Tulsa's FOP Leaders Worry About Job Security

Sunday, June 21st 2009, 1:51 pm
By: News On 6

News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Tulsa's Fraternal Order of Police leaders are speaking out.

They're worried jobs are on the line in the police department.

At Thursday night's city council meeting, Bill Martinson proposed cutting the fire and police department budgets by $7 million.

He said the police union needs to agree to smaller raises to save hundreds of jobs.

Three other councilors said Martinson's plan needed a closer look and that has the FOP on edge.

"There are four councilors that want 20% fewer police officers and 20% fewer firefighters out here, for whatever reason that is. We didn't know about it until Thursday night, they didn't change their mind, that's what they want," said Phillip Evans, FOP President.

In the end, the council passed the mayor's plan, which includes a 7% budget cut in all departments and requires each employee takes 8 days off without pay.

But, if sales tax revenue continues to decline, the FOP fears job cuts could still come.

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