“We’re here, we’re engineers, get used to it!” Local 21 Joins San Francisco Science March

04/28/2017

A full delegation of Local 21 members marched in San Francisco with our sister unions, ESC (Engineers and Scientists of California) IFPTE Local 20, and IFPTE Local 30 (NASA Ames Research Center), on April 22. There was also a Local 21 contingent in San Jose.

Local 21 Members Bring BART to the South Bay

04/27/2017

Many of our Local 21 Transportation Authority Engineers and Architects chapter members have worked on, or are working on, bringing BART to San Jose.

May Day - International Workers' Day Action

04/27/2017

On International Workers’ Day, we honor the sacrifices workers and immigrants have made in the fight for justice. Below are a list of actions around the Bay Area.

Member Profiles: Tedman Lee Navigates 100 Year Old Pipes and Designs the New Calaveras Dam

04/27/2017

“There are some great people who work for contractors,” he says, “but at the end of the day those companies are about making a profit and their workers can’t advocate for quality the same way unionized city workers can. Our mission is to serve the public’s interests, not to make a profit, and by having a voice in our workplace and some job security, we can better advocate on behalf of the public for the best work possible.”

Local 21 Supports Trans Health Benefits

04/18/2017

“It shall be the policy of the San Francisco Health Service System and the Health Service Board to fully recognize medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria as part of the full scope of benefits offered to members.”

The updated policy also recommended the expansion of current gender dysphoria benefit offerings to include services like reconstructive surgery and facial feminization or masculinization deemed medically necessary.

Local 21 SF Unified School District Members Rally to Kick Off Bargaining

04/18/2017

Members of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) kicked off the 2017 contract negotiations with gusto on April 13 by rallying outside the Board of Education. The theme for bargaining is “Same Work, Same Pay,” a message meant to convey the importance of addressing wage equity for these workers. SFUSD members make an average 10% less than their counterparts in City classifications.

Member Profiles: Brian Reyes- Why I’m Marching

04/18/2017

Brian Reyes is a climate and sustainability analyst working for the San Francisco Department of the Environment, a job he finds deeply meaningful. The work his department does is science-driven and depends on good data. He is concerned about the administration’s stance on the environment and on science. “Science is telling us that climate change is a problem,” he says.

TrumpCare Gets Worse: Get Ready for ZOMBIECARE!

04/18/2017

We celebrated a big victory recently when House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the ‘replacement’ for the Affordable Care Act off the House floor. If approved, it would have thrown millions of Californians off of the ACA and Medi-Cal, punching a huge hole in local government budgets. However, there are indications that efforts to repeal the ACA will continue. The latest version, dubbed ‘ZombieCare’ by opponents, would be even worse than the first version of “TrumpCare.”

The Department for the Status of Women’s website states that “21 percent of full time employees self-identify as victims of domestic violence. Of these employees, 64 percent of domestic violence survivors reported that their ability to work was affected by violence.”  When someone is in an abusive relationship, they can be in danger coming and going from work, and even in the workplace itself.

Domestic Violence and The Workplace: It’s More Connected Than You Think

04/18/2017

The Department for the Status of Women’s website states that “21 percent of full time employees self-identify as victims of domestic violence. Of these employees, 64 percent of domestic violence survivors reported that their ability to work was affected by violence.”

March for Science!

04/11/2017

Local 21 members use science every day to do their work on behalf of the public.

Come to the March for Science rally on April 22 and join up with your fellow union scientists and lovers of facts!

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