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Wyatt, Katz not opposed to unpaid leave for city council members

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Transcona Coun. Russ Wyatt and Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz say they’re open to the idea of members of council taking salary cuts in line with what’s envisioned for public servants as part of proposed Wyatt "weekends."

The city is exploring a proposed cost-saving measure that would see "non-essential city employees" take unpaid days off. Wyatt proposed the idea and called it "Wyatt weekends," modelling it on the provincial Filmon Fridays of the 1990s. He believes the move could save the city $14 million to $15 million a year.

Wednesday at city council, Katz declined to say whether he supports the idea of Wyatt weekends and would prefer to see what the city has to say about the idea.

Both the mayor and Wyatt, however, said they would consider the idea of extending unpaid leave to members of council. Councillors each earned between $66,200 to $83,900 in 2011, while the mayor earned $125,900 that year.

Katz also said he found the idea of unpaid prorogation interesting.

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