Richard Riordan
Labor board orders L.A. to rescind pension cuts for new workers

A labor relations panel moved Monday to strike down a 2-year-old law that rolled back retirement benefits for newly hired Los Angeles city employees, handing a defeat to the politicians who are trying to rein in growing employee pension costs. The five-member Employee Relations Board voted unanimously to order the City Council to rescind a 2012 ordinance reducing pension benefits for employees with the Coalition of L.A. City Unions, on the grounds that the changes were not properly negotiated with labor leaders. That law, backed by Mayor Eric Garcetti when he was a councilman, was expected to cut retirement costs by up to $309 million over a decade and by up to $4.3 billion over 30...