July 28 (Bloomberg) — Los Angeles officials violated the law when they rolled back pension benefits for new employees in 2012, the city Employee Relations Board ruled, jeopardizing as much as $4.3 billion in projected savings over 30 years.

Leaders of the second-largest U.S. city failed to properly consult with municipal-employee unions before pushing through the changes in a 10-0 City Council vote in October 2012, the five-member panel decided today.

"The Employee Relations Board affirmed today the basic concept that one side cannot change a contract by itself," said Scott Mann, a spokesman for the Coalition of L.A. City Unions.

Yusef Robb and Jeff Millman, spokesmen for Mayor Eric Garcetti, weren't immediately available for comment.

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