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Massachusetts unions safeguard health benefits

Boston Globe, March 1, 2010

Massachusetts mayors, city and town leaders, and state officials, including Governor Deval Patrick, have launched repeated efforts to rein in the expense of providing healthcare to municipal workers, retirees, and elected officials. But organized labor has largely resisted local efforts to transfer more healthcare costs to workers and move communities onto the state's healthcare plan. And Massachusetts lawmakers have shown little effort for forcing an overhaul of the system, the Boston Globe reports.