L.A. City Council Approves Salary Increases of up to 22% for DWP Workers

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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power building in downtown L.A. is seen in the file photo. (Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles City Council approved a contract Wednesday that will provide six raises in five years for members of the Department of Water and Power’s biggest and most powerful union.

In an 11-3 vote, the council backed raises for about 9,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18. Workers will see raises of at least 13.2% and as much as 22.3% by October 2021, depending on inflation. Base pay for the DWP’s power-line workers will rise by 4%.

City Hall negotiated the raises behind closed doors, and the City Council skipped the traditional committee meeting that gives the public the opportunity to voice support or opposition for a proposal before the final vote.

Transparency advocates say the contract’s fast-tracked approval is another example of the powerful sway labor unions hold at City Hall. Labor has long been a key player in Los Angeles politics and a major fundraiser for candidates.

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