Toledo unions threaten action against shutdowns

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Union leaders say they plan to go to court next week to block Toledo's mayor from shutting down city government offices for three days.

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner has said the move would save about $1 million, at a time when the city is facing a projected $10 million deficit. Finkbeiner's plan will close non-emergency city departments on the day before Thanksgiving, the day after Christmas and New Year's Eve.

One union leader says the shutdown will mean either a layoff or lockout of union members, and either would violate their contract. So, union locals representing more than 1,100 city workers say they'll file for a temporary restraining order on Monday.

The mayor's office says if that happens, it will "act accordingly." An official would not elaborate.

Information from: our media partner the Toledo Blade

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