There is nothing wrong with an honest disagreement, but there is everything wrong with a dishonest one. As a City Council member, mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti voted to ignore provisions of existing collective bargaining agreements that he had supported. That was dishonest.
The Times asserts that what Garcetti did was not as bad as what Republican governors have done. We disagree. Republicans who attacked collective bargaining acted to strip workers of their legal rights and said so. Garcetti ignored those rights and pretended he didn't do it.
Garcetti says that his vote to change a collectively bargained agreement was justified because his changes don't impact current employees, but only future employees. This ignores the truth — every collective bargaining agreement becomes the "bill of rights" for every new employee when they are hired.