San Jose mayor takes 10 percent pay cut

April 16, 2010 6:00:55 PM PDT
Mayor Chuck Reed and other top leaders in San Jose hope to spur action on the part of city employees by taking a 10 percent pay cut.

City leaders are asking union workers to take a 5 percent pay cut, plus an additional temporary 5 percent cut because of San Jose's $116 million budget deficit.

"Leadership by example is always important; the mayor, the City Council the senior staff have to lead, so that's what I'm asking, is that the council approve a reduction in my salary, a reduction in council salary and a reduction in council appointees," Reed said.

So far, none of the city's unions has agreed to the request, and in fact, the police union says officers should be exempt.