CHICAGO -- With his recent decision to lay off hundreds of workers, Detroit Mayor Coleman Young is playing hardball with city unions that will not accept a two-year 10% pay cut, a major part of his plan to stabilize the city's budget.

The city sent layoff notices this week and last to more than 600 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which overwhelmingly rejected the pay cut last week. The federation, which represents 6,000 Detroit workers, is the city's largest union.

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