Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa agreed with city unions on ways to save $400 million over the next four years to help close budget deficits, calling it a demonstration that collective bargaining can work.
The plan, which must still be ratified, calls for union workers to pay as much as 4 percent of their salary toward retirement health-care coverage. It would also freeze pay increases.
“Today Los Angeles has a message for municipal governments all across America,” Villaraigosa said in a press briefing last week. “Collective bargaining works.”
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