South Bay

City of San Jose Engineers and Architects Recent Contract Agreement Includes Modest Pay Restoration


On Wednesday, September 25 San Jose's Association of Engineers and Architects (AEA) reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with the City of San Jose.  After six months of negotiating, the deal would provide Members a 2 percent salary restoration which would represent a good first step in recovering the 10 percent wage concessions our Members had contributed in the past.  The TA also includes a signing bonus equal to the 2 percent salary increase the City gave retroactive to June to the other Unions who had settled previously.  The AEA Bargaining Team also won:

Two San Jose Chapters Ratify First Full Contracts


Local 21's two management units in the City of San Jose took a huge step in furthering the protections and procedures for their membership by overwhelmingly ratifying their first full contracts. Voting was held at three different locations over a four-day period.  The City Council approved the MOUs this week.

Local 21 Candidate Chavez Wins Santa Clara County Supervisor Race


Residents overwhelmingly voted to elect Local 21's endorsed candidate Cindy Chavez to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.  Chavez received 55.55% of the vote with a 10 point lead over her opponent in the July 30 special election. 

This was a major defeat for San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and his compatriots in the Chamber of Commerce and Republican party, who endorsed Chavez's opponent.  Chavez brings a strong mix of experience and community involvement to the Board, which is imperative to tackle the financial challenges the County faces.

South Bay Members Celebrate Summer


Nearly 200 Members from Local 21's seven South Bay Chapters rang in the summer at the 6th Annual South Bay BBQ.  Members were treated to tri-tip, chicken sausages, portabella mushrooms, raffle prizes and other picnic goodies.  For the first time in several years, members could celebrate the successful negotiation of contracts, including small pay raises in the City of San Jose.

San Jose Members Overwhelmingly Ratify Retiree Healthcare Agreement


Our three San Jose bargaining units voted overwhelmingly to accept the recently negotiated agreement over retiree healthcare.

The agreement was a compromise on both sides and creates an opportunity to work together moving forward on solving a major issue for our members, as well as the City.

Components of the agreement include:

Transportation Authority Engineers and Architects Make Strides at the Bargaining Table


Our chapter at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is bargaining a new contract, and negotiations have been positive so far.

Labor Candidate Cindy Chavez Leads Santa Clara County Supervisor Race


Local 21's endorsed candidate, Cindy Chavez, made a strong first-place showing in a six-way race for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 2. Voter turnout for the Special Election on June 4 was 17 percent, and Chavez earned 41 percent of the vote.

6th Annual South Bay BBQ Set for July 18


Celebrate the summer with fellow Local 21 Members and catch up with colleagues while enjoying homemade BBQ treats like tri-tip and veggies. We’ll have a raffle and ice cream! Remember to RSVP to your chapter leader.

Santa Clara Valley Water District Member Appointed to Citizens’ Committee


Long-time water resources professional Scott Akin was recently appointed to the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Citizens Advisory Committee.

Union Wins Sick Leave Payout Suit Against San Jose


In an important and far-reaching decision, a Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Labor and found that the City of San Jose cannot unilaterally, retroactively eliminate Sick Leave payouts for employees who have a vested right to such deferred compensation.