Santa Clara County Engineers & Architects Association

The Santa Clara County Engineers & Architects Association is a group of Engineers, Architects, Project Managers, Engineering Geologist, Environmental, Health, and Safety Professionals. We provide services to all County-owned and operated facilities.

Chapter News and Events

Local 21 Members Bring BART to the South Bay


BART in South Bay Area is becoming a reality. Within weeks of opening the Warm Springs Station in Fremont, BART offered a tour to Valley Transportation Authority union staff and member leaders.  VTA is partnering with BART on South Bay public transit projects. The group of about 20 viewed the new BART station in Milpitas and construction sites.

South Bay News May: March for Science, BART Behind-the-Scenes Look


Check out this month's South Bay News.

Highlights include:

Local 21 Members Work to Ensure South Bay's Wastewater Gets Clean and Stays Clean


It’s one of those conveniences we use several times a day.  Flushing a toilet.  Rinsing food from dishes.  Washing our hands.  But few ever think about where that water goes.

When you’re cleaning 100 million gallons of sewage water every day, you need several people monitoring the complex system of flow.

South Bay News April: L21 Members Featured, Chapter Updates


Highlights of this month's South Bay News include:

  • Local 21 Members Work to Ensure Area’s Wastewater Gets Clean and Stays Clean
  • Federated Unions Work To Update San Jose Pension Ordinances
  • Cupertino to Revise Bylaws and Board
  • ES, PMA Name MOU Bargaining Teams
  • SCCEAA Weighs Deferred Comp Change
  • Help Local 21 Feature Our Members!

Local 21 Everyday Heroes Respond to San Jose Flood


Late February, as thousands of South Bay residents evacuated neighborhoods during heavy rain and flooding, Local 21 members prepared for the storm, kept the region updated, sheltered those affected, and repaired communities afterward.

Cupertino Scores Contract Campaign Victory


Local 21’s newest chapter, the Cupertino Employees' Association (CEA), is quickly proving itself to be a rising star. Before joining Local 21, CEA’s previous contract had the lowest cost-of-living increases (COLA) amongst all of its neighboring South Bay cities and the some of the worst health coverage for families in the area.

After six months of negotiations, the Local 21/ CEA bargaining team won wage increases and big reductions to healthcare premium costs.

TAEA Negotiates Three-Year MOU


TAEA Members recently voted nearly 80% yes on a new MOU; and the VTA Board of Directors already approved. The proposed three-year deal features 3.5%, 4%, 3% wage increases for the hardworking employees at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

San Jose City Council Votes to Comply With Court Order: Measure B Rescinded


On May 10, San José City Council voted 10-1 to comply with the court order removing all Measure B language from the City Charter and Municipal Code and rescinding the resolution that placed Measure B on the ballot in 2012. Only Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio voted to violate the court order.  Measure B, passed by voters in June 2012, called for Draconian cuts to City workers’ retirement benefits.

Work Begins on Implementing Legal, Sensible Retirement Reform in San Jose


In approving a recently negotiated settlement to San Jose's illegal Measure B, City Councilman Ash Kalra exclaimed, "San Jose's long civic nightmare is over."  In tweaking a famous quote from former President Gerald Ford, Kalra summed up labor's years-long fight with the City of San Jose over worker benefits.  Since pension-cutting Measure B's passage in June 2012, City employee unions and the city have been sparring in superior court and at the state’s Public Employment Relations Board.

CEO of Santa Clara Valley Water District Ousted


Following a Santa Clara County District Attorney investigation, and numerous press reports about mismanagement, Beau Goldie has been forced out as the CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Goldie was a decades-long Water District employee who rose through the ranks, but his tenure as CEO was marked with rancor and hostility toward labor.  Goldie resigned Jan. 14.  The Board will rotate the interim post among chiefs while it searches for a new CEO.