The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Los Angeles Demands Big Concessions

Aug 3, 2009

Los Angeles politicians have launched a big assault on workers’ wages and benefits.

Claiming that the city has a 360-million-dollar budget deficit, they are threatening layoffs – unless city workers agree to concessions.

Big concessions, in fact. Mandatory furlough days every other Friday for a whole year – a 10% pay cut. A 2-to-7% increase in the workers’ pension contributions – another pay cut. A two-year wage freeze – a third pay cut, considering inflation. The city is also trying to push some workers out on early retirement, some of them without even a cash “buyout” payment!

These are the same old, much-used tricks from the bosses’ sleeves. But city workers can have a trick or two up their sleeves as well, giving these scoundrels the only answer workers, and their families, can afford: A big NO!