The San Bernardino, Calif., city council has approved cuts of nearly $26 million in pay and benefits for city workers, part of the financially strapped city’s effort to qualify for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. The city imposed the cuts in new contracts with city unions, in some cases without agreement from those unions, according to The Sun newspaper.

The council’s action effectively ended months of contract negotiations with seven city employee groups, including middle managers, police and fire fighters. The cuts are part of a budget plan submitted to U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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