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Public, private sector wage gap heavily favors many L.A. city workers
Public, private sector wage gap heavily favors many L.A. city workers

For almost a year, the labor groups representing roughly 20,000 Los Angeles city workers have battled at the bargaining table for people like Marshall Turner. Turner supports his union. Yet when it comes to his job, he's not complaining. A 59-year-old garbage-truck driver, he made $95,696 last year including overtime. His three decades of city employment enabled him to buy a four-bedroom Rancho Cucamonga home and provide for five children. He recognizes his privileged place in an economy that has grown increasingly bleak for blue-collar workers. "I feel blessed at the city of Los Angeles," he said recently over a ramen lunch during a break from collecting trash in...

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