Camden Braces For Deep Police, Fire Cuts

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Camden was bracing for layoffs Tuesday that could cut one-fourth of the city government workers.

Exactly how many jobs are eliminated depends partly on whether public workers’ unions make last-minute concessions.

If not, about half the police department and one-third of the fire department could be cut.

In all, up to 383 jobs are on the line.

Local activists said the quality of life could suffer in a city that’s already among the nation’s poorest and most crime-ridden.

Officials, however, said they have no choice as tax revenue keeps falling and the state cuts its aid.

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  • Jack sprat

    That’s right, blame the unions after the crooked politicians have robbed the city for the last 30 years.

  • Native Noo Yawker

    what do the union pig heads care, they still collect their 6 figure salaries and their 6 week vacations to island paradises

  • the gig is up

    why are civil service employess able to unionize and control their own pay to begin with? who do they think they are? the pols are finally figuring out the civil service unions no longer have any clout.

  • The Truth

    Commie Unions.

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