L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, city council hearing, proposed DWP contract: "L.A. council members laud DWP contract proposal scorned by Garcetti"....
* Los Angeles Times: "L.A. council members laud DWP contract proposal scorned by Garcetti" - "The pact would delay pay raises and rein in pension costs but keep a provision allowing higher wages when contractors are used. It's about 'progress, not perfection,' says one city official." - From the LAT:
One day after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would not sign a proposed salary agreement with union employees at the Department of Water and Power, City Council members praised the deal while voicing fears of a strike if the talks fall apart.
During a four-hour hearing, DWP executives and the council's top advisors gave a forceful defense of the proposed pact with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, saying it would keep a lid on pay raises until 2016 while making strides in addressing the utility's retirement costs. "This proposal is about progress, not perfection," said City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, who reports to both Garcetti and the council.
Garcetti said Thursday he wants more in the deal that would allow the city to change work rules, including a provision that grants DWP employees higher wages when private contractors are hired by the utility. He is set to meet Saturday with council President Herb Wesson to discuss the agreement.
The mayor remains the only elected official at City Hall to criticize the agreement with the DWP union, which waged a fierce campaign against him during this year's election...................
* Daily News: "DWP work rules, overtime studied"