South Bay

South Bay Members Celebrate Annual Summer BBQ


Nearly 200 South Bay Members shared a day in the sun, catching up with co-workers and snacking on grilled favorites at Local 21’s 5th annual South Bay BBQ on July 26.

Santa Clara County Engineers and Architects Association Begins Bargaining


Local 21’s Santa Clara County Engineers and Architects Association’s current contract expires September 16, 2012. In preparation for bargaining, Board members Khoa Vo, Paul Pascoal, Jim Baker, Bill Grimes, and Judy Coyle met with the union’s Negotiating Team to discuss next steps.

San Jose Pension Litigation Begins


Following the passage of San Jose’s Measure B, a City ballot measure that unlawfully modifies pension benefits for city employees, Local 21’s AEA, AMSP and CAMP chapters joined San Jose’s Police Officers and Firefighters in filing multiple lawsuits to enjoin the City from implementing the unlawful changes to employee pensions, health care, and disability benefits.

Water District Splits Course on Retiree Health Charge, Union Insists Vested Rights Cannot Be Changed


The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors recently changed their position and decided not to charge retired employees 15% of their healthcare premium, but only for some employees.

San Jose’s Illegal Measure B


$650M San Jose Pension Projection "Unsupported"

The State Auditor released an evaluation today (August 21, 2012) reporting that San Jose leaders embellished future employee pension costs.

In March of this year, on a bipartisan vote, the members of the state Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved a requested state audit of the city of San Jose’s pension obligations.  The audit looked into the $650 million pension cost figure the Mayor and City Manager used to build voter support for pension reform and Measure B. 

San Jose Members Fight for a Voice in the June Election


Over the past year, San Jose members have been inundated with attacks from Mayor Chuck Reed and the City Council. It’s our time to fight back! Local 21 members are working hard to defeat Measure B, an initiative designed to dramatically reduce retirement benefits, and campaigning for a solid majority on the City Council so that attacks on city employees will stop.

A letter to AEA, AMSP and CAMP members


As you have no doubt noticed the last several years, the political climate in San Jose has been heavily dominated if not outright controlled by a well orchestrated and disciplined cadre of politicians and their backers with a singular message. Read more.

San Jose Member Key in BART Extension to San Jose


When employees and political leaders broke ground this April on the BART-to-San Jose extension, City of San Jose Association of Engineers and Architects (AEA) member Henry Servin began to realize that the end of decades of work was in sight. In the 1970s, a teenage Henry envisioned BART’s presence: it would bring fast, convenient, environmentally friendly transportation to the South Bay. This dream propelled him to study engineering in college. 

SCVWD Engineers Society, Professional Managers Association Support Bike to Work Day


The Local 21 Professional Managers Association (PMA) and the Engineers Society (ES) at the Santa Clara Valley Water District are proud to sponsor the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s Bike to Work Day 2012. On May 10, commuters are encouraged to leave their cars at home and join the tens of thousands of Bay Area residents biking to work.

South Bay Leaders Attend COPE Dinner


Local 21 sponsored a table at the South Bay Labor Council’s annual COPE Awards Dinner on April 21. Social policy leader Van Jones gave the keynote address about the “posthope” era, describing the political climate in America as needing more than people to “vote and hope.” He noted, “They need to vote and organize and lead and fight.”