SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Architects, middle managers and supervisors in San Jose have been asked to take steep cuts in salaries and benefits because of the city’s financial problems.

The 10 percent cuts over two years, now before unions, would save $3.6 million, said Mayor Chuck Reed.

“It’s not something that anybody wants to do, but we have to do it and I want to thank them for their leadership,” he said.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The concessions from the Association of Architects and Engineers, the City Association of Management Personnel and the Association of Maintenance Supervisory Personnel (AMSP) still face a vote by both union members and the city council.

Dale Dapp, president of the AMSP, predicted the cuts would pass.

“We realize that this is going to be difficult for everybody. This is a difficult process, but we feel that this sacrifice will help to preserve jobs and maintain important city services,” Dapp said.

Firefighters already agreed to a 10 percent pay cut. Yet layoffs are still possible there and throughout the city, Reed acknowledged.

The San Jose Police Officers Association could lose more than 300 officers.

The mayor hoped the agreements with the first four unions would pressure the remaining seven, including the police, to agree to similar concessions in order to close a projected $105 million deficit.

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