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Here comes the IBEW to pick your pockets: D’Arcy’s Glendale Power Play — My Sunday Column

Hold on to your wallets, good folks of Glendale, union boss Brian D’Arcy of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 wants to pick your pockets.

If you think the piddling water rate hikes of 12% spread out over four years that were approved by the City Council last week were bad, consider this: D’Arcy virtually runs the L.A. Department of Water and Power, no matter who is the general manager, and has been getting IBEW members raises of 3% to 6% every year for the last seven years — even when cops and other workers are getting nothing.

That has a lot to do with why the L.A. Department of Water and Power rates have been skyrocketing and officials are seeking as much as 15% increases overall for each of the next three years in Los Angeles.

It didn’t just start. It has been going on for years, to the point L.A. utility workers — all 11,000 of them — average $96,805 each, which is nearly $30,000 more than other L.A. city workers, according to a recent Bloomberg News story.

L.A. Department of Water and Power carpenters were paid $102,732 on average; auto painters $109,192; cabinet makers $101,840; garage attendants $74,408; land-surveying assistants $123,333; air-conditioning mechanics $102,878, and audio-visual technicians $147,853.

When you look at the tough job of electric linemen, they get a salary of $113,796 — almost exactly what Burbank Water and Power linemen represented by the IBEW get, but $9,000 more a year than their Glendale counterparts, who are only now seeking to have D’Arcy and the IBEW represent them.

Last April, about 175 Glendale Water & Power workers broke with the main city employees union and signed up to join IBEW Local 18 in the belief that D’Arcy — the most powerful and feared union boss in Los Angeles — had won his members one lucrative contract after another, nearly 6% increases in some years, and given him significant control of the city’s utility and its policies.

Negotiations between Glendale and the IBEW have made little progress on the main issue — more money, a lot more money.

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7 Responses to Here comes the IBEW to pick your pockets: D’Arcy’s Glendale Power Play — My Sunday Column

  1. Teddy says:

    What bad times we are in right now! No caring, no respect, just me, me, me.
    And so much hatred! When will we return to helping one another? Why, because our God is our Savior and we need Him in our lives , We are all sinners, but He will forgive us if we but repent and love one another. Could we please give it a try?

    Today is Palm Sunday. Next Saturday is the start of Passover, and Easter is next
    Sunday. God loves us all. He will forgive if we but repent.

  2. anonymous says:

    Oh poor people of Glendale, I am so sorry. Either way you try it you are locked into paying.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2008/aug/06/local/me-lopez6

    You know, Ron, it’s getting so bad that realtors will have to disclose city ordinances to prospective home buyers.

    • MissAnthrope says:

      Why not? They have to disclose everything else like half-way houses, eq damage, sex offenders…

      I’d like to move to another territory other than L.A. like Pasadena or Burbank, but then I’d probably be stuck with SoCalEdison and they’re worse than DWP!

      • asdfasdf says:

        No you’d be stuck with Burbank Water and Power or Pasadena Water and Power and have higher rates.

        Tell me, how much do utility workers at SoCalEdison make? And why does Ron keep comparing DWP utility workers to workers at Parks and Rec even though they obviously don’t do the same thing or have the same training?

  3. Wayne from Encino says:

    Wait for the day when these utility companies FIRE ALL THE IBEW EMPLOYEES out of the next contract expiration and HIRE BY WILL all the replacements. Dennis Zine, the Fool without a Council District, once said that the failure of the Clowncil to GIVE D’ARCY all he wants would result in a WILDCATER’S STRIKE! (That’s when the utility workers TERRORIZE the service area by SHUTTING DOWN ALL THE UTILITIES OR BLOW THEM UP.) Thus, Zine’s PUBLIC remarks INDICATE AT LEAST THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE IBEW COULD BE ENGAGING IN A RANSON-TYPE NEGOTIATING STRATEGY.
    It will be tough for a while after the IBEW’s DEPORTATION from utility work, BUT THEN THE UTILITY WILL IMMEDIATELY SAVE 30-45% OFF THEIR BUDGET. The only issue remaining is: HOW BIG A RATE-DECREASE OR FREEZE SHOULD THE RATEPAYERS GET! These A-holes over at IBEW don’t seem to understand how cash-strapping the ratepayers as fast as they are will be their undoing. The Cash-Cow will dry up. No matter how many politicians D’Arcy purchases, the economics will doom his uniion because of the pensions.

  4. Taxpayer says:

    By the way the pension at LADWP is currently fully funded. Also the across the USA there is a shortage of powerline workers. Many have tried, more than half who try fail. There is plenty of oppenings go ahead and try it out and take the test. This country needs middle class.

  5. Taxpayer says:

    By the way the pension at LADWP is currently fully funded. Also the across the USA there is a shortage of powerline workers. Many have tried, more than half who try fail. There is plenty of oppenings go ahead and try it out and take the test. This country needs middle class.

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