A city union that faced the prospect of seeing three junior public works employees laid off opted this week to cut a deal instead.
Several city officials said that rather than watch a trio of painful layoffs, Local 1338 of Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Muncipal Workers agreed to give up the 1. 8 percent pay hikes that its members were due to receive in the coming fiscal year.
The decision means the city's $170.8 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 won't include any layoffs.
The concessions by Local 1338, which represents many of the municipal employees who normally work outside, erased the need for layoffs entirely, the officials said.
Mayor Art Ward said repeatedly in recent weeks that he hoped the unions would agree to concessions so that nobody would be laid off, particularly when so many young workers are struggling to raise small children and make a home for them.
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