Affiliating With Local 21

IFPTE Local 21 is excited that the City of Santa Clara Employee Association is considering affiliating with our union. Affiliating with IFPTE Local 21 means bringing in the resources, staff, and experience necessary to win big for yourselves. Below is information about our union, and why we think City of Santa Clara employees would benefit from affiliating with our vision. If you have further questions or want to support affiliating with IFPTE Local 21, contact

Our history and mission

Local 21 is an innovative, growing union of over 11,000 professional, supervisory, and managerial government employees in major jurisdictions throughout the Bay Area. Our union is a democratic, member-based organization that helps public sector workers raise wages, benefits, working conditions, and advocate over public policies that impact our professions and communities. 

We are dedicated to serving the public and championing our community. The public has a stake in well-run government that employs the most talented and dedicated staff we can attract. Our interests are the public’s interest.

The Local 21 Difference in Wages

What is IFPTE Local 21?

IFPTE Local 21 represents over 11,000 public sector professionals, all working in key local government positions around the Bay Area. We understand the role that public servants play in carrying out the missions of city departments and agencies. We are dedicated to serving the public and championing our community.

We fight for the things public workers care about:


What is a union?

Unions are workers who stand together to bargain with their bosses for better pay, safer working conditions, and good benefits. Individually, workers don’t have much power in the workplace. But when we act collectively, we have a seat at the table and can influence our employers.

We provide comprehensive support in enforcing contracts, increasing bargaining power, and negotiating at the table.

Frequently Asked Questions

A union is affiliated with the AFL-CIO and has more resources than an employee association. 

Local 21 staff can provide organizational support to your chapter, and that includes trainings on leadership development, how to become a steward, bargaining negotiations, and more. 

Union dues are 0.96%. 

Contact us for more information