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Wilkes-Barre Holds Off Announcing Layoffs

WILKES-BARRE — Friday is the day the city of Wilkes-Barre had hoped to announce who and how many city employees would be furloughed to save money, but that announcement never came.

Mayor Tom Leighton spent Friday in meetings with union leaders, according to a Wilkes-Barre city spokesperson. In the final weeks of 2012, the city faces a $2 million budget shortfall. Earlier this week, 11 employees chose to take an early retirement plan, that eased the financial pain, but officials said it wasn’t enough.

City officials said they identified cuts across all unions, including firefighters and police officers, but they won’t finalize cuts. Instead, the mayor wants the unions to reconsider salary raises and give up several holidays next year to save money and save employees.

The city spokesperson said union leaders will have to report back to the mayor early next week.

The spokesperson did not say how many city jobs could be cut.

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