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

October 1, 2009 |  4:57 pm

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