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EDITORIAL ROLLING STOPPAGES LUCRATIVE DWP WORKERS' CONTRACT LEADS TO CITY HALL TROUBLES.

THIS summer, it's not only rolling blackouts Angelenos have to worry about. Apparently, rolling strikes of workers are possible as well.

The Engineers and Architects Association is threatening to conduct rotating walkouts if the city doesn't give its 8,400 municipal workers the same sweetheart deal as Department of Water and Power workers.

City officials aren't offering that same lucrative DWP deal, though. Nor should they. The inflated pay scale at the DWP has caused enough problems by diverting millions of dollars that should have gone into capital improvements.

The result is that transformers and other equipment are obsolete, leading to widespread outages during this heat wave -- and the overpaid DWP workers are among the most complaining in town.

It's only fitting that the utility that brought us power outages -- and then stuck us with the bill -- might deliver yet another booby prize.
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Date:Jul 28, 2006
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