They said it all along, We want you to give up more.
They weren’t kidding. Early Retirement Savings and furlough hours weren’t enough to satisfy the Council and Mayor. LAPD Continues to hire LAFD budgeted for nearly 80 Million in overtime alone, Civilian workers will have to either give up the contract signed just last year and make up for some 63 – 110 million so that the Mayor can keep his anti gang program in force, this anti gang program it’s worth noting has nothing to do with the LAPD, it funds no cops and in the past has funneled money for gangs to buy guns.
With Inflation skyrocketing, convincing LA City Workers to take furloughs and pay cuts on top of giving up contractually guaranteed raises due to layoffs will be nearly impossible.
If civilian workers hold their ground they stand to gain a 5.75% raise and have more control over the furlough situation, if they re-open the contract again it would indicate the failing of the Coalition of City Unions and SEIU in particular.
All along Bob Schoonover has said we were standing firmly against any further concessions, “we gave enough”
“we will not give back again” were his words and now the fight is on to save jobs and save the salary of the city worker.
Taxpayers won’t pay less with this new budget, they will pay more and watch as the basic services they expect a city to provide vanish.
SEIU will be under the gun to begin working proactively to have job actions to highlight what the loss of it’s civilian workforce would mean to the public, or risks getting stuck behind the 8 ball. This coming just days after UAW forces Shutdown Boeing in a labor strike.
Our contract calls upon the City of LA to take steps to prevent layoffs, they have failed miserably at those steps. If Layoffs are imposed our salary rates are advanced by 1 year making a gain of 5.75% in the pay of the workers covered under the coalition contract. It is unclear how EAA members will be hit by this budget or unrepresented employees and members of the SEIU professionals organization.
City Council President Eric Garcetti estimated that the unions representing city workers would have to come up with “probably about $100 million” in concessions such as pay cuts, increases in their medical and pension contributions and elimination of bonuses within the next month and a half to save jobs and prevent drastic service reductions.