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Labor rally set to take place in downtown Los Angeles

March 26, 2011 | 11:06 am

Union members and their allies will march Saturday morning in downtown Los Angeles in support of bargaining rights and better-paying jobs. They also plan a rally in Pershing Square.

Demonstrators are to gather outside the Los Angeles Convention Center and begin their march through downtown Los Angeles around 11 a.m. Organizers said thousands of union workers are expected to participate in the "Our Communities, Our Good Jobs" rally. Demonstrators plan to target several employers; among them is the Ralph's supermarket at 9th and Flower streets, because the chain and several others want "Wal-Mart wages" for their workers, according to organizers.

The march is set to end with the Pershing Square rally, where the Grammy Award-winning band Ozomatli is scheduled to perform. The event is sponsored by the Our Communities/Our Jobs Coalition, in association with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

-- Ruben Vives