TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Negotiations came to a head Tuesday for the last of Titusville's furloughed city workers.
It's been weeks since either Titusville's firefighters or police officers had an unpaid day off from work.
But, the same can't be said of the employees who work in the city's department of public works and water resources. They've been furloughed two days out of the month since mid-November.
"The workers aren't getting paid for this and that's not right. They didn't ask them if they could do it and that's not right," resident Tona Housman said.
Laborers International Union representative Rocky Little said it's also proved to be a hardship among the 121 Titusville city employees represented by his union
"It's been very hard. I've had members
The city and the union have been at odds over wages, pension and insurance benefits.
The union was seeking a pay raise for members who haven't seen an increase since 2008.
In the meantime, the city staff was looking for concessions in a climate of declining property tax revenue and increasing pension and insurance costs.
"With the space center work and the way we all are apparently, it's a necessity in some cases," resident Douglas Watkins said.
Late Tuesday afternoon,
"If our group votes it down, it's going to be imposed on us," Little said.