Oakland Engineers & Architects

The Oakland Engineers & Architects chapter is made up of Engineers, Architects, and related classifications. We are dedicated to high standards of professionalism in our workplace, and strive to make Oakland safe and beautiful.

Chapter News and Events

Local 21 Joins MayDay Rallies in Oakland


Local 21 in collaboration with SEIU 1021 had a successful May Day event on May 1st in the City of Oakland.  We had over 170 members in attendance and we were later joined by ILWU and  #Blacklivesmatters.

Cesar Chavez Celebration


March 31st is Cesar Chavez’s birthday and in the state of California, it is an official holiday. Here in Oakland, Local 21 again sponsored a Cesar Chavez Celebration to remember and honor his work. Juanita Velasquez and her crew of amazing volunteers helped coordinate this very special event.

Minimum Wage Victory Celebration in Oakland


In November, Oakland voters overwhelmingly voted to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 an hour starting March 1. Local 21 was proud to support this measure and campaign for its passage. It means a long overdue raise for tens of thousands of low-wage workers in fast food, health care, and even some City of Oakland workers.

Report From Oakland: Gearing Up for Negotiations


Our 20-member bargaining team has begun meeting to prepare for upcoming negotiations.  We’ve set a date to open on March 11.  The City team will be led by Renee Mayne, the new Employee Relations director, along with management representatives from various City departments.  This is a departure from the City’s practice the last three negotiations when they used an outside legal team and we are hopeful that this will set a new tone for negotiations.

Local 21 Oakland members encouraged to Celebrate Labor Day at Sept. 1 picnic


Free admission, food and fun for members and their families are on tap for the Labor Day picnic at Alameda Point!

Music and BBQ will be provided; bring blankets, chairs and other picnic items.

 Monday, Sept. 1,
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2700 Saratoga Street, Alameda Point;

 880 North to Broadway to Webster Street Tube

Make a right on Atlantic

Make a right on Main

Make a left on Navy (Guard Shack)


Laid-off Oakland Museum workers set to share in settlement with City


Oakland City Council approved a $3.1 million settlement that covers 21 former city workers, members of Local 21, who lost their jobs after the City turned over the operations of the Oakland Museum of California to a nonprofit three years ago.

Local 21 member Carolyn Rissanen (pictured) was one of 44 employees at the museum who lost their jobs. Some were members of Local 21 and others members of SEIU Local 1021. Those workers who were hired back returned to less pay and worse benefits.

Oakland Employee Honored by Chamber of Commerce


On June 26, Brian Kendall received the Oakland Advocate Award at the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s 108th Annual Meeting.

Tentative Agreements for Oakland Contract


Copies of all Tentative Agreements for the MOU with City of Oakland.  The TAs are prepared with additions to existing contract language marked with underline, and deletions marked with strikeout.   Also included here are the schedule for membership meetings and voting to ratify the agreement, and a bulletin describing the economic settlement and other TAs. Download file.

Oakland Members Call Strike, Shut Down City


Our Oakland chapters called the first strike in their history against the City of Oakland on Monday, July 1. In an inspiring display of unity and power, thousands joined the picket lines and accomplished the goals of shutting down Oakland City government and sending a strong message to the City.