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Thursday, December 21, 2006

L.A. union leaders reach deal with city

By Joe Mathews,
Times Staff Writer
December 21, 2006

The tentative pact with the Engineers and Architects Assn. would provide a 9% raise over the next three years.

Bringing a close to its most contentious labor fight, the city of Los Angeles has reached agreement with leaders of the Engineers and Architects Assn. on a new contract that would provide a 9% raise over the next three years, according to union and city sources.

The deal, which still needs the approval of the EAA's approximately 7,500 members, surprised leaders of other public employee unions and turned upside down the pattern of relations between the city government and its unions.

When unions representing civilian employees signed contracts in 2004, EAA was the lone holdout. Now, as the city goes into its 2007 contract negotiations, EAA is the only union with a deal.

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