From the Record Searchlight story by reporter Scott Mobley:
Council members last month endorsed the idea of asking the city's eight employee organizations to pay their pension contributions or consider some other concessions, such as work furloughs. The unions declined after city management could not guarantee such concessions would prevent layoffs.
Union members and others had asked the council to put off tonight's vote and hold at least three town hall meetings to give residents a chance to fully discuss the proposed cuts and to give employees a chance to suggest alternative ways to cut costs.
Given what has happened in Redding, the job cuts announced last week in Orange County and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's threat to cut state worker jobs, do you think that there is anything civil service unions should be doing protect their members?