East Bay

City of Richmond Agrees to Rescind Concessions After Revenue Windfall


Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay called an emergency meeting with city unions to discuss the City’s $2.9 million deficit. When we met with Lindsey, he explained the City recently learned that it would see an increase in revenue from property taxes, resulting in a $2.9 million windfall for the City and the exact amount needed to eliminate the deficit.

Retired Contra Costa Water District Leader, Bob Langston Passes Away


Retired Contra Costa Water District member and Local 21 leader Bob Langston passed away last month after a brief illness. He worked at the District from 1997 to 2007 as an Administrative Analyst.

Union Finds Port of Oakland's Call for Cuts Unmerited


On Thursday, August 16 Local 21 presented its analysis of the Port of Oakland’s current finances and fiscal outlook. Local 21 members are currently bargaining a new contract at the Port and are faced with demands for 9% in concessions, despite the Port’s inability to justify concessions given its own improving revenue projections.

After conducting our analysis, we found that the Port’s demands for cuts are entirely unmerited, and that the Port can afford to provide our members with a 3.2% cost of living increase and still meet its financial obligations.

Local 21 Port Financial Condition and Budgetary Review Released


On Thursday August 16th, IFPTE Local 21 presented our detailed “Financial Condition and Budgetary Review” to the Port Board of Commissioners.
After a thorough review of the Port of Oakland’s finances and financial history, we have determined that:

The Port Has Achieved Financial Recovery

Member Wins Seat on San Leandro Successor Agency Oversight Board


Earlier this week, Local 21 member Steve Hernandez was appointed to the City of San Leandro’s Successor Agency Oversight Board, which is responsible for overseeing the City’s activities as it absorbs certain Redevelopment functions.

Richmond chapter Leader, Pat Marra Passes Away


Pat Marra lost her battle with cancer on May 17, 2012. Pat served as the President for the Richmond chapter for two terms, and was most recently serving as the chapter’s Vice President. She was a great leader and was known for letting everyone know about her Brooklyn roots. Pat will truly be missed.

Richmond Members Extend Contract, Preserve Jobs


Local 21 members working for the City of Richmond voted to extend their contract for one year. The group’s MOU was originally set to expire in June, but will be rolled over with all terms, wages, and benefits preserved. Additionally, if SEIU, the other large non-safety unit in the City, negotiates any improvements in their contract Local 21 will automatically get the same improvement. Members also voted to enact a holiday closure for 2012.