Tomorrow night, the Costa Mesa City Council will hold a hearing on a proposed contract between the city and its public-employee union. The contract comes after three years of a nasty fight between the council and the union that made national headlines, a battle that served as a referendum on the state of public unions and their impact on city coffers. The new deal will make employees pay more into their pensions, have a reduction in starting salaries for new employees, and doesn't offer pay raises—yet it's a better deal than the hundreds of layoffs once proposed by Mayor Jim Righeimer. Who won? Who lost? And will both sides ever trust each other again?
Costa Mesa Labor War Ends; Who Won?