Oakland unions reach tentative deal on cuts

June 28, 2011 9:59:09 AM PDT
In Oakland, the mayor and city council have reached tentative agreements with the police union and four other public employee groups to help close a $58 million budget deficit.

The city council will discuss the labor negotiations in a closed meeting Tuesday morning and then hold a hearing at city hall later in the evening. The Oakland Tribune says the Police Officers Association, the firefighters union, and three other public employee groups have agreed to pay 9 percent of their pension plans.

Members of each union still need to approve the deals. An agreement could save the city $40 million a year and help prevent deep cuts in city services.