BREAKING: CCC Board of Sups Passes Pro-Union Resolution

BREAKING: Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Passes Resolution Supporting the Freedom of Employees to Join Together in Strong Unions
“Our County values the vital role that unions have played in raising wages and improving benefits for working families. That’s why we unanimously supported a resolution to support the freedom of all employees to exercise their voice through joining together in strong unions and to work with our unions to address the negative impacts of the Janus Decision."

 John Gioia, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, District 1

For many months, Local 21 has reported to members about the Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31 U.S. Supreme Court case (due to be decided tomorrow morning) and how it is a direct threat to Local 21 members’ careers and all public sector employees’ rights and voice in the workplace.
Janus vs. AFSCME:  What Does It Mean for Us?
Today, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors made clear where they stand on this important issue for Local 21 members. In a historic vote, the members of the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution No. 2018/233 in support of the public sector unions in Contra Costa County to ensure their health and success; and supporting the freedom of Contra Costa employees to participate in strong unions following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.
Local 21 has known all along that the Janus vs. AFSCME U.S. Supreme Court case was simply an attack on working families meant to weaken public employee unions and our collective voice on the job.
“What I’ve been asking all Local 21 members to do is ask themselves -- WHY would the Koch Brothers and other big business special interests be funneling literally millions of dollars into this court case. The answer is simple – they want to weaken our voice and our unions so they can contract-out our jobs, cut our wages and benefits to pay less in taxes, and cripple our public pension systems so they can put us all into riskier 401Ks.

Sue Guest, Contra Costa County Public Health Nurse Program Manager and President of the Contra Costa County Chapter of IFPTE Local 21.


The good news is the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus vs. AFSCME cannot weaken us if we don’t let it. Ever since we started educating Local 21 members about the Janus vs. AFSCME case, our union membership rate has grown. In Contra Costa County, Local 21 has gone from 84% union membership to 93% union membership since January 2018. We’ve also signed up nearly 60% of current members on the new Union Membership Gold Card. Let’s send a strong statement that Contra Costa County managers, supervisors, and professionals are standing together and refuse to be weakened by the big business special interests fueling the Janus vs. AFSCME case...If you haven’t done so yet, please join your colleagues and Sign the Local 21 Gold (Membership) Card Today!
IFPTE Local 21 wishes to thank the members of the Board of Supervisors for their leadership in the face of Janus vs. AFSCME by supporting their workers’ right to join together in strong unions. We also wish to thank Margaret Hanlon-Gradie, Executive Director for Contra Costa County Central Labor Council, as well as our fellow Contra Costa County unions SEIU Local 1021AFSCME Local 2700, and AFSCME Local 512 for helping to lead this effort. When labor and elected officials all work together in support of quality public services, good things happen. Today we proved that by working together, WE ARE STRONGER THAN JANUS.
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