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May 1 – LA Daily News

“It is our duty as a labor movement to fight for a living wage and enforcement so that working families have a chance to thrive,” said Rusty Hicks, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. “The time is now to raise the wage for hundreds of thousands of working Angelenos.”

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May 1 – My News LA

The Raise the Wage coalition presented petitions containing about 100,000 signatures and urged the City Council to adopt the wage hike proposal now being debated.

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April 25 | LA Times

Alice Goff, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3090 — another group in the labor coalition now in negotiations — said better pay should be a source of pride for city employees. Public-sector work has traditionally served as a gateway to the middle class for L.A.'s poor and minority residents, she said. “It's what folks should be striving to, in my opinion,” she said of city workers' comparatively high pay. “I don't see why we should go down to meet the others.”

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April 29 | NBC Southern California

The successor of the May 19 runoff election will replace Councilmember Tom LaBonge who represented the district since 2001 and will be termed out effective June 30, 2015.

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April 28 | LA Times

At the first three in a series of forums for small businesses to weigh in on the effects of raising the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, business owners were significantly outnumbered by activists advocating for the increase.

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April 20 | People’s World

Local 721 has been asking the city to make good-faith proposals for a new contract. The union wants to protect pensions, keep healthcare costs for workers down, and improve wages and working conditions.

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April 22 | My News LA

The contract includes a 5 percent increase in health-care subsidies, a $500 increase in the annual uniform allowance and an optional overtime buy-down and increase in cash overtime.

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April 21 | LA Times

Englander's decision, which he said he will announce electronically Wednesday morning, ends weeks of speculation about his plans and adds his name to a growing list of candidates hoping to succeed 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Antonovich must step down after 36 years on the board due to term limits.

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April 14 | LA Times

Among the ongoing initiatives the mayor cited is a proposal to raise the city’s minimum wage and mandate the strengthening of buildings that could collapse in a major earthquake. In the San Fernando Valley, where Garcetti chose to deliver his speech, the latter topic has special resonance for residents who suffered the worst effects of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

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— Martin Luther King Jr.

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