East Bay

Contra Costa Water District OPEB Talks Settle


Local 21’s Contra Costa Water District Chapter began a series of informal meetings to discuss the District’s desire for all employees to contribute to an OPEB (other post-employment benefits) trust.

Hayward Declares Fiscal Emergency, Tries to Open Contracts for More Concessions


On May 31, the City of Hayward declared a fiscal emergency, claiming projected deficits of $20-$30 million annually over the next ten years and requesting that all City unions open their contracts to commit to an additional 23% in concessions over the next three years.

City Unions already agreed to $7.9 million in concessions for this fiscal year, and the City has balanced its budget for the year. However, since early this spring, City Manager Fran David has been trying to extract additional concessions, asking the unions to reopen their contracts.

Alameda Labor Council Honors Two Local 21 Members


Local 21 members filled two tables at the Alameda County Labor Council Award Dinner Friday night.  For the second year in a row, Local 21 members were among the honorees. 

Tom Manley, Local 21 Vice President for Legislative & Political Action, was honored for his volunteer political work, spending hundreds of hours phone banking and getting-out-the-vote in support of our candidates. 

East Bay MUD Member Shares the Facts on Pensions


In an April 26 Letter to the Editor, East Bay MUD Local 21 member Joe Young debunked some myths around California public employee pensions.

He pointed out that public employee compensation is in line with the private sector and that pension expenses account for less than 5% of the general fund.

“A 5 percent item in the budget will not bring the state to its knees and is not the cause of all our problems,” wrote Young.

Port of Oakland

We have come to an agreement on every single proposal in this round of negotiations, yet the Port will not sign the final TA’s. Why? Because they want to take-away fundamental union rights from your fellow Local 21 members. Read more about it here.