Contra Costa County

Local 21’s Contra Costa County chapter has passed 93% membership; we are engineers, planners, administrators, accountants, librarians, health services professionals, and more! We are supervisors, managers, and specialists and we are PROUD to choose Union!

Chapter News and Events

Union Representative Dons Another Cap: School Board Member


As if this hard-charging union organizer and negotiator didn’t have enough on his plate, Jonathan T. Wright, Local 21's lead staff representative in Contra Costa County, is taking on another responsibility: school board member. On Feb. 1, the married, 35-year-old Wright was sworn in as the newest member of the Martinez Unified School District Board. In some ways it’s a post Wright has been groomed for his entire life.

Early Preparations for 2016 Contract Negotiations Underway


Just three months after wrapping up health care negotiations in coalition with other County unions, full contract bargaining is once again on the horizon. We have already begun early preparations for negotiations, kicking the Local 21 Bargaining Team nominations at our October chapter meeting.

Ten members representing a variety of County departments have since been nominated, including those with prior bargaining experience and a number of members stepping up to serve for the first time.  Representing a full team, these members include:

Scott Hutchinson - Sheriff

The Bargaining Team Needs Your Help: Join Our CAT


As the Bargaining Team prepares for contract negotiations in 2016, it will be essential to support their efforts by developing an integrated field campaign that engages members and puts pressure on the County Negotiator to bargain in good faith and address our priorities at the table.  This is where member participation and leadership on the Local 21 Contract Action Team (CAT) comes in. The CAT will begin meeting early in the new year to begin planning how we are going to succeed in negotiating a new contract. All dues paying members are encouraged to participate.

L21 Enters Settlement Discussions Over County Unfair Practice


Local 21 is currently in settlement discussions with County representatives over an unfair labor practice charge filed against the County with the Public Employee Relations Board.  The unfair labor practice charge is derived from the County’s historic abuse of temporary upgrades, with some temporary appointments lasting for years without ever attempting to fill vacant positions on a permanent basis.  The County’s practices in this regard have led to violations of the merit rules as well as the erosion of the bargaining unit.  As a result, the union filed an unfair labor practice charge that

Executive Board Update


The Chapter Executive Board is losing another valued and long-term member. Stanley Lawrence, Chapter Secretary, has accepted an exciting new position with the Auditor-Controller’s Office in San Joaquin County and he will be sorely missed.

Contra Costa Health Care Coalition Signs TA


The Contra Costa Health Care Coalition has signed a Side Letter Agreement with the County. It was ratified by the membership on Oct 5, 2015 and approved by the Board of Supervisors Oct 6. The agreement will take effect January 1, 2016.


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Healthcare Negotiations Enter a Critical Phase


With open enrollment around the corner, the Contra Costa Health Care Coalition – representing IFPTE Local 21, AFSCME 2700, AFSCME 512, SEIU 1021, and the Western Council of Engineers – remains committed to negotiating a fair and reasonable agreement with the County over health care.  Negotiations have entered a critical phase.

Contra Costa County Steward Margie Valdez


Contra Costa County Chief Steward at Local 21 works as a Supervising Engineering Technician in the Maintenance division for the County’s Department of Public Works. Currently, she manages safety training and other kinds of on-the-job skills training.  She has served L21 as chief steward for over three years now.

Labor Mural Graces Contra Costa County Office


Going back to the Works Project Administration era, a WPA-style labor mural designed by two-person artist team graces one wall at the Local 21’s Martinez office. The artists have previously been commissioned to paint murals on businesses and historical sites for the City of Hayward and other places.  

Contra Costa Bargaining Update


The Contra Costa Health Care Coalition Bargaining Team met with the County Negotiator on Thursday, June 11, in what was one of the most significant bargaining sessions to date.
The County initially provided some information in response to an earlier request for cost estimates based on some hypothetical plan design changes.