LOS ANGELES (AP) — Workers at Los Angeles City Hall are wrapping up a vote on a labor deal that would require civilian employees — for the first time — to pay part of their salary toward retiree health benefits.
The health care payments are part of a broader agreement that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says will save the city’s cash-strapped general fund about $200 million over several years.
Voting is scheduled to end Tuesday evening.
Civilian workers now pay nothing toward retiree health benefits.
Under the pact, workers would contribute 2 percent of salary toward those costs beginning in April, increasing to 4 percent in July.
The deal also includes nearly 12 percent in pay hikes over four years, but temporarily suspends cash overtime.
It includes a no-furlough guarantee for workers through 2014.
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