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County considers requiring supermajority vote to boost pay, benefits
County considers requiring supermajority vote to boost pay, benefits

Los Angeles County's five supervisors took a step Tuesday -- over the objections of labor groups -- toward approving a new set of rules that would require a four-fifths vote for any salary or benefit increases in union contracts. The proposal by Supervisor Don Knabe was touted as a means to preserve the county's fiscal health, but unions decried it as an attempt to tie the hands of new supervisors who will take office after November's election. "To bind a future board to 80%, make a majority get vetoed by a minority, is really an extreme case," Bob Schoonover, president of Service Employees International Union Local 721, told the officials. SEIU represents...

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