Local 21’s EBMUD chapter began negotiating a new contract last month, with the first meeting on February 5. Our current contract expires on April 28, and the District seems interested in completing the negotiation process before that date.
The District had four proposals, three of them concessionary. As in many agencies, they are asking for an additional employee pension contribution. They are also proposing the elimination of two holidays, and that the Union and District work collaboratively to address rising healthcare costs.
Representing executive and senior management professionals, the Solano County chapter of Local 21 is set to begin negotiations over its first contract, following a successful organizing drive resulting in a membership rate hovering over 40%. Solano chapter leaders and Local 21 staff expect that number to increase over the coming months as one-on-one contact is intensified, while an inaugural MOU is being negotiated. The goal is to strengthen membership levels internally while the Chapter is negotiating its first contract to increase leverage at the bargaining table.
Retired Contra Costa Water District member and Local 21 leader Bob Langston passed away last month after a brief illness. He worked at the District from 1997 to 2007 as an Administrative Analyst.
On Thursday, August 16 Local 21 presented its analysis of the Port of Oakland’s current finances and fiscal outlook. Local 21 members are currently bargaining a new contract at the Port and are faced with demands for 9% in concessions, despite the Port’s inability to justify concessions given its own improving revenue projections.
After conducting our analysis, we found that the Port’s demands for cuts are entirely unmerited, and that the Port can afford to provide our members with a 3.2% cost of living increase and still meet its financial obligations.