Sandre Swanson Editorial: True pension reform can only occur at bargaining table


During this holiday season of giving, it is somewhat ironic that the public policy debate that has dominated the headlines has focused instead on eliminating retirement security for California's middle class. In recent weeks, there has been much discussion (including a joint legislative hearing) about the specific elements contained in Gov. Jerry Brown's pension reform proposals.

Questions and Answers About Local 21’s Support for the Occupy Wall Street Movement


Has Local 21 supported the Occupy Wall Street movement?

Yes, the Executive Committee unanimously adopted and published a statement expressing broad support for the Occupy Wall Street movement (see accompanying article on “Why We Support the Occupy Wall Street Movement”.

Has Local 21 supported any specific encampment, like Occupy Oakland?

No, there has been no endorsement or formal participation in any particular encampment.

Has Local 21 spent dues money to support the Occupy movement?

Why We Support the Occupy Wall Street Movement


Our Standard of Living is Under Attack

For the past four years, our members have fought to maintain our wages, benefits and working conditions in the face of repeated attacks by our employers. In many jurisdictions, we have been forced to make significant concessions in the form of unpaid furloughs, increases in pension contributions, greater costs for medical benefits, two-tier pension plans, and other reductions in our standard of living.

Union Benefit: Student Scholarships, $500-$4,000


The Union Plus scholarship program is preparing to accept scholarship applications for 2012. Children, step children, spouses, and dependents of Local 21 members are eligible to apply.

Save the Date! 2012 Delegate Assembly Schedule


  • January 28, 2012: Oakland Marriot Hotel, Oakland
  • June 9, 2012: Hotel Whitcomb, San Francisco

Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30am. Assemblies start at 9am and conclude by 1pm. Details will be sent in advance of each meeting.

Local 21 Members Occupy Oakland, Participate in Day of Action


Local 21 members protested peacefully and marched on banks to show their support for Occupy Oakland and the November 2 Day of Action. Many members from chapters around the Bay Area took the day off work to take part in events, including a noontime march that went to several downtown banks, and an evening cook-out which fed close to 4,000 protestors, and was organized by the Alameda County Labor Council and supported by Local 21.

Statement of IFPTE Local 21 in Support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement


At the October 20 Executive Committee meeting the EC voted to approve the following resolution in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  

 The Occupy Wall Street protests, and the actions they have inspired across the country and throughout the world, have focused attention on the obscene concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a small minority.  Through the simple statement – “we are the 99 percent” – Occupy Wall Street and its offshoots have zeroed in on the heart of the crisis that we are experiencing today.  

Union Responds to Proposed GASB Changes in Pension Accounting and Financial Reporting


The Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has proposed new standards for Pension Accounting and Financial Reporting, which will affect how public agencies report their financial obligations and liabilities regarding pensions.

Labor activists use comedy to fight budget cuts in New York City


By Costas Panayotakis, a New York City labor activist with the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the faculty union at the City University of New York. Re-posted from CLENCHNER ON WED OCT 12, 2011.

Delegates Explore Strategies for Mobilizing Membership, Challenges Ahead


On Saturday, September 17, 2011, more than 100 Local 21 Delegates attended our Union's Delegate Assembly at the Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco. The Assembly began with Local 21 retirees Larry Wong and John Allen being honored for their role as TJ Anthony Political Action Fund Heroes. Both Wong and Allen have been instrumental in growing our Union’s political action fund and in relaying the importance of giving to the fund to their colleagues.