Villaraigosa orders 42 furlough days for workers who rejected labor deal
Faced with resistance to his plan for addressing growing employee costs, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that he had instructed his managers to impose 42 furlough days on city workers whose bargaining units rejected his latest labor agreement.
The move came hours after city officials reported that more than 6,300 workers had voted against ratifying the new contract negotiated by Villaraigosa and the Coalition of L.A. City Unions, which represents non-public-safety employees.
That group makes up 43% of the coalition’s full-time employees, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said. Many of those workers are paid from the city’s general fund budget, which covers basic services such as public safety and faces a $457-million shortfall.
Under the mayor’s new furlough plan, six of the 42 furloughs days would be required by June 30, while an additional 36 would be imposed over the following 12 months.
Villaraigosa could not immediately say how many of those 6,300 workers would be exempted from the new round of furloughs. But he said the new round would definitely lead to “diminished” public services.
The mayor also praised the 14 bargaining units that voted for the agreement, which requires members to devote 4% of their salaries to the cost of retiree healthcare.
-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall
Photo: Mayor Villaraigosa takes a moment before delivering his state of the city speech April 13. Credit: Gray Friedman / Los Angeles Times