02/21/2013 11:36 am ET Updated Apr 23, 2013

Detroit City Council Approves 10% Pay Cut Through Furloughs For Union Workers

Detroit City Council this morning approved legislation forcing a 10% pay cut on about 600 unionized city workers.

There was virtually no discussion on the matter before the 5-2 vote in favor of a resolution to impose the cuts through unpaid furlough days.

The pay cut is part of Mayor Dave Bing's cost-cutting strategy to help solve the city's financial crisis. Council's approval was required to impose the pay cut because negotiations with unions over the issue have reached an impasse, according to the Bing administration. But a local labor leader disputed the city's portrayal and said he is ready to negotiate.

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