East Bay

Member Wins Seat on San Leandro Successor Agency Oversight Board


Earlier this week, Local 21 member Steve Hernandez was appointed to the City of San Leandro’s Successor Agency Oversight Board, which is responsible for overseeing the City’s activities as it absorbs certain Redevelopment functions.

Richmond chapter Leader, Pat Marra Passes Away


Pat Marra lost her battle with cancer on May 17, 2012. Pat served as the President for the Richmond chapter for two terms, and was most recently serving as the chapter’s Vice President. She was a great leader and was known for letting everyone know about her Brooklyn roots. Pat will truly be missed.

Richmond Members Extend Contract, Preserve Jobs


Local 21 members working for the City of Richmond voted to extend their contract for one year. The group’s MOU was originally set to expire in June, but will be rolled over with all terms, wages, and benefits preserved. Additionally, if SEIU, the other large non-safety unit in the City, negotiates any improvements in their contract Local 21 will automatically get the same improvement. Members also voted to enact a holiday closure for 2012.

Local 21 Remembers Port of Oakland Leader, Skip Conrad


Local 21 was saddened to hear about the passing of the Port of Oakland Chapter’s newly elected chapter President, Marcel “Skip” Conrad III (1948 - 2012). Skip lost his courageous battle to pancreatic cancer on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Local 21 extends our condolences to the Conrad family as we honor his valuable leadership and contributions.

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.


Lawrence Livermore Lab Move Means More Jobs, Revenue for Richmond


Last week, University of California announced that Richmond’s 120-acre Field Station would be the new site for an extension of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Scheduled to open in 2016, this will mean hundreds of high-paying jobs coming to the City of Richmond.

Major Win at Berkeley Schools


The Berkeley Unified School District chapter won a significant arbitration case this month. The chapter filed a grievance, which was based on a “me too” clause in the current MOU that the employer was refusing to honor. The clause states that any raise that is given to a bargaining unit in the District would also be given to Local 21. 

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.

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!