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L.A. employee unions agree to pay cuts in light of budget shortfall

October 23, 2009 |  5:41 pm
A group that represents 22,000 city employees in Los Angeles has approved a new contract that seeks to reduce salary costs at City Hall by $78 million, officials said today.

Workers with the Coalition of L.A. City Unions voted to ratify the contract, which was renegotiated last month by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council. The city is facing a $405-million budget shortfall.

The contract cuts 3.5 hours of pay out of each coalition member’s 80-hour paycheck.

The vote by the coalition’s members will allow the council to move forward with a plan for allowing 2,400 workers to retire up to five years early with full benefits. A final decision on that proposal is expected next week.

-- David Zahniser at L.A. City Hall