Labor unions oppose the rate hike because California power rates are currently 50 percent higher than the national average. The proposed increase would hike rates nearly 53 percent since 2009.
Representatives such as those from The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) plan to protest the increase saying such a hike hurts ratepayers and working families.
They note SCE refuses to let its Laborers Union and other building trades compete for billions of dollars in company infrastructure projects paid for by ratepayers.
This increase is over three times higher than the national rate of inflation and Edison’s electrical rates are already 40 percent higher than the national average.
Working families in California already have the highest cost of living in the United States. Arbitrarily raising electricity prices on Southern California families is unfair and unreasonable. Poor decisions by Edison should not be rewarded with out of control price increases on working men and women, especially seniors and retirees on fixed incomes whose budgets just cannot absorb another massive hike in utility rates.
“We represent thousands of skilled middle class workers in Southern California trying to make ends meet while Edison consistently increases rates far beyond inflation,” said Armando Esparza, business manager for the Southern California District Council of Laborers, said in a statement, “It’s time for Edison to propose reasonable rates for working Californians who are already financially impacted by high living costs.”