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Cash-strapped Detroit sends out employee year-end bonuses

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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."

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I am confident those city employees ie. public servants will even hesitated in returning those monies to their respective community or donate it to charity considering the enormous amount of financial stress their city of Detroit is under.


ok, let the replies rip lol


They should give it to Mike Iilich

That's what the MI house and Senate voted for...

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