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City Near Deal with Utility Managers, Other Unions Still Negotiating
(LA Biz, 9/18/14)
In July, the Coalition of L.A. City Unions was able to strike down a reduction in pension benefits for new hires that was expected to save up to $3.9 billion over 30 years -- a move that the city is expected to appeal.
Los Angeles City Council Looks at 32 Ways to Tempt Voters
(LA Daily News, 9/17/14)
Exploring ways to increase voter turnout in Los Angeles, a citizens panel on Wednesday recommended a change in the city’s scheduling of elections by either moving them to even-numbered years or changing the timing to the more traditional June and November dates rather than the March-May cycle in effect now.
Kuehl, Shriver Square Off in L.A. County Supervisor Race Debate
(LA Times, 9/16/14)
Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver came out swinging and sought to draw policy contrasts Tuesday night in the first major debate of the November runoff campaign to fill a Westside-San Fernando Valley seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Garcetti Asking Nearby Cities to Join L.A. in Boosting Minimum Wages
(LA Times, 9/14/14)
Garcetti's proposal calls for increasing the minimum wage from the California state minimum of $9 an hour to at least $10.25 in 2015, $11.75 in 2016 and $13.25 in 2017. If neighboring cities join in, it could ease worries that L.A. may lose jobs. Garcetti promoted the plan Friday at a meeting with mayors representing cities from Lancaster to Long Beach.
Mayor Garcetti Hopes to Pass $13.25 Minimum Wage in L.A. by Early 2015
(LA Times, 9/12/14)
“We’re seeing that more and more companies are moving to the minimum wage as their main workers’ wage, and as a result, that has kind of undermined that promise in America that if you work hard, you will be able to support yourself,” the mayor said.
The Right Way for L.A. to Settle Labor Disputes
(LA Times, 9/10/14)
To the editor: The Times states that AB 1881 "backs public employee unions" in how disputes between labor and management are adjudicated. To the contrary, the legislation is consistent with what was envisioned in the Los Angeles City Charter by calling for a return to the impartial process of appointing members to the administrative bodies that resolve these disputes. In L.A., it's the Employee Relations Board.
Los Angeles Job Growth Falling Behind Other Cities, Study Says
Both California and U.S. payrolls have now surpassed their pre-recession peaks, but not L.A. payrolls. About 4,191,000 people are employed in the county, which is 0.9 percent below the peak; 1,585,000 people are employed in the city, which is 2.3 percent off the peak.