Thousands of Los Angeles city personnel, such as sanitation employees, lifeguards, and traffic officers, left their jobs for a 24-hour strike on Tuesday due to alleged unfair labor practices, according to The Associated Press.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721 reported that the strike involves over 11,000 city employees, including airport custodians, heavy-duty mechanics, and engineers.
“We’re on the picket line at LAX to show LA City and all its visitors that we refuse to accept the City’s bad faith bargaining efforts and repeated labor law violations,” SEIU Local 721 tweeted on Tuesday.
“The City of Los Angeles is not going to shut down,” Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass said in a press release on Monday.
“My office is implementing a plan ensuring no public safety or housing and homelessness emergency operations are impacted by this action. Like I said over the weekend, the City will always be available to make progress with SEIU 721 and we will continue bargaining in good faith.”
Bass previously urged the city to purchase a large luxury hotel to house the homeless, according to a city memo in May.
SEIU and SEIU Local 721 did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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