Save The Date! City of Oakland Members Celebrate Cesar Chavez, March 29


City of Oakland members, join us for our annual lunchtime celebration of the life of great labor leader, civil rights, activist and humanitarian, Cesar Chavez: Thursday, March 29 @ Noon @ 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 6th Floor lunchroom. Guest Speaker Josie Camacho, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Alameda Labor Council, will talk to us about the labor movement and the struggle of immigrant workers. In the spirit of Chavez’s legacy of community activism, we are asking members bring non-perishable items to donate to the Alameda County Food Bank.

Loss of Redevelopment Funding Galvanizes Oakland City Unions


In Oakland, the loss of Redevelopment Agency (RDA) funding on February 1 left a $27 million hole in the FY 11/12 budget, affecting over 160 positions fully or partially funded in 11 City departments. In response to this crisis, Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana and her staff revised the budget, cutting jobs and restructuring City agencies. To implement these changes quickly she issued layoff notices to 2,500 non-sworn employees on January 18 with the expectation that layoffs would be effective February 3, 2012, three days after the adoption of the revised budget.

Parking Settlement List


The City is preparing to issue checks to Oakland members in settlement of a grievance over unilateral cancellation of City-paid parking for some employees.   We want to post this list so that members can confirm they are on it - since there is a cap on the total payout, once these checks get cut it's too late for someone to come forward and say "I should have been included". 

Redevelopment Ends, Some Programs Survive


February 1 marked the end of redevelopment for 400 cities and counties in California. The transition for employees represented by Local 21 has been smoother in some places than in others. Here is a brief run down:

San Leandro & Hayward

San Leandro is still determining next steps following the dissolution of Redevelopment. The Union is meeting and conferring with Hayward administrators over the impact of layoffs and bumping.


Oakland VP Jeff Levin Addresses City Council on Closure of Redevelopment


Local 21's Oakland VIce President, Jeff Levin, spoke to the Oakland City Council on January 25, 2012 about the closure and impact of Redevelopment Agencies.

The loss of redevelopment is devastating to the City, and will make it more difficult to promote economic development, transit-oriented smart growth, and affordable housing,  

It is also devastating for our members, who will find themselves unemployed with little more than 24 hours effective notice.

Postpone Dissolution of Redevelopment Agencies: SUPPORT SB 659


Save Jobs, Affordable Housing and Economic Development

As you may know, the CA Supreme Court ruled that the measure to abolish redevelopment was legal and that the bill allowing redevelopment programs to continue in exchange for shifting millions of dollars to the state was unconstitutional. Worse, they ruled that redevelopment agencies should wind down their activities by February 1, just days from now.

November Election Gets Hot, Hot, Hot! More than $1 Billion at Stake in San Francisco and Oakland


With the San Francisco election less than two weeks away, Local 21 is bumping up our work to pass Proposition C for fair retirement changes and to Defeat Proposition D, the retirement rip-off.

Oakland Members Volunteer to Pass Measure I: Parcel Tax to Save Jobs & Services


Oakland members have adopted the Local 21 phone banks to pass Measure I every Wednesday night through November 15. Measure I, a five year temporary parcel tax, will help raise $11 million for public services including parks, libraries, public safety, and senior programs. The $80 per year parcel tax will apply to residential and commercial properties, and low-income residents will be eligible for an exemption.

Local 21 Makes Endorsements for November 2011 Election


Election Day is just around the corner, and many voters will be receiving their vote-by-mail ballots soon. Local 21 is sending each member with a San Francisco or Oakland mailing address on file a palm card listing our Union's endorsements which you can take to the polls with you, or use to fill out your vote-by-mail ballot at home. See a complete list of Local 21 endorsements, or watch out for your palm card in the mail!