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Contract for 55,000 L.A. County workers expires

The union contract for 55,000 Los Angeles County workers expired late Wednesday after negotiators failed to come to terms on healthcare benefits.

The workers, represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 721, negotiated with county officials through the night at the Los Angeles Convention Center but broke off discussions at 6 a.m. today with an agreement to renew talks Friday.

Both sides expect to avert a strike. “We’re still working on a few issues,” said County Chief Executive William T Fujioka.

“We hope to have an agreement Friday,” said union spokeswoman Elizabeth Brennan.

—Garrett Therolf

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As a black man, my take is that the County should find a way to refuse to negotiate with the criminal enterprise known as the SEIU. It is run by a bunch of thug criminals. These purple shirt wearing pieces of garbage that lead the SEIU should be in prison with their ACORN buddies. Let these idiots strike in a time of fiscal crisis. Go ahead, get on with it.

Hope they get a better deal then LA City workers.

Please don't cut my benefits!!!!

If anyone has actual evidence that the SEIU is a 'criminal enterprise' or any officer is a Felon, they should take that to the District Attorney. That would be in violation of the LMRDA of 1959. See section 504: www.dol.gov/esa/olms/regs/statutes/lmrda-act.htm

If you have no actual evidence and are just a parrot for management, please note that in your comment so we know who to ignore and laugh at.

Gee, SEIU seems to be batting 1000 these days. They lost the Hotel Workers and Healtcare Professionals to other unions, and 721 lost its bid to raid EAA! In this case I guess 721 couldn't come up with enough "shared sacrafices" for it's members to make to get to management's pockets.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant. The sun is beginning to shine on the SEIUs and ACORNS in this country.


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