LA City Council asks workers to put off pay raises

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The L.A. City Council is expected to vote today on an employee concession plan – one that might help to avoid layoffs. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more.

Shirley Jahad: The plan asks city workers to go a couple of years without raises and to kick in more for their pensions. It also hinges on more than 2,000 workers accepting early retirement. In exchange L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti says those workers wouldn’t face furlough days or layoffs.

Eric Garcetti: This is better for preserving city services, keeping libraries open and parks going throughout the summer, and we hope to have a vote on this, and then they can take it to their members for ratification.

Jahad: About half of the city’s 40,000 workers are in the coalition of unions included in the plan.

Some observers have said they want to see more study of the long term economic impact of the plan and its effect on the city pension system.