LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Thursday canceled mandatory furloughs for the city’s 4,100 clerical employees in response to their union’s vote ratifying a new labor contract.
The mayor issued his order in response to a vote by the membership of Local 3090 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees ratifying a tentative agreement between the city and a coalition of unions. Local 3090 is the coalition’s biggest bargaining unit.
The mayor said the cancellation of the furloughs will be enshrined in an amendment to a memo of understanding governing the agreement between the city and the labor coalition. The amendment will be submitted to the City Council on June 15.
The agreement ratified by Local 3090 provides for the clerical employees to begin contributing 2 percent to retiree healthcare starting May 22, increasing to 4 percent on July 1, the start of the next fiscal year.
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