A deal may be coming soon in the battle over the proposed labor contract by the DWP as union leaders conceded an upcoming pay raise during negotiations with the L.A. City Council Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Times says the latest terms would cut a scheduled October raise for workers from four to two-percent and reduce the pay for new hires in 34 categories.
Mayor Eric Garcetti didn't like the earlier version of the DWP contract, even though it contained three years of no raises for workers and reduced pension benefits for future workers. He is concerned about a myriad of around 600 work rules that pay extra bonuses.
City Council President Herb Wesson says the closed door negotiations yielded results and the council and Garcetti are "really, really close" to reaching an accord.