Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl met face-to-face with union leaders, telling them if there is no deal on leasing parking assets, there will be 10 percent cuts across the board in all city departments.
The cuts could take nearly 100 police officers off the street. There's a real concern it could affect crime.
"You report it. You see what's going on right now," Chuck Hanlon with the Fraternal Order of Police said. "Another 10 percent loss in police officers [is] only going to mean a rise in violent crime."
One by one, union leaders representing thousands of city employees walked out of the meeting with Ravenstahl worried about hundreds of layoffs.
The problem is revenue. The city needs several hundred million to prop up the city's pension plan.
The mayor wants to lease the city's parking garages to a private firm to raise about $300 million. Without it, the state will take over and order the city to pay $30 million each year towards it.
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