Please watch this important one-minute video introducing Gus Vallejo. A candidate for the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS) Board, Gus is a respected leader in his union.
The San Francisco Department of Elections is mailing green envelopes containing ballots to all employees this week.
After watching the video, please:
Local21 recently joined with SEIU 1021 and the San Francisco-based Management Employees Association (MEA) to successfully urge the San Francisco Superior Court to lift its contract imposition against SEIU 1021 and return to the bargaining table with all of its Court unions. SEIU recently held a successful one-day strike when the Court declared impasse in its negotiations and imposed terms including a “permanent” 5% wage reduction. That imposition and wage reduction will no longer take place.
We are pleased to announce that both bargaining units at the San Francisco Superior Court completed bargaining and ratified new contracts. This has been a long, difficult process; both units have been bargaining since May 2011. Last year, the State passed a budget with $350 million in cuts to the judicial branch. In response, the Court suspended negotiations and announced it would layoff 200 employees and close 25 courtrooms. Last Fall, the Court was granted an emergency loan and reduced the number of layoffs to 70.
Election Day is just around the corner, and many voters will be receiving their vote-by-mail ballots soon. Local 21 is sending each member with a San Francisco or Oakland mailing address on file a palm card listing our Union's endorsements which you can take to the polls with you, or use to fill out your vote-by-mail ballot at home. See a complete list of Local 21 endorsements, or watch out for your palm card in the mail!
In late June, the San Francisco Courts announced that they will be closing 25 courtrooms and laying off workers in order to close a $13.75 million budget deficit. Seniority lists have been posted on the Courts’ intranet and workers will begin receiving layoff notices on July 15 for a layoff date of September 15.