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Detroit's Mayor Dave Bing announces 1000 layoffs, to deal with city fiscal crisis

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Using the last day of the work week and six days prior to Thanksgiving, Mayor Dave Bing announced Friday the eliminations of 1,000 positions by February 25, 2012 as well as a hiring freeze.

The announcement Mayor Bing’s speech to the city on November 16th outlining a series of cuts Detroit needed to deal with a $45 million dollar financial shortfall crisis.
“Solving our cash crisis requires a combination of concessions and tough cuts,” said Mayor Bing.  “Layoffs will be strategic.  We will limit the impact on residents, protecting core services like police and fire protection as much as we can.”
The layoff will represent nine percent of the city’s 11,000 employees and is expected to save $14 million this fiscal year.
“Our fiscal crisis will require everyone to share in the sacrifice. We need support from our residents to help push our unions, businesses, vendors and elected officials to enact the common-sense changes we need,” said Bing.
The Mayor also announced a hiring freeze for nearly all of Detroit civil service positions except for positions in Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Department.

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