One month after the City Council imposed salary cuts and a scaled-down retirement benefits system for rank-and-file employees, hundreds of utility workers on Tuesday demonstrated on the steps of City Hall in support of new union representation.
For more than a year, a faction of the Glendale City Employees' Assn. made up of Glendale Water & Power employees has been pushing to join the Local 18 chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, or IBEW.
At City Hall on Tuesday night, the frustration of an ongoing stalemate had clearly boiled over. Protracted negotiations between the city and Glendale City Employees' Assn. led to a 1.5% salary cut and scaled-down benefits for new hires after the City Council last month voted to end the impasse and impose a new contract.
But internal e-mails last year between the leadership of the association, which represents about 1,000 rank-and-file employees, showed a push among some members even then to at least bring in IBEW representation.