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Saginaw police may not shrink to 55 officers

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Public safety jobs could be saved in the city of Saginaw, as the city has announced it is willing to negotiate with the police department.

The city manager says he could accept concessions so the force does not shrink to 55 officers.

This comes after the fire union agreed to concessions Tuesday. The Saginaw City Council approved a tentative agreement with the union. The union membership still has to vote on the proposal.

Under the agreement, nine positions would be saved. An additional position is expected to be saved due to a retirement.

The proposed concession includes a longer work week for the same pay. Firefighters will increase their work week from 54 to 56 hours. They could also be required to pay more into the pension and benefit system.

The measure will allow three of the city's four fire stations to remain open.

"Well I think it says a lot about their concern, and I think it says a lot about their commitment to the community," said Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley.

The city planned to lay off a total of 15 firefighters as part of budget cuts. Those cuts were set to take effect July 1.

The fire department is also waiting to hear if it will receive a federal grant. If the grant is awarded before June 28, concessions won't take effect and all jobs will be saved.

The police department has until July 1 to strike a deal.

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