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

San Jose chapters Reach Long Awaited Agreement on Sick Leave Payout


Local 21’s members in the City of San Jose overwhelmingly voted to adopt a Sick Leave Payout agreement, reached between the City and the Union on August 27. City Administration attempted to eliminate Sick Leave Payout for all current and future employees.

Santa Clara Valley Water District Members Save the Day in Pipeline Emergency


Several Local 21 members who are a part of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Engineers Society (ES) and Professional Managers Association (PMA) recently responded to two serious water pipeline leaks near Highway 85 in San Jose.

State Auditor Affirms that San Jose City Officials used “Unsupported” Pension Estimates


Months ago, NBC Bay Area News uncovered how San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed knowingly misrepresented city pension costs and used inflated figures to promote Measure B among local voters, which unlawfully cuts public employees’ benefits.

San Jose Sees Employee Exodus After Cutting Pay, Benefits


The City of San Jose is experiencing the alarming aftermath of its repeated attacks on employee compensation and benefits. A number of reports in the last month highlight the City’s inability to retain and recruit workers.

South Bay Members Celebrate Annual Summer BBQ


Nearly 200 South Bay Members shared a day in the sun, catching up with co-workers and snacking on grilled favorites at Local 21’s 5th annual South Bay BBQ on July 26.

Santa Clara County Engineers and Architects Association Begins Bargaining


Local 21’s Santa Clara County Engineers and Architects Association’s current contract expires September 16, 2012. In preparation for bargaining, Board members Khoa Vo, Paul Pascoal, Jim Baker, Bill Grimes, and Judy Coyle met with the union’s Negotiating Team to discuss next steps.

San Jose Pension Litigation Begins


Following the passage of San Jose’s Measure B, a City ballot measure that unlawfully modifies pension benefits for city employees, Local 21’s AEA, AMSP and CAMP chapters joined San Jose’s Police Officers and Firefighters in filing multiple lawsuits to enjoin the City from implementing the unlawful changes to employee pensions, health care, and disability benefits.

Water District Splits Course on Retiree Health Charge, Union Insists Vested Rights Cannot Be Changed


The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors recently changed their position and decided not to charge retired employees 15% of their healthcare premium, but only for some employees.

San Jose’s Illegal Measure B


$650M San Jose Pension Projection "Unsupported"

The State Auditor released an evaluation today (August 21, 2012) reporting that San Jose leaders embellished future employee pension costs.

In March of this year, on a bipartisan vote, the members of the state Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved a requested state audit of the city of San Jose’s pension obligations.  The audit looked into the $650 million pension cost figure the Mayor and City Manager used to build voter support for pension reform and Measure B. 

San Jose Members Fight for a Voice in the June Election


Over the past year, San Jose members have been inundated with attacks from Mayor Chuck Reed and the City Council. It’s our time to fight back! Local 21 members are working hard to defeat Measure B, an initiative designed to dramatically reduce retirement benefits, and campaigning for a solid majority on the City Council so that attacks on city employees will stop.