Steven E. Belhumeur
2020 continues to challenge each of us in new and unexpected ways. The COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty, and the impacts of both on the City and its budget remain high priority issues. This year has brought the best out of EAA members who have continued to deliver both a high quality of service at the worksite despite many of them working remotely, and as Disaster Service Workers.
Our hearts go out to our members whose lives have been personally impacted by the virus. Please take every precaution to protect yourself and your fellow workers so we can all keep our families safe.
EAA IBEW Opposes Furloughs
In April, we were the first Union to publicly speak out against the Mayor’s proposed furloughs to fill a $139M budget shortfall. Our MOUs guarantee EAA members 40 hours per week and the California Supreme Court has affirmed our right to grieve and arbitrate any violation of our MOU. Any agreement to change our MOU language must be ratified by EAA members.
In 2009, EAA members were forced to accept the Early Retirement Incentive Program, which we are still paying for, and the City established the Budget Stabilization Fund (BSF) to “protect against reducing services during a recession,” among other benefits. We are continuing to meet with management to propose cost-saving ideas which do not result in worker takeaways.
A New IBEW Local Union for EAA
EAA members have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to form a new IBEW Local Union. As part of our affiliation agreement with IBEW 11, we have an opportunity to charter a new union exclusively for EAA members. As a new and separate Local IBEW Union, we will be independent of all other locals and have full autonomy to fulfill our own visions and goals.
Zoom with EAA - September
Nearly 1,000 members have participated in our EAA Zoom Briefings in July and August. These online meetings have proven to be a great way for staff and members to interact and approach group-specific challenges. I’m looking forward to seeing even more of you joining us in September and beyond.
If you have ideas for a Zoom briefing, please keep sending them on.
Steven E. Belhumeur