Thousands of L.A. County Workers Walk Off Jobs

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Thousands of Los Angeles County workers, whose contract expired at midnight, walked off their jobs on Tuesday.

Los Angeles County Walkout
Thousands of county workers planned to walk 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.

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