4% Pay Raise Arrives!


Retroactive pay raise to come in December

Oakland Local 21 members had a pleasant surprise for Thanksgiving. They saw their new 4% pay raise reflected on their last pay stubs dated Nov. 25. 

The Union has fought long and hard to make sure the City honors its commitment toward public workers. In keeping with its promise, the City applied the pay raise to the last pay period-- a tangible result of how L21’s 6 months of hard bargaining paid off in a new two-year contract won for and by Oakland members.

$1100 Revenue Sharing Payment in February 2016


Local 21 fought hard for our Oakland members to see the benefits of the City of Oakland’s economic upswing in the form of a one-time $1100 revenue sharing payment to be disbursed two months from now.

The City’s 4th quarter $11 million surplus in the FY 2014-2015 General Purpose Fund triggers the revenue sharing payout to be paid out in full by February 2016.  

Updates and Review of L21 Job Classifications


For the past two years, the Union and the City have been meeting and conferring to review and update job specs. To date, both parties have made updates to approximately 40 job classifications.  Some of these job specs have not been updated since the 1990’s.

Incumbents are provided the opportunity to give input on the proposed changes.  Once the changes are made, the amended job specs are then submitted to the Civil Service Board for review and approval.  All job specs reviewed by the Union so far have been approved by the Civil Service Board for implementation.

What Members Should Know about Performance Appraisals


Our Oakland Local 21 contract gives represented permanent City employees the right to a yearly performance appraisal.

As a rule, members’ annual  performance appraisals are due on April 30th.  Now is the time for the process to begin.

Members should soon be receiving employee questionnaires.  These questionnaires are used as a reference/guide before the final written performance appraisal is submitted in April. Members should be meeting with their supervisors before the final appraisal is completed. 

Oakland Local 21 Contract Settlement Reached!


After six months of difficult bargaining, and more than fifty (50) all-day bargaining sessions, Local 21 and Oakland City negotiators have reached a TENTATIVE AGREEMENT (TA) with the City on a new two year contract covering Local 21 represented Oakland members. 

Oakland Wins One for Local Government Transparency


It is official. Last week, a judge ordered the balconies in the City Hall chamber reopened for the public to access, just in time to allow maximum public participation in the final budget hearings in Oakland. This was because your union stood up for transparency and open government. 

Local 21 Joins MayDay Rallies in Oakland


Local 21 in collaboration with SEIU 1021 had a successful May Day event on May 1st in the City of Oakland.  We had over 170 members in attendance and we were later joined by ILWU and  #Blacklivesmatters.

Cesar Chavez Celebration


March 31st is Cesar Chavez’s birthday and in the state of California, it is an official holiday. Here in Oakland, Local 21 again sponsored a Cesar Chavez Celebration to remember and honor his work. Juanita Velasquez and her crew of amazing volunteers helped coordinate this very special event.

Minimum Wage Victory Celebration in Oakland


In November, Oakland voters overwhelmingly voted to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 an hour starting March 1. Local 21 was proud to support this measure and campaign for its passage. It means a long overdue raise for tens of thousands of low-wage workers in fast food, health care, and even some City of Oakland workers.