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Essential California: Why L.A. construction jobs pay less

Essential California: Why L.A. construction jobs pay less

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, April 21, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Good jobs are disappearing

The stories of Eddie Ybarra and Francisco Martinez, two construction workers in their 40s, show the hollowing out of blue-collar jobs in Los Angeles and America writ large. Ybarra is a union worker and makes $40 an hour with pension, healthcare and unlimited vacation, while Martinez works for a nonunion...

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