SEIU strike to close some offices

By Pat Maio, utsandiego.com

About 250 workers with the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee, or MAAC Project — a charity that offers Head Start preschool classes and other services for the region’s poor and hungry — are staging a one-day work stoppage Tuesday over what employees say are unfair labor practices.

California’s public unions have too much clout and compensation

By Daniel DiSalvo, Los Angeles Times

Mayor Eric Garcetti, a pro-labor Democrat, has tried to restore ties with Los Angeles’ public employee unions after most of them backed his opponent in the 2013 mayoral race. Nevertheless, the mayor is sticking with the hard line he has taken in contract talks: asking city workers to accept a three-year wage freeze, pay 10% of their healthcare premiums (many currently pay nothing) and accept a higher retirement age.

LAUSD teachers union moves closer toward a strike

By Thomas Himes, Los Angeles Daily News

After seven months and 18 rounds of cantankerous contract talks, Los Angeles Unified administrators and leaders of the district’s 35,000-member teachers union finally found common ground Wednesday when United Teachers Los Angeles made its first legally required step toward a strike.