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Lawsuit filed over layoffs

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Attorneys representing Cincinnati's CODE union and the Fraternal Order of Police filed a lawsuit Tuesday morning, asking the court to stop layoffs of city employees.

City manager Milton Donohey announced last week that 319 city employees would be laid off to deal with the city's $28 million budget deficit. Of those layoffs, 138 are police officers and 19 are CODE union members.

Attorney Bill Gustavson, representing CODE, said he is filing the suit so that the court can determine that a deficit actually exists. Gustavson maintains that there is a slush fund that can be used to save the jobs.

The city's finance director has said the city doesn't want to use the slush funds in the case that the financial situation gets worse.

The city has until Friday to get the attorneys for the FOP and CODE all the budget documents to prove there is a deficit.

A hearing is scheduled for August 31 at 10 a.m.

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