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Unions vote for concessions

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The city of Cincinnati's COD and FOP unions have voted to allow concessions in order to save jobs.

The unions were facing 166 layoffs, including 135 police officers, due to a $28 million budget shortfall in the city.

The COPE (Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees) union of middle management voted to accept the 2.5 cost-saving day concessions for general fund members.

The FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) also voted by a margin of 565 for to 433 against for the concessions in the form of 4.6 unpaid days.

However, the AFSCME union rejected concessions, so some of those members will lose their jobs.

If the vote for concessions had not passed, the layoffs would have taken effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning.

"I'm disgusted at this process at the fact that our members had to save ourselves instead of the mayor and the five council members who continually voted against us," said FOP president Kathy Harrell.

"We met the union leadership halfway on the gaps that existed between how much we had and how much we needed to have," said Mayor Mark Mallory. "And they have now, at least two of the three of them now have now met us that halfway."

CODE and FOP members had been voting since Tuesday. The deadline for members to cast a vote was noon on Thursday.

Despite saving jobs this year, next year's deficit is almost double the $28 million the city dealt this year.

City Manager Milton Dohoney issued a statement saying, "The administration will work hard to continue providing the best service possible with the absence of these 53 positions. I do appreciate the votes cast today by the FOP and CODE unions, and look forward to working cooperatively and constructively with them and afscme to prepare for a difficult budget in 2010."

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