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LOS ANGELES COUNTY : More Health Inspectors May Face Reprisals, County Says

Los Angeles County health inspectors who are refusing to drive their personal cars in a contract dispute will face longer suspensions and may find their bosses doing inspections for them, county officials said Monday.

The 320 inspectors involved in the dispute will meet tonight in Alhambra to discuss the future of their job action against the county, including a possible restraining order to stop the suspensions.

Since the job action began Wednesday, about 50 inspectors have been suspended for up to a day for refusing to drive their personal vehicles to assignments. The union is seeking a temporary restraining order to curb the suspensions.

The inspectors, who have been working without a contract for nearly two years, have not received a cost-of-living increase in three years or a mileage increase in 13 years.

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If the dispute does not end soon, Oscar Castro, director of environmental planning and evaluation for the environmental health unit, said health officials will consider sending supervisors into the field to conduct inspections.


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