South Bay

Santa Clara Valley Water District Members Stand for Respect, Trust

11/20/2013

More than 60 Engineers Society and Professional Management Association members asked their employer to increase transparency and morale at the Santa Clara Valley Water District. At the District’s November Board meeting, members demanded the Board be more respectful with employees. ES President Metra Ulloa spoke on behalf of all three bargaining units and presented a petition with more than 430 signatures to the Board.

San Jose Mayor Pushes State Ballot to Cut Retirement

11/12/2013

Chuck Reed, contender for “California’s Worst Mayor,” has filed papers for a statewide constitutional amendment to allow state and local governments to cut retirement benefits for current public employees.  The measure, which is also backed by the mayors of four small California cities, was filed with the Attorney General in October.  Reed says he is aiming to start collecting signatures soon and hopes to get it on the November 2014 ballot.

Local 21 South Bay Holiday Party

11/12/2013

All South Bay Members are invited to our 8th Annual Holiday Party on December 3. Toss those Thanksgiving turkey leftovers and celebrate the holidays with your colleagues at the San Jose Airport Garden Hotel. New this year is a canned food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank – members who bring two or more canned items will be entered into a raffle. View the flyer for more information. RSVP by November 22.

Unfair Labor Practice Charge Filed Against Water District

11/12/2013

Local 21 filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge October 29 against the Santa Clara Valley Water District for interfering with the Union’s right to represent employees, and for interfering with employees’ exercise of protected rights in violation of the Meyers-Milias-Brown-Act.

8th Annual Local 21 South Bay Holiday Party

10/31/2013

All South Bay Members are invited to our 8th Annual Holiday Party -- December 3.  Toss those Thanksgiving turkey leftovers and celebrate the holidays with your colleagues at the San Jose Airport Garden Hotel.  New this year is a canned food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank -- Members who bring two or more canned items will be entered into a raffle.  RSVP by November 22.  Click here to see the flier.

City of San Jose Engineers and Architects Recent Contract Agreement Includes Modest Pay Restoration

09/30/2013

On Wednesday, September 25 San Jose's Association of Engineers and Architects (AEA) reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with the City of San Jose.  After six months of negotiating, the deal would provide Members a 2 percent salary restoration which would represent a good first step in recovering the 10 percent wage concessions our Members had contributed in the past.  The TA also includes a signing bonus equal to the 2 percent salary increase the City gave retroactive to June to the other Unions who had settled previously.  The AEA Bargaining Team also won:

Two San Jose Chapters Ratify First Full Contracts

08/20/2013

Local 21's two management units in the City of San Jose took a huge step in furthering the protections and procedures for their membership by overwhelmingly ratifying their first full contracts. Voting was held at three different locations over a four-day period.  The City Council approved the MOUs this week.

Local 21 Candidate Chavez Wins Santa Clara County Supervisor Race

07/31/2013

Residents overwhelmingly voted to elect Local 21's endorsed candidate Cindy Chavez to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.  Chavez received 55.55% of the vote with a 10 point lead over her opponent in the July 30 special election. 

This was a major defeat for San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and his compatriots in the Chamber of Commerce and Republican party, who endorsed Chavez's opponent.  Chavez brings a strong mix of experience and community involvement to the Board, which is imperative to tackle the financial challenges the County faces.

South Bay Members Celebrate Summer

07/19/2013

Nearly 200 Members from Local 21's seven South Bay Chapters rang in the summer at the 6th Annual South Bay BBQ.  Members were treated to tri-tip, chicken sausages, portabella mushrooms, raffle prizes and other picnic goodies.  For the first time in several years, members could celebrate the successful negotiation of contracts, including small pay raises in the City of San Jose.

San Jose Members Overwhelmingly Ratify Retiree Healthcare Agreement

06/20/2013

Our three San Jose bargaining units voted overwhelmingly to accept the recently negotiated agreement over retiree healthcare.

The agreement was a compromise on both sides and creates an opportunity to work together moving forward on solving a major issue for our members, as well as the City.

Components of the agreement include:

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