New Contract Promises Raises for LA DWP Workers


The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Board of Commissioners was expected to approve Tuesday a new contract for most employees that promises a minimum 12-percent raise over the next five years.

The pay increases could be larger depending on economic factors, according to DWP documents and a letter to members of the I.B.E.W. local 18, the union that represents most DWP employees.

"I respectfully recommend a vote to ACCEPT," wrote union head Brian D'Arcy.

The contract would also end direct public funding of two mysterious private entities largely controlled by the union, the Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute, according to the documents.

The Institutes had amassed millions of dollars in payments from the DWP under previous labor agreements with little oversight. Attempts by the City of L.A. to perform an outside audit of the public funds led to a series of legal challenges.


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