Antonio Villaraigosa
L.A. violated labor law in rolling back pension benefits, report finds

An independent hearing officer Monday dealt a major setback to Los Angeles' effort to rein in public employee pension costs, concluding that elected officials violated labor law when they voted to roll back retirement benefits for new civilian workers without negotiating with labor leaders. In a 28-page report, hearing officer Luella Nelson said the city's Employee Relations Board should order the City Council to rescind its 2012 law, which scaled back pensions and hiked the retirement age of workers hired after July 1, 2013, creating a second tier of employees. The changes in benefits, proposed by then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and later backed by the council, were supposed...