For Immediate Release
Press Contact IFPTE Local 21:
Jennifer Li (917) 573-1488
Jessica Bowker (415) 260-6073
Local 21 member Anna Roche said, “We, as public servants, develop the policies that are protecting residents from critical issues like sea level rise due to the climate crisis. It’s important that people working on issues like the climate crisis are public workers, because we have the public’s interests at heart. The Janus v. AFSCME decision is attempting to weaken the public sector and silence our voices. We are not going to let that happen – too much is at stake.” Anna is a Climate Change Project Manager and has worked for the City of San Francisco for 18 years.
Corporate CEO-funded front groups have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to divide and conquer working people. But what they still don’t understand is that our strength in numbers can, and will, defeat their millions of dollars.
IFPTE Local 21 Executive Director Debra Grabelle commented, “We believe that working people intrinsically know the answer to this question: Who is on your side – corporate billionaires, or unions made up of your fellow working Americans?”
This case isn’t just about union membership and dues; it’s about withering away our ability to collectively fight for public services, better wages, pensions, and health care.
“Local 21 members understand the importance of public sector unions; we just recently reached 91% union membership,” said Local 21 President Gus Vallejo.
IFPTE Local 21 represents nearly 11,000 Bay Area public sector workers.