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  • Californians are unhappy with unions; does it matter?

    Californians are unhappy with unions; does it matter?
    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...
  • Angry about the money spigot at L.A.'s Department of Water and Power

    Angry about the money spigot at L.A.'s Department of Water and Power
    Ordinarily, I don't spend more than an hour or so at a time in Los Angeles City Hall. I get in and out of there, quick as a burglar, to avoid having my judgment impaired. I thought longingly about that approach on Friday, when I attended a windy...
  • Labor has helped L.A., but tweaks are still needed

    Labor has helped L.A., but tweaks are still needed
    I think it's fair to say that the men sitting across the table from me Monday afternoon were not terribly happy with my recent work. Bob Schoonover, president of Service Employees International Union, Local 721, and Art Sweatman, a shop steward and tree...
  • S.F. grudgingly backs Kaiser rate hike for public workers

    SAN FRANCISCO — Officials who oversee the healthcare plans that cover San Francisco public employees this week excoriated Kaiser executives for failing to adequately explain a proposed rate increase but ultimately voted to back it. The city's...
  • DWP average pay rose 15%, despite flagging economy

    DWP average pay rose 15%, despite flagging economy
    Average employee pay at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power rose 15% over the last five years, despite an economic slump that ravaged the city's budget, records released Tuesday show. DWP workers received significantly more generous pay...
  • DWP union is a big donor in mayor's race, its members get big pay

    DWP union is a big donor in mayor's race, its members get big pay
    Employees at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, whose union is the single biggest contributor in the current mayoral race, earned average total pay of nearly $100,000 in 2011, according to a Times analysis of the most recent publicly available...
  • State sues Labor Department over freeze on transit grants

    State sues Labor Department over freeze on transit grants
    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. In...
  • Trampling the rights of teachers

     Trampling the rights of teachers
    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...
  • L.A.'s potholed streets must be made safe for cyclists -- or else

    L.A.'s potholed streets must be made safe for cyclists -- or else
    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...
  • Bruce Malkenhorst: Poster boy for public employee pensions?

    Bruce Malkenhorst: Poster boy for public employee pensions?
    If I were a government employee in California, I'd cringe anytime I heard the name Bruce Malkenhorst. Malkenhorst worked for the tiny city of Vernon for 29 years, culminating with his tenure as city manager. He somehow persuaded his employer to pay...
  • S.F. supervisors back Kaiser rate hike, demand more transparency

    S.F. supervisors back Kaiser rate hike, demand more transparency
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has reluctantly approved a Kaiser Permanente rate hike for more than 45,000 public employees and their families, after aggressively pressing the nonprofit healthcare coverage provider for months to...