City to Offer Labor Contracts to Some Workers Losing Jobs / Says Norick

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Labor contracts for 60 to 90 days may be offered to about 20 to 30 employees who will be laid off in the near future by the City of Oklahoma City in an effort to lessen the impact of the layoffs, Mayor Ron Norick said Thursday.

However, since a majority of 22 employees targeted to be laid off because of budget problems are in management positions, some are not be expected to take advantage of the offer, he said.

The city's fiscal year 1987-88 operating budget of $188.9 million, approved by the Oklahoma City Council this week, calls for a net reduction of 133 employee positions. The current fiscal year ends June 30.

However, 101 eligible city employees have expressed an interest in taking advantage of a recently-approved early retirement plan, Assistant City Manager Paula Hearn has reported.

After early retirement and relocation some employees through reorganization of departments, about 22 are expected to be laid off.

Norick said the majority of those who will be laid off are in management positions and can not be relocated easily. He indicated the short-term contracts would not be for management positions.

Therefore, some of those to be laid off would not take advantage of the short-term contracts, Norick said. He made the announcement during the first of what is to become weekly press conferences.

Norick also said that although funding for Myriad Gardens maintenance has been approved for the upcoming fiscal year, he would do what he could to ensure maintenance without using all the appropriated funds. …