Association of Engineers & Architects

The City of San Jose’s Association of Engineers and Architects (AEA) affiliated with Local 21 in 2004 after the City unilaterally froze certain wages and benefits. We are a group of highly skilled professionals dedicated to improving our city.

Chapter News and Events

Pension Reform Talks Continue in San Jose


Local 21 chapters in the City of San Jose, along with a coalition of city unions, are continuing to meet with the City over pension reform. Our chapter leaders in the San Jose Coalition have worked hard to educate City Council members about the importance of providing us with adequate time to negotiate any reforms. The Coalition crafted a bargaining pledge, and with a few tweaks, city leaders including City Manager Debra Figone, have agreed to sign on. The Council is currently exploring a cash-incentive program to lure current employees into a second-tier pension plan.

Bargaining Continues at Valley Transportation Authority


Local 21’s Transportation Authority Engineers and Architects (TAEA) chapteris in the middle of contract negotiations, and hopes to reach a Tentative Agreement soon. Although the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s budget is in the black, the employer is still pushing for concessions.  Most recently, the employer offered a 3 percent wage increase to be filtered toward CalPERS contributions.

Khoa Vo Shines as South Bay Steward


Recently, the Santa Clara County Planning Department attempted to adopt the use of Individual Self-Development Plans. Leaders from Local 21’s Santa Clara County Engineers & Architects Association (SCCEAA) reviewed the personnel rules to respond to the employer, and held a meeting with members in the Planning Department to hear their concerns. SCCEAA President and Steward Khoa Vo then held an informal meeting with an Administrative Services Manager and pointed out that the current Performance Appraisal and Development Plan has all the components discussed in the employers’ new Individual

San Jose Members “Camp Out,” Bring City to the Bargaining Table


At 3am on Monday, June 6, Local 21 members set up an RV and “camped out” outside of San Jose City Hall to call on elected officials to negotiate with City workers about changes to retirement benefits. They carried a banner with the message, “Tell the Truth! Negotiate Now!”

San Jose Declares Fiscal Emergency to Cut Workers’ Retirement Benefits


On Friday, May 13th, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed released a memo calling for a Fiscal and Public Safety Emergency to “gain control over skyrocketing retirement costs.”  In the memo, Reed announced his plan to place a measure on the November ballot that would dramatically cut City workers’ retirement benefits.  Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Councilmembers Sam Liccardo and Rose Herrera also signed on to the proposal.

San Jose Members Fight to Safeguard Vested Benefits, Participate in Trainings



On May 2, San Jose’s City Manager unveiled a Five-Year “Fiscal Reform” Plan proposing that the City create a hybrid Social Security-Defined Contribution plan for new hires instead of the Defined Benefit retirement plan that current workers have.