Judge Delays Layoff Of Orange Firefighters, Police

Layoff notices are seen ready for mailing to members of the Newark Police Department - Newark, NJ - Oct 13, 2010 - Photo: Levon Putney / WCBS 880

Newark police officers received layoff notices in October. (Credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge has given police, fire and city employees in Orange a reprieve from threatened layoffs.

State Superior Court Judge Patricia Costello delayed ruling on the dispute until Tuesday. About 50 workers had faced layoffs Friday.

A lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of workers’ unions claims the city hasn’t conducted meaningful negotiations since October.

Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins Jr. said the layoffs were prompted by a $6.4 million budget deficit. Ten police officers face layoffs and 16 supervisors face demotion. The police department has roughly 100 employees.

A total of 12 firefighters face layoffs or demotion. Additional layoffs would be spread around other city departments.

Hawkins said concessions from the unions are needed to save jobs.

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