July 3, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Los Angeles, CA – Union workers at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will get raises of up to 22% over the next five years, under a contract with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 approved by the Los Angeles City Council by an 11-3 vote June 28.
The five-year deal will give Local 18’s 9,000 members six raises totaling 13% to 22%, depending on how much the federal Consumer Price Index rises. They will also not have to contribute to their health-care costs. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who in 2013 blocked the approval of a four-year contract with the IBEW so he could negotiate a deal that froze wages, has supported the new agreement. However, his staff told the Los Angeles Times that the raises were necessary to keep the water workers from leaving for other jobs, and the deal shouldn’t be considered a template for future contracts with other city unions. Read more
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