| May 23, 2013
| 2:33 PM
The Los Angeles City Council on Thursday unanimously approved Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s final budget, expanding key services as several members acknowledged that many city workers will likely get a 5.5% raise in eight months.
| Mar 19, 2013
| 8:23 PM
The long-running love-in between Wendy Greuel and public employee unions continued Tuesday, with the mayoral candidate from the San Fernando Valley bagging an endorsement from the powerful Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
Which raises a question:...
| May 8, 2013
| 8:21 PM
SACRAMENTO — California legislative leaders and 10 public employee unions announced opposition Wednesday to any sale of the Los Angeles Times and other Tribune Co. newspapers to a pair of wealthy brothers who fund conservative causes throughout...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 6:40 PM
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...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 7:53 PM
For more than half of my 38 years in the news business, I've been a member of a union, though I'm not currently. And my late father was a proud Teamster for decades.
So I appreciate the goods that unions deliver to nearly 15 million members in the...
| May 9, 2012
| 9:39 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown is targeting a new part of the budget to close a widening deficit by seeking to reduce state employee costs in his budget proposal, according to sources with knowledge of his plans....
| Sep 23, 2012
There are a couple of assumptions guiding much of the civic conversation about public employee pension reform: first, that organized labor would fight any reform tooth and nail; and second, that labor's strong presence in Los Angeles would doom such...
| Apr 16, 2012
As Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa works to bring the city's finances under control, he's made some laudable moves, but his actions today are constrained by two decisions from earlier in his tenure that limit his options.
The first came in late...
| Oct 22, 2012
With the first round of the Los Angeles mayoral election still more than four months away, the race has taken shape in recent weeks, largely because of two developments that have scrambled the handicapping of the contest.
First, it became clear that...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Unpaid taxes: A report showing that current and retired federal employees owed more than $3.4 billion in income taxes in 2010 is fueling a drive on Capitol Hill to pass legislation that would fire, and prohibit the hiring of, tax delinquents....
| Feb 3, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Mexico City, trash, dump: Nearly two months after it officially closed one of the largest trash dumps in the world, Mexico City's government and dozens of its suburban counterparts are scrambling to remake plans to solve a garbage crisis that apparently...