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Scranton, Pennsylvania City Workers Battle Mayor Over Minimum Wage Pay Cuts

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SCRANTON, Pa. -- Unions representing workers in the northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton expect to file a federal lawsuit against the city after Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty abruptly cut their pay to minimum wage. The workers in question are largely firefighters, public works employees, and police officers, according to

Doherty last week cut the pay for roughly 400 employees to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. He says it was the only way for the cash-strapped city to pay bills, and promises to restore pay once finances are stabilized. Last week, Scranton's business administrator told The Huffington Post that the city will have only $5,000 left over after paying its workers minimum wage this week.

Doherty is locked in a dispute with Scranton's city council over a financial recovery plan as it faces a $16.8 million budget deficit.

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