Better Get To City Hall Early on Wed Because EAA May Be Talking Up All The Seats!
The EAA hasn't called for Strike Sanctions in a 120 year history. Mayor V. takes office, within six months of being in office and you had the first EAA/ZD rallies. (April 4th, 2006: A day that will live in infamy in LA Political history, as ZD showed up at City Hall for the first time ever, and that was the day hundreds of EAA workers also addressed Council.)
Nearly seven months later, ZD still can't sell T-shirts on Venice Beach, and EAA still hasn't settled their contracts or gotten their raises.
Meanwhile, The Mayor and City Council got their raises (making them the highest paid in their position anywhere in the United States). The Mayor had to get a new pair of Nikes to run fast enough to give hotel workers raises. DWP got a raise (and EAA does the same work, hence the EAA chanted slogan, "Equal Pay, Equal Work".)
Meanwhile, Last time around in April, Mayor V's. spokesperson said on TV, "I'm not saying they aren't going to get raises, but this is no way to go about getting them."
What way? Working without a contract for two years into a three year contract (when everyone else got the bump already)?
As discussed in a previous ZD Mayor Sam story below, it ain't easy to do the EAA's work because you had to do really well in math and science (and everything else); in really good colleges; and it's a lot tougher to replace the people responsible for the safety and operation of out Ports, Airports, Water Supply, CSI Crime Labs, Accountants, Auditors, Sewer Departments than grocery store employees.
And let's not forget the most important work in this City...The only work The Mayor and City Council really care about: Tract Maps...that pave the way, to pave the way for all those Condo conversions, y'all!
So seriously, ZD and everyone else already knows this is strictly a political game at this point, and I hope City Hall acts responsibly in the handling of this matter of local, state and national safety. For real, dough! Don't f*ck around on this one please. The Mayor was just in London, then Asia, so he's got months of catching up to do.
Does he really need THIS to deal with, now! Come to think of it, I hope The Mayor does force the EAA to strike: It would be some really swell press for The Mayor, just in time for election season. I'm sure his political homeboy Arnie Schwartzenegger would be thrilled, too. Then Zuma Dogg could easily beat Anotinio for Mayor in '09 and maybe even replace him as Democratic VP hopeful.