L.A. Now Live: Are unions losing influence in L.A. politics?


The largest and the most free-spending labor organizations in Los Angeles placed a large bet on mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel and rolled snake eyes. The county Federation of Labor and IBEW Local 18 also wagered on newcomer candidates for City Council and school board in Tuesday’s election and went bust.

Join us at 9 a.m. Friday when we tally up employee union wins and losses from the election with Times reporter Seema Mehta and discuss where their influence goes from here.

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Wins in two other City Council races and the city attorney’s contest prevented the two powerhouse union organizations from going home winless in Tuesday’s municipal elections. But labor’s losses were so pronounced that they had critics suggesting that public employee unions might, just might, lose a degree of their vaunted clout at Los Angeles City Hall.

That remains to be seen, however, as a majority of the 15-member City Council still came to office with substantial union support. To thwart employee wages and benefit demands could be to invite a reelection challenge.


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