Cash-strapped Detroit sends out employee year-end bonusesSubmitted by dexterszyd on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 20:15
Does it even matter anymore?
Cash-strapped Detroit sends out employee year-end bonuses
The cash-strapped city of Detroit has done something no one would expect.
The city on the brink of a state takeover has sent out year-end bonuses to its employees.
This past Friday, 697 city union employees and 451 non-union employees received longevity bonus payments which, depending on years of service, were anywhere between $150 to $750. The total payout is nearly $500,000.
Was it a mistake? Detroit Mayor Dave Bing had said, not too long ago, that the bonuses in question would not be sent out.
A resolution on the bonuses was rejected this past summer. However, it was eventually approved. Now, Detroit's law department is preparing an ordinance amendment to discontinue the payments. Bing released a statement Thursday afternoon which reads in part:
"One of my frustrations is that the city processes are antiquated, and the length of time needed to bring about change is often inefficient and counterproductive."