FIFTY YEARS OF HISTORY
organization of workers formed for the purpose of advancing its members'
interests in respect to wages, benefits, and working conditions. Members elect the President, Vice President and Board of Directors from its
membership, who directly controls the affairs of the
Monica Municipal Employees Association went into
service in 1949. From this time forward most City employees were members of
MEA. Through the years, groups of City employees petitioned the City
to form their own Associations declaring they shared a 'community of
interest', which clearly distinguished them from other groups of City
MEA was the largest Association.
were MEA members. In 1985, Supervisors petitioned MEA and the
City to form their own Association. The request went unopposed by MEA
and the City granted recognition status. The group that formed is known as
the Supervisors Team Association or STA.
Professional employees were
MEA members. In 1989, Professional employees petitioned MEA
and the City to form their own Association. The request went unopposed by
MEA and the City granted recognition status. The group is known as the
Administrative Team Associates or ATA.
employees were members of American Federation of State County and Municipal
Employees (AFSCME). In 1993, Library staff employees held an election.
MEA challenged AFSCME for employee representation. Employees voted to
decertify AFSCME and to become MEA members.
Blue-collar workers, City
Yards' employees, were members of Service Employees International Union (S.E.I.U.).
In 1994, blue-collar employees held an election. MEA challenged
S.E.I.U. for employee representation. Employees voted to decertify S.E.I.U.
and to become MEA members. In 1998, AFSCME challenged MEA's
representation of blue-collar employees. In an election during this year,
MEA won decisively and defeated the international union, AFSCME.
Blue-collar employees remain MEA members.
Today there are
approximately 1700 City employees represented by 10 bargaining units