Local 21 to Open New Office in Martinez


Local 21 is pleased to announce the relocation of our Martinez office from the current location at 1333 Pine Street to a new space just off Main Street in Downtown Martinez. 

Former and current Local 21 members elected to office


Warm congratulations to former Local 21 member Elisa Marquez (pictured) on her recent appointment to the Hayward City Council. Other current and former Local 21 members in elected office include Ruth Atkins, Emeryville City Council (Contra Costa County Chapter), Genoveva Garcia Calloway, San Pablo City Council (Contra Costa County Chapter) and San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos (CCSF). 

From the South Bay to Hayward… A season of victories for Local 21 members


Just six months ago, Local 21 was in the process of bargaining for more than 70% of our members from various jurisdictions at one time. And although the wage settlement numbers (4% in CCC; San Jose and San Francisco in the 3’s) indicate that we’re doing better on the economic front, it’s not getting easier for unions.

And with Supreme Court decision Harris V Quinn in late June—which struck a blow, though not a serious one—to the movement—it’s clear that we need to continue to rise to the challenge and the pressures that we face in today’s political environment.

Parting Words: It’s been a rewarding career for Bob Britton


On July 1, longtime Local 21 Field Services Director Bob Britton retired after 16 years of service to the local (along with many more years working in the labor movement). Before he left, Bob took some time to answer the following questions and offered some insight on what makes our membership unique, as well as his take on the future of unions in general.

TWENTY-ONE: Many people working in the labor movement take various paths in their journey to get there. What path led you to your calling?

Point of view: Put your money where your mouth is


Local 21 President

Last month, in the Supreme Court decision Harris v Quinn, labor dodged a bullet, avoiding the loss of fair-share fees by the narrowest of margins – in the form of one elderly, black-robed justice.  And the loss of fair-share fees would, at the least, have produced serious complications for public employee unions, which currently represent the most appreciable sign of life in the labor movement.

Parting Words: For Mary Marzotto, it’s all about growing the union


On the eve of her July 1 retirement, San Francisco Vice-President Mary Marzotto reflected on her most memorable moments at Local 21.

Legislative Watch


Broad & Gusman LLP

The Legislature is enjoying its now annual summer recess thanks to Prop 25 and a majority vote budget.  Gone are the days of holdout minority party votes and long, hot summer months with no budget.  This year’s fiscal plan was adopted on time and even restored some of the cuts from years past.  The courts got a little more money, public transit received a boost in funding from new cap and trade rules, and local governments got an increase for things like street repair, housing, and law enforcement.

Angela Alioto meets Local 21 members at lunch honoring campaign fund donors


Former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Angela Alioto, was on hand at a special luncheon to honor activists involved inLocal 21’s TJ Anthony Fund for Political Action on July 8.  

Alioto discussed her work in San Francisco politics and her father Joseph Alioto’s time as mayor of San Francisco (1968-1976).

Since leaving the Board of Supervisors, Alioto has been practicing employment, civil rights and anti-discrimination law.  Alioto won the largest Civil Rights verdict in the history of the United States in 2001, against IBC/Wonder Bread for $135 million.

Have you seen our Flickr page?


Local 21 has updated our Flickr page, which includes photos of our members from all over—from the South Bay to Oakland. New photos are being added all the time! Take a look at our Flickr page here.