Forced Out- A San Francisco for Everyone?
Local 21 members working for the City of San Francisco made the difficult choice during the Great Recession to help the City they work for and love. They agreed to wage cuts...
LOST EDGE Video Viewing
Stop by the Local 21 San Jose office at 4:30 p.m. June 25 to be one of the first to see "LOST EDGE: Restoring San Jose's Competitive Advantage," a video...
Golden Gate Labor Coalition members show their strength!
Over 50 members of the unions that make up the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition (including Local 21) gathered at the Bridge District office Friday morning, July 25....
Local 21 members in San Jose Working to take back “The Lost Decade”
After a decade of pay reductions, layoffs, and hostility from the City Council majority, IFPTE Local 21 members in San Jose are taking back their City.
Local 21 members honor one-day strike at Golden Gate Bridge
Machinists Local 1414 members held an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike against the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District Tuesday, Sept. 16. IFPTE Local...
Affordable Healthcare is a Right
The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors are undercutting the core principles of the Affordable Care Act and the Democratic Party.
A San Francisco For Everyone
These Local 21 members represent more than 4,000 city employees who are helping to build a beautiful, sustainable and more vibrant San Francisco. The movie A San...
Volunteer for Victory
Help elect Leaders to the San Jose City Council who will care about all residents, and who won't play politics with workers and services in the crosshairs. This is our...
Local 21 News

Leaders Brainstorm Ways to Reach the Next Generation


With many of Local 21 Members and Leaders nearing retirement, it's critical to recruit the next generation of activists.  At the January 24 Delegate Assembly, nearly 100 Members from across the Bay Area brainstormed ways to reach out to newer, sometimes younger colleagues.  The session was led by Jim Potterton, Ph. D., labor instructor at San Jose City College.  Suggestions included holding meetings outside the office, using social media more strategically, publicizing Local 21's achievements more widely, and organizing social events.

New Bullying Legislation Takes Effect


Employers are now required to include the topic of bullying in their sexual harassment prevention training.  Assembly Bill 2053 went into effect January 1, 2015, and calls for education of and training on abusive conduct.  Bullying has surfaced in a few of our jurisdictions as some of our Members have felt intimidated or mistreated at work.

Though the Bill adds necessary training, it does not include an original provision providing for corrective action if bullying occurs.  Local 21 will keep our eye on the issue to see if it requires legislative follow up.

Sutter Health Coverage for Blue Shield Participants


If you have Blue Shield health care coverage, you may have recently gotten a notice informing you of a breakdown in negotiations between Sutter and Blue Shield that has resulted in the termination of Blue Shield’s contract with Sutter Health.  If you haven’t seen this notice, you can find it here.  The potential impact to our members of having to change doctors and hospitals in the next few months is absolutely unacceptable and must be avoided.