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UPDATE: Judge denies request to delay layoffs

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton County judge denied a request from Cincinnati unions to stop city wide layoffs, as city council members meet to make a last effort to save jobs. 

Three special meetings are planned Friday, as council tries to stop over 100 city wide layoffs from happening on Sunday.

Hanging in the balance are the jobs of 138 police officers and 31 other city employees. The FOP and CODE unions claim the city has more money then it says and took their fight to court.

However, on Friday morning, Judge Ralph Winkler denied to grant a temporary restraining order to block the layoffs, clearing the way for layoffs to begin.

"Based upon the law of Ohio and the record before it, the Court cannot conclude that the Unions have proven by clear and convincing evidence that there is a substantial likelihood of success of the merits of the case," he wrote in his opinion.

"No one is celebrating at City Hall," said City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. in a statement.  "Layoffs are still at play, and we are down to the last minute."

The only other option now is a plan that could be voted on by the majority of the nine-member council.

Four members of council unveiled a plan on Wednesday that would cut funding from a number of other city programs. The other five members and the mayor say they are working on a plan, as well. Those details are expected to be released Friday afternoon.

Republicans Leslie Ghiz and Chris Monzel called one meeting Friday morning. They are part of the minority council members. They tried to get the majority members and the mayor to unveil their plan, but they refused to do so.

The mayor and the majority members have called the other two. The finance committee meets at 3:30 p.m., and full council meets at 4 p.m.

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