DWP employees earned $77M in extra pay this year

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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power  (AP Photo)

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — City officials say Department of Water & Power employees earned $77.3 million in extra pay in the first six months of 2013 and earn 20 percent more than other city employees, on average.

The Los Angeles Times reports an analysis released Thursday by the city controller found the utility’s workers are on track to earn an average of nearly $16,000 in extra wages.

Extra wages are paid for things like overtime or working in bad weather.

Controller Ron Galperin says the higher expenses translate to higher rates for consumers and less money for infrastructure improvements.

The report comes a day before a public hearing to discuss DWP’s proposed contract before the City Council. The four-year contract would hold off on raises until a four percent increase in 2016.

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