Oakland Closes in on Deals with Unions

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and the city council appear to be closing in on landmark deals with the city’s public-employee unions. A budget proposal made public today by four councilwomen suggests that a deal is imminent and that it would save the city about $23.6 million in the 2011-12 fiscal year and about $30.8 million in 2012-13. The budget proposal offers the most up-to-date estimate of concessions that councilmembers hope to receive, and it provides the first set of specific numbers since Quan said two months ago that she hoped to obtain $28.7 million in annual savings from union negotiations.

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