Grand Rapids still determining which jobs to cut

8:54 PM, Dec 28, 2009   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - As the year comes to a close, the City of Grand Rapids is still determining which city workers lose their jobs at the end of the week.

In November, city leaders announced they would make 125 job cuts.  Yet, according to officials, a mixture of retirements, federal grants, and union bumping, may mean far fewer will actually lose their jobs.

Federal grants, demotions, and an early retirement program will be pivotal in preserving police and fire positions.

Utility and clerical workers belonging to the Grand Rapids Employees Independent Union can expect 5 to 7 people will be unemployed this week after all union bumping rights are exhausted.  John Good, a union official, said it's the first time the cuts have gone that far.

Greg Sundstrom, the city manager, notes that as many as 100 city workers are retirement eligible.  If they exercise that option, that could help preserve jobs across the organization.

"If that happens, for each one we'll look to see if we need to replace that position, but it certainly will provide an opportunity to call back anybody that is laid off" Sundstrom said Monday.

WZZM 13's Peter Ross has been at Grand Rapids City Hall today and will have an update on WZZM 13 News at 6:00 p.m.



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