Glendale Water & Power workers, upset that they are ineligible for an early retirement program slated to save the city $9 million, urged the City Council to give them the incentive as well.
Utility workers aligned with the city's newest union, which has been at odds with City Hall even before it became an official bargaining group, do not have a contract as yet, and cannot apply for the program. Under the slimmed-down budget approved by the City Council Tuesday, all workers except those represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, public safety personnel and executives are eligible.
“The city and the IBEW with the vast amounts of resources at their disposal can't come to terms,” said Phil Augustinus, a Grayson Power Plant mechanic, about three hours into the meeting.
“To be singled out of this opportunity is not only unfair, it also comes with an added cruel twist of disrespect to [my] loyal, faithful, long service and devotion of duty, these very words written and presented to me on my 30-year service award,” he said.