Chicago Police and Fire Maybe Furloughed

Police and Firefighter in Chicago are wondering are the going to be next on the chopping block as Mayor Richard M. Daley  is considering placing the city’s first responders on furloughs.

A representative of the Mayor’s office says the budget office is negotiations with fire and police unions to accept offer.

It will the first time in the city’s history that fire and police is will not able to work.

Some the member of the Chicago City Council was not please with budget office place the first responders on furlough.

Updated 10:38 AM CDT, Thu, Oct 29, 2009

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NBC Chicago

One of the more controversial pieces of Mayor Daley’s 2010 budget is the requirement for all city workers to take 24 unpaid furlough days.

The only city workers who have been spared from what amounts to an entire month off without pay are the city’s police and firefighters. But that could change.

A representative for the city budget office says the city is in negotiations with police and fire unions to accept furlough days.

It would mark the first time in Chicago that police and firefighters were forced to go without work.

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The idea has caught the attention of more than a few city aldermen.

“I’m getting calls from residents in my ward who work for the city and can’t pay their mortgage,” Alderman Ray Suarez said.  “Why can’t police and fire also join in on the furlough days?”

“We have stayed away from police and fire all of these years,”  Alderman Ed Smith  said. “But we are in a position now where, I believe, that everybody should put in some skin in this game.”

What effect on the safety and security of residents of Chicago remains to be seen.

Chicago is joining other localities  in furlough government employees Milwaukee, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Los Angeles are furloughing employees.

WMAQ-TV/HD “NBC 5 News”

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