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      Saginaw police, fire union concessions to go toward preserving jobs

      Days after the Saginaw City Council approved a budget that makes the layoffs of dozens of police and firefighters official, members passed what Mayor Greg Branch calls ??simply a resolution of support?? to direct any cost-savings from union concessions to preserve jobs.

      City Manager Darnell Earley's budget eliminates 36 police officers and 15 firefighters. On Monday council members passed a resolution with a 4-3 vote to ensure any cost-saving agreements with the unions go directly toward the police and fire departments.

      Councilman Floyd Kloc proposed the amendment last week and said it's a way to maximize public safety staffing.

      ??We support the unions?? efforts if they come forward with efforts that are budget-neutral to save union positions or really save police and fire positions that we support that as a policy for the council,?? Kloc said.

      The amendment states any agreements made by June 28 that result in savings will go back to the police and fire departments.

      Mayor Pro-Tem Dennis Browning and two council members voted against the resolution, arguing the amendment would only give false hope that jobs can be saved.