City Workers Face Layoffs

Oakland officials are struggling to save as many jobs as possible as the city attempts to balance its budget in wake of the state’s decision to eliminate redevelopment agencies.
The current proposal to slash $28 million would mean that 81 employees would lose their jobs, many fewer than the 100 to 200 the city was expecting to cut a week ago.
But other possibilities, discussed at this week’s City Council meeting could mean that the number of job losses might be reduced still further.
Hundreds of union and community members packed Wednesday night’s council meeting, opposing the layoffs and the loss of programs. At one point protestors from Occupy Oakland filled the council chambers, forcing a temporary recess of the meeting.
“We’re asking you that support us – No changes without employee input,” said, Dwight McElroy, president of SEIU L1021 Oakland chapter.
A final decision on the job cuts in expected on Jan. 31.

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