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Thursday, November 2, 2006

To cross or not to cross

MARLBOROUGH

A Marlborough fundraiser for lieutenant governor candidate Tim Murray has been cancelled due to concerns that he would have to cross a picket line of city workers.

Marlborough Mayor Nancy Stevens and city employees unions have been at odds over the terms of city workers' labor contract for several months. Stevens said earlier this week that talks stalled over employee health care contributions.

Murray has been endorsed by both Stevens and labor unions across the state, including those representing Marlborough city employees.

Stevens announced the cancellation of the event, planned for tomorrow night at Coral Seafoods, in a press release.

"While I recognize their right to protest, putting ... Murray in the untenable position of having to choose not to cross a picket line to attend his own fund-raiser is inappropriate," the statement read.

-- Megan Woolhouse

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