Deep layoffs take effect in Camden

CAMDEN - (AP) - The mayor of Camden says 168 policeofficers, 67 firefighters and about 100 non-uniformed cityemployees were laid off Tuesday.

Mayor Dana Redd says about 100 of the police officers and mostof the firefighters could be brought back if their unions agree toconcessions.

She says the biggest police union is scheduled to vote on a planWednesday.

The layoffs come as Camden, a crime-ridden city across theDelaware River from Philadelphia, faces a huge budget deficit anddeclining state aid.

About one-fourth of the local government work force had beenexpected to lose their jobs. The actual figure provided by Reddturned out to be a smaller percentage than that.

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