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New York City / Detroit / Financial Troubles / City Workers, Layoffs #37255

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 20, 1975
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(Studio) New York City Mayor Abraham Beame considers putting some or all city's employees on 4-day workwk. to ease budget deficit of more than $640 million. Unions in city refuse to give up 6% raise scheduled to go into effect July 1. Detroit has similar problem; policemen must decide whether to accept pay cuts or face layoffs.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Detroit, Michigan) 825 policemen must be fired because of city's budget deficit; question of who will be fired, blacks and women or white males, very controversial issue. [Detroit police department Joseph CLARK - says if seniority means nothing, Ford Motor Company and General Motors to suffer same problem.] [Minority police spokesperson James ANDARY - says in Detroit's case, seniority perpetuates discriminatory system.] [CLARK - says his union can't be blamed for police department's hiring and promoting policies.]
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

Dobbs, Greg;
Reasoner, Harry

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