Detroit City Council to hold public hearings on proposed city worker pension freeze, furlough days

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit City Council members are set to meet Wednesday to discuss proposals that would affect non-union members in an effort to save the city from an emergency financial manager.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Council will hold a public hearing on the city employee pension freeze. Then at 9:30 a.m. an additional hearing will be held on the increase in furlough days for city workers.

Both changes are part of Mayor Bing's plans to avoid the state takeover.

The proposed pension payments would no longer allow allow non-union employees to earn a year of service credit.

Council is set to vote on the proposals at 2:30 p.m. They would affect about 600 non-union workers.

The hearings also come just one day after residents expressed their frustrations with the lack of working street lights, high crime rates and possibility of an emergency financial manager.

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