Point of view: Put your money where your mouth is


Local 21 President

Last month, in the Supreme Court decision Harris v Quinn, labor dodged a bullet, avoiding the loss of fair-share fees by the narrowest of margins – in the form of one elderly, black-robed justice.  And the loss of fair-share fees would, at the least, have produced serious complications for public employee unions, which currently represent the most appreciable sign of life in the labor movement.

Parting Words: For Mary Marzotto, it’s all about growing the union


On the eve of her July 1 retirement, San Francisco Vice-President Mary Marzotto reflected on her most memorable moments at Local 21.

Legislative Watch


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The Legislature is enjoying its now annual summer recess thanks to Prop 25 and a majority vote budget.  Gone are the days of holdout minority party votes and long, hot summer months with no budget.  This year’s fiscal plan was adopted on time and even restored some of the cuts from years past.  The courts got a little more money, public transit received a boost in funding from new cap and trade rules, and local governments got an increase for things like street repair, housing, and law enforcement.

Angela Alioto meets Local 21 members at lunch honoring campaign fund donors


Former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Angela Alioto, was on hand at a special luncheon to honor activists involved inLocal 21’s TJ Anthony Fund for Political Action on July 8.  

Alioto discussed her work in San Francisco politics and her father Joseph Alioto’s time as mayor of San Francisco (1968-1976).

Since leaving the Board of Supervisors, Alioto has been practicing employment, civil rights and anti-discrimination law.  Alioto won the largest Civil Rights verdict in the history of the United States in 2001, against IBC/Wonder Bread for $135 million.

Have you seen our Flickr page?


Local 21 has updated our Flickr page, which includes photos of our members from all over—from the South Bay to Oakland. New photos are being added all the time! Take a look at our Flickr page here.

PAC supporters, first-time donors recognized


We succeeded in many key elections on June 6 thanks to the generosity of the more than 400 Local 21 members who donate to the TJ Anthony Fund for Political Action PAC.  The money donated by members made it possible to make contributions to our endorsed candidates and reach out to voters about the election. 

This November will feature key races in Richmond, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and other jurisdictions where Local 21 represents workers. 

Supreme Court limits public employee unions’ rights


On June 30, in a 5-4 decision (with Justice Alito writing the decision for the majority), the U.S. Supreme Court has struck a blow to our brothers and sisters in the labor movement in their attempts to represent home healthcare workers in Illinois (and with this decision, all states in the country).

Bob Britton, Mary Marzotto honored at their retirements


At the June 14 Delegate Assembly, two retiring leaders of Local 21 were honored for their service and their vision. Bob Britton, Field Services Director, and Mary Marzotto, San Francisco Chapter Vice President, took time recently to reflect on their years with the local.
Below are some quotes from their interviews, which will appear in their entirety in future Local 21 publications.

Mary Marzotto

Volunteers needed to serve on Nominating Committee


We are looking for a few more volunteers to serve on the Nominating Committee for the Local Union Officer election.  

The Nominating Committee will be appointed at the July 17 Executive Committee meeting. Nominating Committee members should expect to spend between 15-20 hours in completing the committee’s work. This will include 2-3 meetings, conference calls, and outreach calls to possible nominees. Committee meetings will likely be held at lunchtime or immediately following work. See below for the section from the bylaws