The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s most powerful union went into contract negotiations late last year convinced its workers deserved more money.
For three years, the union’s 9,000 members had gone without raises, even as other city workers won pay increases.
The negotiations were done behind closed doors. Bargaining instructions were handed down by four council members as well as Mayor Eric Garcetti, who took office in 2013 vowing to bring down costs at the DWP and look out for ratepayers.
The talks ended with a deal that many consider highly favorable to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, with workers getting six raises over...