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Boston Officials Balk At Union's Early-Retirement Request

Union leaders are asking the city of Boston to implement an early retirement plan.

It's their response to Mayor Thomas Menino's call for a
one-year wage freeze to cope with a $140 million city budget shortfall.

City officials balked at the union's request, saying a 2002 early retirement plan added more than $62 million to the city's pension liability.

Labor leaders are also asking for guarantees that their workers won't be laid off.

This program aired on January 16, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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