The California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System last week asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael McManus to block Vallejo’s bid to reject its collective bargaining agreements.

Vallejo, a San Francisco Bay Area city of 117,000, sought Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection on May 23, claiming it could no longer afford to pay agreed salaries and benefits to its public workers. The case is the biggest municipal bankruptcy since Orange County’s 1994 filing.

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