SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

August 22, 2006 02:52 ET

Mayor Villaraigosa Statement on Temporary Restraining Order Issued Against Some Members of the Engineers and Architects Association

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2006 -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa made the following statement today in response to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dzintra I. Janav's decision to grant a temporary restraining order (TRO) against work actions by some members of the Engineers and Architects Association:

"I am pleased by Judge Janav's decision to protect the City's critical functions at the airport, at the department of sanitation and with our 911 emergency response capabilities.

"The court today sent a clear message: While we will always respect the right of workers to organize, we cannot tolerate any effort to compromise the safety of the people of Los Angeles.

"We should be clear: The TROs affect just a tiny fraction of EAA's members. These are employees whose jobs are critical to the City's health and safety, and they represent less than three percent of the roughly 7,400 EAA-represented employees.

"I am confident that the leadership of the EAA shares my commitment to public safety. We anticipate a peaceful and respectful work action. However, any attempt to threaten the safety of the people of Los Angeles will be dealt with swiftly, and with the full weight of the law."

(NOTE TO EDITORS: A pdf copy of today's Temporary Restraining Order can be found on Los Angeles World Airports' Electronic Newsroom for Media at www.lawamedia.org. The document lists the City departments, functions, position classifications, and number of employees in the listed classifications covered by the TRO.)