April 16th Rally: Richmond City Workers Show Up in Force!



Introducing Solidarity Tuesdays!
Wear your Local 21 shirt every Tuesday to support
the contract campaign.

Take a picture of yourself and some coworkers rocking your
Local 21 Blue and send to 415.917.5038 or post to your social media with the hashtag #IFPTELocal21 

  April 16th Picket: Richmond City Workers Show Up in Force!



Richmond's IFPTE Local 21 chapter held our second joint rally with SEIU 1021 on Tuesday afternoon, April 16th, chanting "No COLA, No Peace!" to bring attention to City Council's lack of progress in moving to grant members their first Cost of Living Adjustment since 2015. 

"Since we haven't had any COLA for four years while other cities get an average of 3% annually, our salaries are way below average which hurts recruitment and retention. What's more, we are being forced to pick up the extra work of all the vacant positions, leading to burnout and workers looking for employment elsewhere." ---Yolanda Skelton, Senior Accountant with the City of Richmond.

Members held City Center Plaza for more than an hour, drawing even more worker participation than our joint kick-off rally on April 2nd. Says Local 21 Chapter President Dee Karnes, “The momentum is growing as we head into formal contract bargaining. Let's support our bargaining team and keep up the pressure by making the next rally our biggest one yet!”



Your bargaining team held its last prep meeting this week. The first contract negotiating session with the city occurs Monday, April 29th. Let's ramp up for a sustained campaign, and show our union pride!


Contra Costa International Workers' Day to be Held in in Concord May 1st


5:00 pm - Gather at Meadow Homes Park
5:30 pm - March to Todos Santos
6:15 pm - Rally at Todos Santos Plaza

Join Local 21's contingent in Contra Costa's May Day march.
All children and families deserve an affordable and safe place to live. It's time for Concord City Council to TAKE ACTION NOW!
No Concord neighborhood is affordable for families who earn less than $50,000 a year. On this International Workers' Day, let's march to stop unjust evictions and skyrocketing rents.
#KeepFamiliesInConcord #RoofAndRefuge
For more information, please call (925) 771-7320 or keep updated by following Raise the Roof Concord on Facebook!

Local 21 held its second Regional Leadership Academy in Contra Costa County last weekend. Congratulations to Richmond Leader Yvette Williams-Barr (third from right) who represented Richmond's Chapter strongly!



Regional Update: Your fellow Local 21 members in Contra Costa County's Chapter presented at the Board of Supervisors Budget Hearing last week to express the need for union members to be engaged in county planning in the next fiscal year #unionstrong