Asian American Local 21 Members “Ready for a Greater Voice in Our Union”


Local 21 members and staffers went to the APALA (Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO) conference in Anaheim, California in August.

APALA is the first and only national organization of Asian American workers dedicated to the training, empowerment, and leadership of AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) within the labor movement.

Health Services System Changes Policy, Thanks to A Local 21 Member’s Activism


When Robin Hansen realized that existing HSS (Health Services System) policies regarding health coverage for adult children with disabilities seemed to unfairly penalize the parent and child, she set about to change it. 

Planners Chapter Take Telecommuniting and Hiring Inequities into Their Own Hands


Local 21 is not in bargaining for another two years because of our contract extension, but that’s not stopping members of the Planners and Environmental Specialists Chapter from identifying and working on some of their biggest workplace problems right now.

In the World of Exempt, One Day You’re In, The Next Day You’re Out


There seems to be some major misconceptions about exempt positions that need to be addressed so that Local 21 members don’t get fooled. Read this article and protect yourself!

Local 21 Welcomes Experienced Counsel Kenneth Page as Research, Communications & Training Director


Street activist-turned-attorney Kenneth Page has joined Local 21 as the new Research, Communications, and Training Director.

New Employee Orientation Bill Strengthens Our Ability to Organize


The newly minted New Employee Orientation Law opens up broad space for public sector unions in California to more fully represent and organize our members.

Local 21 Welcomes Award-Winning Researcher Kristen Schumacher


Born and raised in Wisconsin, Kristen Schumacher lives, breathes, and embodies the labor movement.

Sunnyvale City Workers Overwhelmingly Vote to Join Local 21


The SEA (Sunnyvale Employees Association), an independent Association representing about 450 workers for the city of Sunnyvale, recently voted by an overwhelming margin of 91% to join IFPTE Local 21.

Members Celebrate the 10th Annual Local 21 South Bay BBQ


There were long lines for Chefs Paul Pascoal and Khoa Vo's famous dry rub ribs, tri tip, and chicken marinated in his special Santa Maria style marinade, delicious potato salad, chili, garlic bread, fixins, ice cream sandwiches, and more.

Breakthrough on Civil Service Tests for SFUSD Members 


After several years of pushing the San Francisco Unified School District to convert Local 21 members hired as exempt employees to permanent Civil Service workers, a breakthrough might be on the horizon.