Thousands of Los Angeles County workers, whose contract expired at midnight, walked off their jobs on Tuesday.
The workers gathered at California Plaza at 350 S. Grand Ave. about 9 a.m. before marching to the County Hall of Administration at 500 W. Temple St.
The workers’ union, SEIU Local 721, said employees have gone without a raise for five years and the county has rejected numerous proposals.
Union leaders called on county representatives to go back to the bargaining table, according to a media release.
A county spokesperson said they have a proposal for a tiered increase totaling 6 percent by April 2015.
“Now that the economy is starting to improve. What we’ve done is we put a reasonable and responsible salary increase on the table,” William Fujioka, L.A. County CEO, Said.
SEIU Local 721 represents more than 55,000 L.A. County employees, according to the release.