International Convention Notice


Official notice of the election of the Local 21 delegates to our International Union’s triennial convention is being mailed to all members next week.

At the January 19, 2012, meeting of the Local 21 Executive Committee, officers voted to send up to fifteen Local 21 delegates to the 57th Convention of the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers scheduled for July 16-19, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Watch out for Local 21's Quarterly Magazine, Twenty One


Our Union's quarterly publication is hot off the press and on its way to your mailbox! The Winter 2012 issue of Twenty One focuses on members’ efforts to take a stand at the bargaining table in the midst of difficult bargaining environments across the Union.

Join Us! Delegate Assembly at Oakland Marriott, January 28


The next Delegate Assembly will be Saturday, January 28 at the Downtown Oakland Marriott. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 am, and the Assembly starts at 9 am.

Sandre Swanson Editorial: True pension reform can only occur at bargaining table


During this holiday season of giving, it is somewhat ironic that the public policy debate that has dominated the headlines has focused instead on eliminating retirement security for California's middle class. In recent weeks, there has been much discussion (including a joint legislative hearing) about the specific elements contained in Gov. Jerry Brown's pension reform proposals.

Questions and Answers About Local 21’s Support for the Occupy Wall Street Movement


Has Local 21 supported the Occupy Wall Street movement?

Yes, the Executive Committee unanimously adopted and published a statement expressing broad support for the Occupy Wall Street movement (see accompanying article on “Why We Support the Occupy Wall Street Movement”.

Has Local 21 supported any specific encampment, like Occupy Oakland?

No, there has been no endorsement or formal participation in any particular encampment.

Has Local 21 spent dues money to support the Occupy movement?

Why We Support the Occupy Wall Street Movement


Our Standard of Living is Under Attack

For the past four years, our members have fought to maintain our wages, benefits and working conditions in the face of repeated attacks by our employers. In many jurisdictions, we have been forced to make significant concessions in the form of unpaid furloughs, increases in pension contributions, greater costs for medical benefits, two-tier pension plans, and other reductions in our standard of living.

Union Benefit: Student Scholarships, $500-$4,000


The Union Plus scholarship program is preparing to accept scholarship applications for 2012. Children, step children, spouses, and dependents of Local 21 members are eligible to apply.

Save the Date! 2012 Delegate Assembly Schedule


  • January 28, 2012: Oakland Marriot Hotel, Oakland
  • June 9, 2012: Hotel Whitcomb, San Francisco

Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30am. Assemblies start at 9am and conclude by 1pm. Details will be sent in advance of each meeting.

Local 21 Members Occupy Oakland, Participate in Day of Action


Local 21 members protested peacefully and marched on banks to show their support for Occupy Oakland and the November 2 Day of Action. Many members from chapters around the Bay Area took the day off work to take part in events, including a noontime march that went to several downtown banks, and an evening cook-out which fed close to 4,000 protestors, and was organized by the Alameda County Labor Council and supported by Local 21.

Statement of IFPTE Local 21 in Support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement


At the October 20 Executive Committee meeting the EC voted to approve the following resolution in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  

 The Occupy Wall Street protests, and the actions they have inspired across the country and throughout the world, have focused attention on the obscene concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a small minority.  Through the simple statement – “we are the 99 percent” – Occupy Wall Street and its offshoots have zeroed in on the heart of the crisis that we are experiencing today.