PLEASANTVILLE — Nine employees in the city’s Public Works department were laid off Monday, a result of planned budget cuts.
The layoffs were the result of members of the Government Workers Union, which represents these and other Pleasantville employees, rejecting contract concessions earlier in the year, Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle said.
“There’s nothing we could do,” Tweedle said. “They voted not to accept any of the concessions. It’s very disheartening, but they didn’t vote on them.”
The cuts reduce the department from 38 to 29 employees, a 24 percent reduction. Tweedle said the city had no plans to reduce city services.
There would also not be additional overtime, Tweedle said, since earlier concessions meant workers would take comp time off, rather than overtime pay.
David Tucker, union president, said those concessions in January that also included paying 1 percent for health care costs and postponing 2.9 percent raises until July, delayed the layoffs and saved two jobs.
The union had hoped the financial picture would improve from January and the jobs would be saved.
“As the year goes on, most municipalities aren’t finding additional money — they’re losing additional money,” Tucker said.
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