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City Hall should hold the line on pay raises
City Hall should hold the line on pay raises

After nearly a year of negotiations, Los Angeles city officials and the unions representing 20,000 city workers still haven't reached a deal on a new contract. One group of employees has even threatened to strike. The standoff is caused, in part, by the city's determination not to approve any raises for the next three years and to implement a new pension tier that reduces retirement benefits for new hires. As Mayor Eric Garcetti and other officials have explained it, the goal is to eliminate the annual deficit that has prevented the city from investing in city services and infrastructure. The Coalition of L.A. City Unions, which bargains on behalf of roughly half the...

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