Politics, government and public life for Southern California

FAQ: What you need to know about the proposed DWP deal

Eric Garcetti DWP City Hall

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Eric Garcetti discusses a new deal the city reached with Department of Water and Power workers at Los Angeles City Hall.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday said the city has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the powerful labor union that represents 8,200 Department of Water and Power workers. He said it would create “a pathway to comprehensive DWP reform.”

Does the deal include a raise for DWP workers (some of the best-paid city employees in Los Angeles whose average salary is nearly $100,000)?

The deal provides no raise until October 1, 2016. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which represents DWP workers, has agreed to delay a cost-of-living increase that was scheduled for October 1 of this year. Significantly, the 2016 increase is tied to this year’s consumer price index, which is a relatively low two percent. In addition, starting salaries for new employees in 34 job classifications would be reduced.

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After acrimony, Garcetti approves of tentative deal with DWP labor union

Eric Garcetti DWP City Hall

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Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson (foreground) announced a deal reached with the DWP union on a new labor contract.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti claimed victory Thursday in his battle to squeeze more contract concessions from the powerful union that represents Department of Water and Power workers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18.

“Today, the balance of power at the DWP shifts to the people,” said Garcetti at a late morning news conference.  The mayor credited voters, in part, saying his May election over union-backed candidate Wendy Greuel paved the way for a tentative deal.

“You delivered a clear mandate for reform in this city and the DWP," said the mayor. "You gave me the strongest possible bargaining position for this contract.”

Under the new contract deal, 8,200 DWP workers will give up a cost of living increase scheduled for October 1.  They instead will receive the increase in three years.  It’s been more than two decades since DWP workers have gone without an annual pay increase.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP deal reached, FBI visits water district, Congressional race in Inland Empire

Eric Garcetti

Alice Walton/KPCC

After dinner with the IBEW's union boss, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the city had reached a deal on a new DWP contract. He and Council President Herb Wesson will discuss the details later this morning.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 22, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Late last night, the city reached an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents workers at the DWP. Mayor Eric Garcetti and council President Herb Wesson will discuss the contract's details later this morning at City Hall. KPCC, Los Angeles Times.

The FBI is looking into records at the Central Basin Municipal Water District that may be related to an ongoing investigation into state Sen. Ron Calderon, according to the Los Angeles Times. The paper put together this graphic to show the relationships between various Calderon family members, campaign contributions, legislation and consulting contracts.

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Los Angeles City Hall and Department of Water and Power agree on union contract

Eric Garcetti office

Frank Stoltze

Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce the terms of a contract with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Thursday morning at City Hall.

Los Angeles city officials and the union that represents employees for the Department of Water and Power reached an agreement late Wednesday evening, according to the Mayor's Office and the president of the Los Angeles City Council.

Details of the contract will be announced Thursday morning at a City Hall news conference with Mayor Eric Garcetti. Council President Herb Wesson told KPCC he believes the details of the deal are similar to what was leaked earlier.

“The deal today is better than the deal was at the end of July and that credit goes directly to him," Wesson said, referring to the mayor.

The Los Angeles City Council declined to vote on the terms of the deal Tuesday because it was more important for City Hall to show a united front, according to Wesson. At that point, the city was either 48 hours from a successful deal or from the contract completely falling apart, he said. 

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In the Inland Empire a Congressional race is in full swing

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar

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Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar at the train station in San Bernardino. He's running for Congress in the 31st District, which extends from Rancho Cucamonga to Redlands, and includes San Bernardino and several other Inland Communities.

Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga)

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Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) addresses members of the VIP Club at the Rancho Cucamonga Senior Center in August, 2013. Miller is running for reelection in a solidly Democratic district extending to Redlands.

Former Rep. Joe Baca

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Former Rep. Joe Baca chats at a bruch for the Young Visionaries youth services group in San Bernardion. Baca who lost election in another district last year after 14 years in Congress, is running in the 31st Congressional District. The Democratic Party is backing a different candidate.

Eloise Gomez Reyes

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Attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes is running for Congress in California's 31st District. She has the endorsement of Emily's List, a Super Pac that supports women candidates.

Rep.Rep. Gary Miller at Rancho Cucamonga Senior Center

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Rep. Gary Miller is applauded by Rancho Cucamonga residents as he rises to address them at the city's senior center.


Almost immediately after last November's election, Democrats targeted an Inland Empire Congressional seat won by Republican Gary Miller. He's being called the most vulnerable Republican incumbent in Congress and a big Democratic political action committee has endorsed Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar to replace Miller next year. That leaves former Democratic Congressman Joe Baca, who represented Inland voters for 14 years but who lost his re-election bid last year, without party backing.

Miller  is a Republican representing the 31st District, a solidly Democratic seat in which about half the population is Latino. The district extends from Upland and Rancho Cucamonga east to Redlands. It includes San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Rialto, Colton and parts of neighboring communities.

Redistricting caused Miller to seek this seat to avoid running against a fellow GOP incumbent in his former district. Miller won the 31st last year after Democrats splintered their primary votes and failed to get a candidate into the general election.

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