The Black Employees Association-BEA is a non-profit community based employee advocacy organization operating for more than 40 years with the specific intent to improve the conditions of Black employees, employers and the community. The Black Employees Association-BEA was organized and founded by Clyde Johnson and Frank “Mzee” Young in 1971; and at the height of the Affirmative Action Era when all of the non-white groups in city, county and state government were forming employee organizations to represent their perspective members.

The Association was organized to address the unfair and discriminatory practices toward Blacks in the work place, the lack of Equal Employment Opportunities for Blacks and the lack of quality professional representation available to them.

The sole objective of BEA is to provide a viable framework from which Black employees can work together to work toward goals that can be attained through a unified force, thereby expediting the desire of all employees to see an end to discriminatory hiring, promotions and advancements in employment.

BEA is a non discriminating Association; and we welcome the participation of all those who share our goals of promoting EEO in the workplace; and who are willing to dedicate their time and efforts to work toward making equality in employment a reality. BEA does not deny membership or services to anyone regardless of race, color, age, national origin, gender or disability. However, the primary objective of the Association is to represent the interest of Black Employees and to represent its members.

The BEA is a qualified employee organization under California State law and has the right to represent its members in administrative matters under the Myers-Milias-Brown Act that established the governing protocol and legal basis for labor unions and employees associations.

We believe in the power of the collective and know the collective is power. We are all a part of this puzzle and as we take our place, things fall in place. We believe that each member strengthens the organization giving it a stronger voice in addressing issues that not only affect employment but the total well-being of our members, their families and communities.

BEA has been serving its members and the community for over 40 years and we are committed to protecting your rights and will continue to provide our members with the professional advisory/representation support necessary to manage the many different situations occurring on the job.


“BEA Working to keep you Working”

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