| Jan 1, 2014
| 7:40 PM
At least 13,000 Los Angeles city employees received a 5.5% raise Wednesday, the final piece of a salary agreement that became a major financial burden during the recent economic downturn.
The pay hike means a majority of workers with the Coalition of L....
| Jan 5, 2014
Re "City workers get last raise in '07 deal," Jan. 2
As a dedicated 30-plus-year librarian with the city of Los Angeles, I was disturbed by this article's implication that city workers are getting rich with these long-overdue raises.
In fact, city...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Let the California public employee pension war of 2014 begin.
On Monday, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris released the ballot title and summary for San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s pension initiative, which would allow government agencies to negotiate...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:26 PM
SACRAMENTO — California's huge pension fund reported a 16.2% return on its investments in 2013 — its best results in more than a decade.
The California Public Employees' Retirement System, which provides benefits to about 1.7 million state...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:10 PM
A Los Angeles City Council panel voted Monday to let the Department of Water and Power scale back the cost of hiring away workers from other city agencies, despite objections from workers outside the DWP.
The council's Budget and Finance Committee...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 12:54 PM
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday finalized a salary deal with the powerful union that represents Department of Water and Power workers, obtaining a hike in the retirement age for future employees and no pay increases for three years.
The pay pact...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 1:24 PM
It's been a rough few weeks for public employee unions.
First, a federal judge in the Detroit bankruptcy case ruled the city's public employee pensions could be cut just like any other debt, challenging the belief that the retirement benefits were...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 10:40 AM
It would take a finely tuned instrument to measure the speed with which a strike by public employees is followed by politicians calling for a ban on this fundamental right of organized labor. Sure enough, the ink wasn't dry on the settlement ending the...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 5:31 PM
As expected, the state filed suit in federal court against the Department of Labor for blocking federal grants to state mass-transit agencies after unions objected to a new state law intended to slow the rising costs of public-employee pensions.
| Oct 13, 2013
The heroic effort of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2011 to rein in public employee unions has started to produce results.
One of Walker's reforms required a majority of members to vote each year to certify the union as its representative. Since that...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 12:28 PM
One of the top complaints of Angelenos in recent years has been the, shall we say, sub-optimal condition of the city's roads. If city officials can persuade more residents to get out of their cars and onto their bicycles, the wear and tear on the roads...