About 200 Glendale Water & Power employees and their Los Angeles counterparts demonstrated in support of a new contract outside Glendale City Hall Tuesday after the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 rejected a proposed agreement with the city the night before.
Cars honked as the utility workers protested along Broadway, hoisting signs aimed at ratepayers. Some of them read, “City of Glendale Unfair to GWP Ratepayers,” and “Tell City Stop the Hidden Taxes on Ratepayers.”
Union spokesman Martin Marrufo said the signs referred to the millions of dollars the city transfers every year from Glendale Water & Power to the General Fund, which pays for most public services. The city halted a controversial water transfer to prevent litigation issues, but continues to transfer from the electrical side of the utility.
“What we want is for them to pay for water and power first,” Marrufo said.
Glendale Human Resources Director Matt Doyle said the city has been working with the union to settle a contract.