Jeff Duritz Joins Local 21 Staff

Local 21 welcomes Jeff Duritz as our new Representative/Organizer for Alameda County Local 21 members.

Jeff was born and raised in Philadelphia, and started his labor career in 2005 while living in the Boston area, where he organized for SEIU (Service Employees International Union). He moved to the Bay Area in the fall of 2007, and began working for UHW (United Healthcare Workers West), a 150,000 member SEIU Local, organizing nursing home workers.

In 2010, Jeff joined UAPD (Union of American Physicians and Dentists) organizing and representing physicians and dentists with public sector employers like the City and County of San Francisco, the State of California, and the UC Student Health Centers. Jeff represented a wide range of doctors who worked in locations such as San Quentin State Prison, Castro-Mission Health Center, and UC Santa Cruz.

One of Jeff’s proudest moments was organizing doctors at the ten UC Student Health Centers, where he was assigned to negotiate their first contract. As part of the contract campaign, the doctors were forced to strike the University of California twice in order to achieve a fair contract with decent raises. These were the first strikes in UAPD’s history.

Jeff took responsibility for UAPD’s San Francisco bargaining unit in 2012, where he worked on a variety of issues with Local 21 through the PEC (Public Employees Committee), like restructuring the healthcare premium framework, a recent SFERS (San Francisco Employees' Retirement System) election campaign, and jointly bargaining the New Employee Orientation access language in accordance with AB 119.

Jeff’s hobbies include his 10-year old son, hiking and camping, indie movies, and scuba diving. Before his foray into labor, Jeff worked as a scuba diving instructor in the Cayman Islands. His most recent dive trips include the Sea of Cortez in Baja, and Cozumel Island. We welcome Jeff to Local 21, and hope he has a swimmingly good time working here!