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Pasadena City Employees packed Pasadena's City Hall to protest against unfair treatment. 

The Torrance City Council approved a one-time, $261,000 payout last week to Torrance city employees represented by Local 1117  and two smaller unions as part of a new labor agreement.

After 5 months of intensive lobbying and campaigning to hold Wall Street Banks accountable, Fix LA, a labor and community coalition, has reached a major milestone.

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Fix LA (FixLA.org), a labor and community coalition stood with Teamsters' 99 Crossing Guards on the first day of school to demand the LA City Council protect hundreds of thousands of students and restore public service jobs by increasing the number of crossing guards at elementary in LAUD.

Statement from Alice Goff, President of AFSCME 3090, in response to Los Angeles City Councilman Parks' July 2, 2014 press release. 

L.A. city panel delivers victory to municipal labor unions

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LA Times: L.A. councilman wants Wall Street banks to cut bond refinance fees

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LA Times: 'L.A. should trim bank and investment costs, group says' (Online, 3.24; Print 3.26 and has been republished by many blogs)

KABC: 'Report: L.A. Spends More on Bank Fees than Streets'

Huffington Post: ' New Report Reveals How Wall Street Impoverishes Los Angeles'·

AlterNet: 'How Wall St Is Shaking the Silver Out of Los Angeles':

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More on the issue surrounding Bet Tzedek Legal Service Workers' right to quality healthcare. You can read the full article here.

If you missed all the action dont worry! Check out what the Bet Tzedek Legal Service Workers are fighting for here

Veteran City Hall observers say Miguel Santana has injected politics and his personal ideology into the CAO's office, acting more as an antagonist than a neutral fact-finder on progressive ordinances involving banking transparency and waste-hauling reform - all the while doggedly exaggerating L.A.'s financial problems. Rather than serving as an objective presenter of facts to the Mayor and City Council, they say, Santana has pushed hard for solutions predicated on slashing city services and privatizing city functions.
Read the full article here.

For some South LA youth, opportunities are few and far between. 

The LA County court closures halt at-risk children from accessing tools to help redeem themselves for a better future. 

Gang intervention and prevention worker Marcus Bell articulates, ""If you shut these courts down... where's the justice going to come from? It's going to come from the street."

Read the full article here.
 

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 An administrative judge with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruled that former Mayor Jerry Sanders violated state labor law by failing to offer unions the opportunity to negotiate on pension issues prior to launching a ballot initiative.

The premise that Proposition B (the "pension reform" initiative) was a grassroots measure blessed by Citizen Jerry Saunders is exposed as a complete falsehood. City resources and personnel were used time and time again to promote this amendment to the City Charter. And that was illegal. Read the full article and access more resources here.

The Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to send a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature "expressing strong opposition" to proposed reductions in funding for trial courts.

Union leaders warned of even longer court delays and, ultimately, disputes going unresolved. "The number of people coming through our doors each day is not decreasing," Mark Natoli of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told the board. "We aren't going to be able to keep up much longer without impacting public safety and denying people access to justice." Read the full article here.

 In a major victory for employees of Jewish Vocational Services, dozens of workers won an election to join a union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 800. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Friday announced the official election results, which will affect nearly 100 workers in JVS offices in Palmdale, Chatsworth, Burbank and Santa Clarita. Read the full Jewish Observer LA article.

This week, dozens of workers at Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) in southern California voted to join the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 800. Workers said they were thrilled with their victory, because the union will give them a voice on the job and greater financial security. Read more of the California State Federation Spotlight here.

Mitt Romney's garbageman stars in latest political ad

A California sanitation worker who collects Republican Mitt Romney's trash stars in a recently released attack group from a labor union that supports President Barack Obama.

Read the Houston Chronicle article, Oct. 2, 2012

Romney's garbage man stars in new attack ad

A labor union that supports President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has released an attack ad that features a sanitation worker collecting trash outside Mitt Romney's multimillion-dollar California mansion. … The head of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which produced the spot, says it's a direct response to the Republican presidential nominee's controversial "47 percent" comments that have dogged him of late. … "Mitt Romney's '47 percent' videotape revealed his contempt for tens of millions of Americans," AFSCME President Lee Saunders wrote in a blog post.

Unions threaten lawsuit over L.A. city pension changes

A group that represents 18,000 employees at Los Angeles City Hall warned Tuesday it will sue if the City Council enacts a plan to roll back pension benefits and boost the retirement age to 65.

With the pension plan up for a vote Tuesday, lawyers for the Coalition of L.A. City Unions sent a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa threatening a lawsuit and warning the reductions in retirement benefits will cause "irreparable harm."

Read the LA Times article Sept. 25, 2012

On Labor Day, trying times for organized labor

It has been a trying time for unions in Los Angeles and across the nation as workers mark Labor Day in the face of demands for pension reform, salary cuts and furlough days off work.

"It is clear that what we are facing is the need for more good jobs, for an economic rebound," said Maria Elena-Durazo, secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the umbrella group representing some 800,000 workers.

Read the Daily News article September 2, 2012

Unions Blast Gov. Jerry Brown’s Pension Plan

Gov. Jerry Brown announced a “historic pension reform agreement” Tuesday that will cap pensions and raise employee contributions and the retirement age.

The deal made with Democratic legislative leaders promised to radically change the way public employee pensions are collected and paid in California.

Read the KCAL9 article here

Pension Reforms: More Years of Work, Salary Cap, No More "Spiking"

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced several reforms to California's underfunded public pension system, including raising the minimum retirement age and ending abuses like a practice known as “spiking” in which employees are given big raises during their last year of employment as a way to inflate their pensions. The changes to pension benefits also include capping pensions at $110,000 a year for new employees.

Watch the NBC4 video here

'We Go On Because the Work Is Essential'

Orange County eligibility workers represented by AFSCME Local 2076 were in the press recently, describing the everyday trials and tribulations – as well as the great rewards – of their job. Local 2076 members are in the middle of fierce negotiations with County management, and have taken their message straight to the public in this story, published in the Voice of Orange County. Read all about it!

Blaine Meek: Scapegoating pensions is no fix for municipal budgets

In ancient Greece, when famine or illness or invasion would ravage a town, the town's leaders would identify a beggar or a criminal and cast him out of the community in a symbolic removal of sins.

Of course, the beggar or criminal had nothing to do with the tragedy that had befallen the town. He was nothing more than a scapegoat. So too is the relationship between government employee pensions and a growing trend toward municipal bankruptcies.

Read the Daily News article August 9, 2012

L.A. City Council OKs $7.2-billion budget

The Los Angeles City Council passed a $7.2-billion budget Monday, voting to cut 400 unfilled city staff positions but putting off difficult decisions on layoffs, park funding and Fire Department resources.

Read the LA Times article May 21, 2012

Budget panel finds way to delay 200 layoffs

A Los Angeles City Council committee came up with a plan Tuesday to avoid laying off more than 200 city workers at least until Jan. 1, thanks in part to a last-minute discovery of new tax revenues.

Read the LA Times article May 16, 2012

Chief L.A. analyst proposes tweaks that could prevent layoffs

The Los Angeles City Council’s top policy advisor proposed a series of recommendations Tuesday that could allow the city to avoid a round of controversial layoffs.

Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller sent the proposal to the council’s Budget and Finance Committee, which is considering changes to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s budget.

Read the LA Times article May 15, 2012

Villaraigosa: Claim of "war on women" at City Hall outrageous, desperate

A claim by labor unions that the city of Los Angeles has a “war on women” because women could be disproportionately impacted by layoffs is “so outrageous it doesn’t deserve an answer,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said today.

Read the KPCC article May 14, 2012

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