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Boston To Begin Layoffs Next Week

Boston Mayor Tom Menino says he will have to lay off hundreds of city workers because of a $131 million budget deficit.

Menino is negotiating with unions over a wage freeze that will determine the number of layoffs. He says the unions that agree to hold pay steady are less likely to face cuts.

Menino says he's baffled that more unions aren't agreeing to a wage freeze.

Some union officials say there are other options the city could explore, before asking workers to agree to a wage freeze.

This program aired on March 3, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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