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Labor opposes proposed increase in Los Angeles city sales tax

SEIU Local 721

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SEIU Local 721 opposed the city's efforts to change its pension system. Now, the labor group is opposing the Los Angeles City Council's plan to increase the city sales tax.

A union representing Los Angeles city workers has joined the top mayoral candidates in opposing a plan to increase the city sales tax a half percent.

A committee of SEIU Local 721 unanimously voted to oppose the measure that is expected to appear on the March 5, 2013 ballot. The Los Angeles City Council will take a final vote on Tuesday to send the proposed increase to voters.

“The proposed half-cent sales tax is a regressive tax that would hurt middle class workers in Los Angeles," said SEIU 721 President Bob Schoonover. "Our members decided they just couldn’t support it."

“The city council ignored other revenue raising measures, and did so by relying on polls generated by real estate industry lobbyists. Neither council President [Herb] Wesson, nor the council as a whole has studied this measure independently or discussed it with city workers.”