will be able to provide quality services to the citizens.”

More than 40 Lansing police officers have already received layoff notices.  More city workers will receiv e layoff notices next week unless a deal is struck.  

More than 100 city jobs will be eliminated next month without union agreements on contract concessions.      

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