Local 21 Victories

Local 21 fights hard everyday to make sure we have good wages, fair working conditions, health benefits for our families, vacation and sick leave, strong pensions, and countless other benefits. Here are some examples of battles we’ve fought, actions we’ve taken, and victories we have achieved this year. Together we are Local 21 and we are strong!

Contract Wins

The contract campaign started off with an employer proposal red lined and littered with concessions. Our members knew that to get a better deal, we needed to stand together to demand a fair contract.
The City's original starting offer was 0% wage increases. By the time IFPTE Local 21 went on a 7-day sympathy strike with SEIU 1021 in December 2017, our members had been working for 6 months with an expired contract, and the City of Oakland was offering Local 21 members 2% increases the first year with no retroactive pay, and 2% in July 2018. The pressure members built through the strike drove the City to move on several key issues, including wages.
We are pleased to announce that after more than a year of bargaining with the District, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) finally reached an agreement and ratified the new contract this month. The members overwhelmingly voted in favor of the new contract with nearly 80% turnout.
Berkeley Unified School District Ratifies Tentative Agreement with Wins on Several Issues
We strengthened contract language on several key issues, including a huge increase in bilingual pay, which will now be $1,200 a year. Bilingual pay was previously based on decades-old antiquated personnel rules. Members were pleased with the Tentative Agreement, and are preparing for full negotiations this spring. The full contract expires in June 2018.
Solano County Members Overwhelmingly Approve Tentative Agreement 
With nearly every member participating, the tentative agreement was ratified with over 97% in favor. The new agreement provides a four percent (4%) base salary increase and a one-time payment in July 2018.
After months of negotiations and member actions the Local 21 SFUSD Bargaining Team has reached a Tentative Agreement with their employer.The three-year deal, retroactive to July 1, 2017, calls for a 3% equity adjustment plus 9% wage increases over three years. The first raise, retro to July 1, 2017, will be more than 6%.
Local 21 Represented Employees Can Look Forward to a 3% Raise on July 1
Local 21 represented San Francisco employees can look forward to a 3% raise on July 1, 2017. And unlike years previous, Local 21 has ensured that the City will not round the raises to the nearest number, thereby ensuring that everyone gets their full raise.
Local 21 Members Overwhelmingly Approve Tentative Extension Agreement, Secure 6% Wage Increases Over 2 Years
Local 21 members voted overwhelmingly to ratify the Tentative Extension Agreement (TEA) in what was the highest number of votes cast on a contract ratification in recent years. 95% of those who cast ballots voted in favor of the Extension Agreement. The Extension Agreement secures 6% raises for CCSF members over 2 years, 3% each year. 


Workplace Policy Issues and Victories

Local 21 Member Cherisse Boland Gets Job Back with Full Back Pay
It has taken almost 3 years, a 13-day arbitration hearing, and hundreds of hours of work and legal counsel, but justice has finally been served for Boland. The arbitrator has sided with Local 21 on all counts, and demanded that Ms. Boland be reinstated to her job- with back pay and full benefits. She will also be provided paid training to refresh her skills.
Sworn officers and civilian staff have very different duties, and their jobs have different requirements. But that hasn’t prevented the Department from trying to impose sworn officer policies onto civilian employees, even when it makes little to no sense. Local 21 contacted the Human Resources (HR) Director and requested to meet and confer on the new policy to discuss the impacts it would have on members.
Every union member has the right to union representation when being questioned by HR or management about potential misconduct. Union representation ensures that you are treated fairly and that the proper processes are followed.
Because of Robin’s advocacy, the restrictive policy that governed the continuation on disabled children 26 and over has been revised. The policy going forward will change for everyone.
Local 21 were apprehensive that the new policy could be used to unfairly discipline employees. We had a Meet and Confer with DHR (Department of Human Resources) to discuss the policy. A Meet and Confer is an obligatory negotiation that occurs when an employer wants to make a change to terms and conditions of employment. When employees are represented by a union, the employer can’t simply make changes at will, and must “meet and confer in good faith” with the union. When workers don’t have a union, employers can impose changes at will.
Almost 2 years ago, Local 21 filed the first of three grievances to try to resolve the myriad of problems with the Employee Development Fund (EDF).  The EDF is a hard-won benefit that Local 21 negotiated to drive investment in member development. The three grievances encompassed several hundred members, and at one point totaled over $100,000 in reimbursements owed. 
Local 21, along with MAA and MEA, filed OSHA complaints after the incident and there is an ongoing investigation in the works.
After several years of pushing the San Francisco Unified School District to convert Local 21 members hired as exempt employees to permanent Civil Service workers, a breakthrough might be on the horizon.
As part of the Tech Hire Agreement, Local 21 negotiated an agreement with the City to create a working group to look at streamlining the existing telecommuting policy. 

A Growing Union, and a Dedicated Leadership

With increasing attacks against workers in the public sector, and coming off a difficult bargaining campaign with the City of Sunnyvale where SEA members hadn’t received a net raise in 5 years, SEA understood that affiliating with IFPTE Local 21 would be the best way to ensure a stronger union.
It’s clear that IFPTE Local 21’s role in the fight against the effects of Janus v. AFSCME, and the ensuing attacks against workers’ rights extends beyond our union. While Local 21 has been a leader in organizing fellow public employee unions around Janus tactics, the real test will be what kind of results we get from our Cards and Conversations campaign.

A Politically Active Union is a Strong Union

Recognizing that public services, labor rights, and social justice are intertwined, Local 21 produced a video highlighting the stories of members who are impacted by various issues like immigration, LGBTQIA equality, and climate change.
We are engineers and scientists, immigrants and parents, women and people of color. We plan cities and make them run. We help families stay together and provide health services to the neediest among us. We make sure there is clean water to drink and safe roadways to travel on. We are entrusted with the public’s well being, and we will not give up in the fight to defend each other. We are Local 21 and we stand united! 
IFPTE Local 21 endorsed and marched in the San Francisco Science March, and fittingly so. Representing over 10,000 public employees in the Bay Area, with professions ranging from civil engineers to chemists, Local 21 members use science every day to do their work on behalf of the public.
From the Bay Area to Washington DC, Local 21 members showed up in full force to support the National Women's Marches on January 21.
A full delegation of Local 21 members marched in Oakland, and there was a Local 21 contingent in San Jose. A small group traveled to Washington, D.C. for the National March, which was endorsed by the AFL – CIO.
After six years of political posturing, legal maneuvers, and settlement talks, San Jose’s catastrophic pension reform battle is finally over.Throughout the fallout from Measure B, Local 21 remained committed to our fight to protect workers’ retirement, which included victories at the Superior Court level and at the state Public Employee Relations Board.
San Jose’s Acrimonious Pension Battle: Coming to an End, or Getting Dragged On by Billionaires? 
A history of the six-year pension battle between anti-worker billionaires and San Jose's employees.
We are happy to announce that Al Casciato has been elected to serve on the San Francisco Retirement Board.
Al winning the Retirement Board election means Local 21 regaining a seat at the table.
This is a huge victory, not only because of the margin (62% to 38%), but because this is the largest turnout in a Retirement Board election in the last 10 years.