South Bay

Local 21 Everyday Heroes Respond to San Jose Flood


Late February, as thousands of South Bay residents evacuated neighborhoods during heavy rain and flooding, Local 21 members prepared for the storm, kept the region updated, sheltered those affected, and repaired communities afterward.

Cupertino Scores Contract Campaign Victory


Local 21’s newest chapter, the Cupertino Employees' Association (CEA), is quickly proving itself to be a rising star. Before joining Local 21, CEA’s previous contract had the lowest cost-of-living increases (COLA) amongst all of its neighboring South Bay cities and the some of the worst health coverage for families in the area.

After six months of negotiations, the Local 21/ CEA bargaining team won wage increases and big reductions to healthcare premium costs.

TAEA Negotiates Three-Year MOU


TAEA Members recently voted nearly 80% yes on a new MOU; and the VTA Board of Directors already approved. The proposed three-year deal features 3.5%, 4%, 3% wage increases for the hardworking employees at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

San Jose City Council Votes to Comply With Court Order: Measure B Rescinded


On May 10, San José City Council voted 10-1 to comply with the court order removing all Measure B language from the City Charter and Municipal Code and rescinding the resolution that placed Measure B on the ballot in 2012. Only Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio voted to violate the court order.  Measure B, passed by voters in June 2012, called for Draconian cuts to City workers’ retirement benefits.

Work Begins on Implementing Legal, Sensible Retirement Reform in San Jose


In approving a recently negotiated settlement to San Jose's illegal Measure B, City Councilman Ash Kalra exclaimed, "San Jose's long civic nightmare is over."  In tweaking a famous quote from former President Gerald Ford, Kalra summed up labor's years-long fight with the City of San Jose over worker benefits.  Since pension-cutting Measure B's passage in June 2012, City employee unions and the city have been sparring in superior court and at the state’s Public Employment Relations Board.

CEO of Santa Clara Valley Water District Ousted


Following a Santa Clara County District Attorney investigation, and numerous press reports about mismanagement, Beau Goldie has been forced out as the CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Goldie was a decades-long Water District employee who rose through the ranks, but his tenure as CEO was marked with rancor and hostility toward labor.  Goldie resigned Jan. 14.  The Board will rotate the interim post among chiefs while it searches for a new CEO.

Local 21 Members Approve San Jose Measure B Settlement Tentative Agreement


Our San Jose Members overwhelmingly voted to ratify a framework to settle litigation over the City's contentious, illegal Measure B.  This Settlement Framework is the culmination of exhaustive efforts over the past four years by IFPTE Local 21 and our three chapters: the Association of Engineers and Architects, the Association of Maintenance Supervisory Personnel and the City Association of Management Personnel. 

SJ Police and Fire Reach Measure B Agreement; Door Opens For Federated Talks


What seemed impossible not long ago has become reality as the leaders of the Police Officers Association and the Firefighters Union have reached a Tentative Agreement to settle litigation over San Jose's failed pension Measure B. The TA was authorized by the City Council and both Union's Board of Directors, and resolves the litigation over pension, retiree healthcare, and disability benefits.