EAA was formed in 1894 as a professional association to represent and promote the interests of professionals in the City of Los Angeles.
Engineers and Architects Association (EAA) – representing nearly 6,000 City employees in four bargaining units, in virtually every City department and bureau – has a long and distinguished history. EAA celebrated its 125th birthday on September 11th of 2019.
EAA was originally formed in 1894 as a professional association to represent and promote the interests of engineers and architects in the City and County of Los Angeles. Since then, EAA thrived as a professional association. Prior to 1969, however, public sector employees in California did not have the right to participate in collective bargaining with their employers.
The CA Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA) of 1968 finally established that right. In 1971 the Los Angeles City Council adopted the City’s Employee Relations Ordinance pursuant to the MMBA, and soon thereafter EAA was formally recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for Professional, Technical and Administrative employees, along with the associated Supervisory Units.
By the turn of the new century in 2000, the changing City political environment as well as turbulent trends in the U.S. organized labor movement placed new pressures on EAA to formally join the AFL-CIO and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Independent professional associations such as EAA had to face increasingly powerful anti-public employee forces while fighting for their members’ best interests.
After exploring a number of options, in 2012 the EAA Membership voted to affiliate with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) as a unit of IBEW Local 11 – with the future prospect of EAA becoming its own free-standing IBEW Local also offered by the IBEW International Council.
EAA has continuously renewed its dedication to its members and to the larger Labor community in Los Angeles. In 2019, EAA’s strength in its Membership, reinforced by its affiliation with a powerful international AFL-CIO Union, produced the best set of labor contracts for EAA-represented City employees in decades. EAA continues to renew that commitment and strength to protect and promote its members’ rights and interests into the 2020’s.