During their assembly, the workers, in purple Service Employees International Union shirts, reportedly blew whistles and waved flags bearing the phrase “Turn It Up”. Some employees even brought their children to the rally holding signs saying “My Mom Needs a Raise” and “My Dad Needs a Raise”.
Subsequently, the Supervisors were scheduled to discuss a $24.7-billion budget proposal disclosed by county chief executive William T. Fujioka. For the first time in five years, the said offer is balanced and involves major cuts.
During the economic recession, while the other Los Angeles cities and municipalities have already overcame the downfall through job lay-offs and furloughs, the county was not able to do so since it has gone without raises for the last five years.
So far, the county is currently negotiating with public safety employees and will go into further bargaining with the other labor groups in the coming months.
Apparently, workers indeed have the right to demand for a raise now that they have patiently waited for too long before the county has been able to recover from the recession. In addition, aside from their workloads, today’s cost of living has significantly increased while the salaries remained unchanged, as claimed by a Los Angeles employment lawyer, who agrees the employees on their objective.
Although the county officials have recently signaled that they are open to a wage increase, some of them advised caution. During the recent budget discussion, county supervisor Michael D. Antonovich noted that the county still faces fiscal uncertainties such as the costs of implementing healthcare reform, prison realignment and the cleansing of polluted storm water – a mandate which he said is to be unfunded.
On May 15, public hearings regarding the budget proposal will commence, while the final document is expected to be approved by June. 2HZZ2YYDRA8F