- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County supervisors have approved a 10 percent pay increase over three years for county sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and members of several other employee groups.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/1MyU2ec) the contracts approved Tuesday mirror deals approved in September for lifeguards, public defender investigators and supervisors in the sheriff’s and probation departments.

The newspaper says a tentative agreement with Service Employees International Union, Local 721, which represents more than 57,000 workers, includes similar provisions.

SEIU officials called the pay deal a “breakthrough contract.”

But officials with the union representing deputies said they grudgingly agreed to it and were hoping for a bigger boost in pay and increased hiring standards.

The starting salary for a deputy trainee is about $60,000.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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