Union leaders meet with city to discuss layoffs

CINCINNATI - Fire and police union leaders are meeting with Cincinnati City Council Wednesday to discuss the process and time frame of more than 300 possible layoffs next year.

The number of police officers affected is now expected to be 149. That's 40 fewer than the 189 City Manager Milton Dohoney laid out in February when he first mentioned significant job cuts as his alternative to balancing the budget without money from the parking lease with the port authority.

Under the deal, the city will get an upfront payment of $92 million, along with annual payments that begin at $3 million and increase gradually over time.

Council had planned to use part of a $92 million upfront payment from the lease to cover shortfalls in the 2014 and 2015 municipal budgets.

City council must approve a balanced budget by July 1.

Without the money, Dohoney said he must move ahead with his "Plan B" option, which calls for laying off 344 city workers – originally including 189 police officers and 80 firefighters.

Other cuts in Dohoney's Plan B include eliminating $1.7 million in human services funding, reducing litter pickup and building inspections by $1.6 million, and saving nearly $988,000 by closing three community centers and six swimming pools.

Union leaders are meeting with city officials at 1 p.m.

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