More than 200 Glendale Water & Power employees and their union comrades packed City Hall Tuesday night to protest a contract that cuts their pay by 1.75%.
Despite the showing, the City Council — unable to reach a deal with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, the union representing the utility workers — voted unanimously, with one abstention, to impose the contract, which also requires workers to temporarily pay more for their own health insurance.
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The move comes after nearly two years of unsuccessful negotiations with the Los Angeles-based union, which that also represents water and power workers in Los Angeles and Burbank.
IBEW spokesman Gus Corona attributed the contract terms not to budget concerns, as Glendale officials cited, but to what he claimed was an anti-union philosophy.
“It’s more about busting the unions, that’s what it’s about,” Corona said, as IBEW members whistled and clapped.
Mike Sagehorn, a former Glendale Water & Power employee who left about nine months ago because he was upset with how the utility treated workers, said others will quit, too.