To represent its members to management and the community, to reinforce a professional working relationship between members, management and citizens, and to improve the wages and benefits of our members. An Association of the members, by the members, for the members.
The Glendale City Employees' Association is the oldest employee organization among the City of Glendale organizations. Founded in 1934, it is an independent, self-governing body, with many years of experience in getting results for its members. The GCEA provides collective bargaining negotiations and on-the-job representation to ensure job protection, competitive salaries, better fringe benefits, grievance representation, and improved retirement benefits. The GCEA monitors Civil Service proceedings and proposed modifications in retirement laws, workers' compensation and other laws that affect you, your family and your job. The members elect the President, Vice-President and Directors - each serves unpaid, two-year terms. There is one Director and one Alternate for every 25 Members. The President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, appoints the staff of the Association.
The Board of Directors represent the individual Member’s goals and concerns to the collective Board to define long term and short term objectives and goals. The Board approves the budget, all expenditures, and events. Directors from each Department meet with the Department Head on a bi-monthly basis to discuss issues. Typically, there is one Director and one Alternate for every 25 Members.
- Board Meeting Minutes are posted at specific locations in work areas and on the website https://gceaca.weebly.com
- Board Meetings are open to all members (except closed session)
- GCEA Directors are your co-workers
ALL BOARD MEETINGS IN-PERSON HAVE BEEN PUT ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE ARE STILL MEETING MONTHLY VIA MS WEB-EX AND WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP BOARD MEMBERS UP-TO-DATE.
GCEA Board of Director's meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month in the Perkins Community Room, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). All members are welcome to attend open Board Meetings. (Note: If Closed Session is called during one of the Board meetings, all attendees, except President, Vice-President, Labor Representative, and Board Directors will be asked to leave).
Every member carries the GCEA logo with them by association, and should represent the City and GCEA responsibly, respectfully and professionally. Be involved with the GCEA; the more Members who participate, the more leverage we have in negotiations, and the more events and activities we can. Read and get familiar with your Memorandum of Understanding (MOU); it is the contract between GCEA and the City. Hard copies and electronic versions are available online.
The GCEA has contracts with professional labor-management representatives whose services include:
- A continuing professional survey and analysis of our wages, job classifications, and fringe benefits.
- Professional representation when negotiating for better wages and working conditions.
- Professional insurance consultation to help us maintain and improve our medical insurance program.
- Personal consultation to all members for job related issues.
- Counseling and representation for employees with grievances, Skelly process, and Civil Service related matters.
- Medical – City pays 75% to 85% of the premium, depending on the plan
- Dental – City pays 100% of basic plan premium
- Vision – City pays 100% of premium only for Regular Members and their families
- Horizon Employee Assistance Program – confidential services including counseling
- Holiday – 10 fully paid City Holidays per year
- Floating Holiday – typically each employee receives two days of floating holiday time per year to be used at employees discretion; the total number of hours may increase to compensate for holidays on employee’s normal days off.
- Sick Leave – Each employee accumulates eight hours per month (96 hours per year) of sick leave to be used for illness, doctor appointments, family care, and other related needs.
- Family Care Leave – Family care usage is limited to 48 hours per year to care for immediate family members.
- Bereavement Leave – Each employee is granted up to three days per incident whenever an immediate family member has died or is near death.
The GCEA recognizes and values education for all employees and currently has an agreement for the City to compensate up to $15,000 reimbursement for tuition & books. GCEA believes employees who pursue higher education are worthwhile and deserve to be compensated for their skills, leadership, and knowledge they will provide to the City.
The Public Employees' Retirement Betterment Committee is actively engaged in leading a statewide effort to upgrade the City Employees' Retirement System.
Each employee can contribute a portion of their salary into their choice of two 457 deferred compensation plans. The contributions are payroll deductible, reduce taxable gross income, and are tax deferred.
Long Term Disability Insurance
This coverage is available to Regular GCEA members. The City pays the premium for basic coverage for Regular Members. Disability coverage pays 50% of the member's monthly salary with a 10% buy-up option (for a combined 60% of monthly salary). Associate Members can purchase coverage.
Work Schedules and Compensation
The GCEA has negotiated with the City to provide a variety of flexible work schedules, including 9/80, 4/10, 3/36 and 5/40, depending on your position and duties. Additionally, overtime compensation may range between time-and-a-half and double-time, depending on conditions, and may be taken as pay or compensatory time at the employees discretion.
- Uniform & Boot Allowance is given for specific job classifications
- Prescription safety glasses are provided through the Safety Department for specific job classifications
- Educational Reimbursement
- One-time Educational Scholarship Opportunity up to $500.00 (Regular member Employee dependent)
613 E Broadway St. Suite #140, Glendale, CA 91206 • (818) 548-3985 • GCEA@glendaleca.gov