Compensation and Benefits

L.A. City Council approves raises of up to 22% for about 9,000 DWP workers

L.A. City Council approves raises of up to 22% for about 9,000 DWP workers

In a big victory for labor, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a contract giving six raises in five years to members of the Department of Water and Power’s biggest union.

The vote came despite objections from some council members over what they considered a rushed process that didn’t give them time to scrutinize the deal.

It also is expected to open the door for other labor groups at City Hall to demand generous salary packages at a time when the city is struggling with tight budgets and financial woes.

Although Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city...

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