Beloit city council updated on wage freeze proposal
WCLO's Steve Benton reports on Beloit's efforts to freeze municipal employee wages
BELOIT The Beloit City Council is up to date on the latest contract negotiations with five of the city's six bargaining units. They met in a special closed session Monday night.
The unprecedented talks are necessary, according to City Manager Larry Arft, because the city is facing a revenue shortfall along with increased costs due to the recession.
Public Works employees have already agreed to a freeze in 2010, but would get a 2.5% increase in 2011.
Arft says if the other unions don't agree to the wage freeze, it may be necessary to layoff city staff.
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