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Police Union Scoffs At Sunday Wage Freeze Deadline

The head of Boston's biggest police union says the union won't accept Mayor Thomas Menino's Sunday deadline to accept a wage freeze or face layoffs.

Patrolmen's Association President Thomas Nee says he'll work with the mayor to avoid large layoffs, but says the deadline of Sunday is "fictitious."

He says he wants the city to look for a long-term solution to budget problems before the union agrees to any freeze

Menino has been pushing for unions to forgo raises to help close a $131 million city budget gap. He says the move would save $55 million next year.

The mayor says the city could lay off as many as 700 workers if more unions don't accept the wage freeze.

So far, eight city unions have accepted the freeze.

This program aired on March 9, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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