The Los Angeles City Council overturned their decision to enact a three-month delay on 232 employees who faced job cuts. The City of Los Angeles set the first day of the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which begins July 1st, to be the day 232 city employees, primarily employees in the library department and city-run childcare centers, would face layoffs.
Last month the Los Angeles City Hall announced a three-month delay for city job layoffs; however, the day before the layoffs were to take place, the City Council voted against their prior decision. After a two-hour meeting that was closed to the public, the Los Angeles City Council decided to continue with the city employee layoffs. In order for the delay to have taken place, 10 of the City Council member would’ve needed to vote in favor of it. The result was an 8 to 4 vote with City Council members Bernard C. Parks, Dennis Zine, Greig Smith and Jan Perry voting against the three-month delay.
City Council proponents of layoff delays argued that job cuts will cost the city an extra $3 million. Since the City of Los Angeles has a salary agreement with the Coalition of L.A. City Unions that requires the city to pay approximately $27 million for each employee who is let go, proponents argued that layoffs will ultimately cost the city more. However according to City Council members against the layoff delays, $110 million in savings would’ve been needed to prevent the 232 job cuts. In October 2010 the City Council will need to decide the fate of 1,000 more city employees.