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Local 21 members working for the City of San Francisco made the difficult choice during the Great Recession to help the City they work for and love. They agreed to wage cuts...
LOST EDGE Video Viewing
Stop by the Local 21 San Jose office at 4:30 p.m. June 25 to be one of the first to see "LOST EDGE: Restoring San Jose's Competitive Advantage," a video...
Golden Gate Labor Coalition members show their strength!
Over 50 members of the unions that make up the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition (including Local 21) gathered at the Bridge District office Friday morning, July 25....
Affordable Healthcare is a Right
The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors are undercutting the core principles of the Affordable Care Act and the Democratic Party.
A San Francisco For Everyone
These Local 21 members represent more than 4,000 city employees who are helping to build a beautiful, sustainable and more vibrant San Francisco. The movie A San...
Volunteer for Victory
Help elect Leaders to the San Jose City Council who will care about all residents, and who won't play politics with workers and services in the crosshairs. This is our...
Local 21 News

From the South Bay to Hayward… A season of victories for Local 21 members

07/31/2014

Just six months ago, Local 21 was in the process of bargaining for more than 70% of our members from various jurisdictions at one time. And although the wage settlement numbers (4% in CCC; San Jose and San Francisco in the 3’s) indicate that we’re doing better on the economic front, it’s not getting easier for unions.

And with Supreme Court decision Harris V Quinn in late June—which struck a blow, though not a serious one—to the movement—it’s clear that we need to continue to rise to the challenge and the pressures that we face in today’s political environment.

Parting Words: It’s been a rewarding career for Bob Britton

07/31/2014

On July 1, longtime Local 21 Field Services Director Bob Britton retired after 16 years of service to the local (along with many more years working in the labor movement). Before he left, Bob took some time to answer the following questions and offered some insight on what makes our membership unique, as well as his take on the future of unions in general.

TWENTY-ONE: Many people working in the labor movement take various paths in their journey to get there. What path led you to your calling?

Point of view: Put your money where your mouth is

07/31/2014

By DEAN COATE
Local 21 President

Last month, in the Supreme Court decision Harris v Quinn, labor dodged a bullet, avoiding the loss of fair-share fees by the narrowest of margins – in the form of one elderly, black-robed justice.  And the loss of fair-share fees would, at the least, have produced serious complications for public employee unions, which currently represent the most appreciable sign of life in the labor movement.