Is Los Angeles Losing Its Middle Class?

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Southern California-s grocery strike is dragging into its third month and it's not likely to be settled until well into next year. Talks broke off Monday without significant movement by either the grocery chains or the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. One observer says there's more at stake than health benefits and wages for 70,000 workers. Organized labor claims that low-wage discounters like Wal-Mart threaten the standard of living of an entire class. Others contend there-s an overall increase in high-salaried, non-union jobs, with the real threat coming from immigration. We discuss the evolving nature of this region-s economy with Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect and Joel Kotkin of Pepperdine University's Public Policy Institute.
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Mayor-elect Gavin Newsom

Rival mayoral candidate Matt Gonzalez

District Attorney-elect Kamala Harris

Incumbent DA Terrance Halinan

Matier's article on Mayor-elect Newsom's challenge

California Employment Development Department (EDD)

LA Times' 3-part series on 'The Wal-Mart Effect'

Teamsters Joint Council 42

United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW)




Warren Olney


Frances Anderton