September 19, 2014
Local 21 members honor one-day strike
at Golden Gate Bridge
Machinists Local 1414 members held an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike against the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District Tuesday, Sept. 16. IFPTE Local 21 members, also part of the Coalition, joined the picket lines and honored the strike.
[Click here to see some great photos of Tuesday’s action].
The one-day strike comes as a result of the District not honoring a retiree healthcare agreement made in 2012. The announcement came Monday afternoon, following another round of negotiations resulting in no settlement.
“We cannot trust the District on healthcare, and this ULP shows why the Machinists and the Coalition will not agree to the healthcare concessions being pushed by the District at the bargaining table,” said Art Gonzalez of Machinists Local 1414.
Traffic at the Bridge was not impacted during Tuesday’s action. However, other unions as part of the Coalition have voted to authorize additional strike actions if negotiations continue to stall.
The Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition includes ferry deckhands and captains; bus servicers and mechanics; bridge ironworkers and inspectors; and construction tradesmen and women. Approximately 450 workers are part of the Labor Coalition.
Go to www.goldengatelabor.com to sign the petition and ask the District to settle with these workers.
ES, PMA members work on award-winning
The Santa Clara Valley Water District recently received an award for advancing water reuse in their community.
recycled water plant
The “Project of the Year, Large” award from the WateReuse Association recognizes the District’s new Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center in north San Jose.
Water District employees who worked on this extraordinary project include ES Members Louise Dion, Pam John, Cong Mai, Tim Nguyen, Gary Ohea, Nancy Pan, and Brandon Ponce; and PMA Members Hossein Ashktorab and Mike Munson.
The Center utilizes three technologies to clean roughly 8 million gallons of water a day sourced from the San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. The water runs through microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light, with the end result arguably matching drinking water quality.
* Local 21 Executive Officer election—Oct. 14 is the deadline for submitting petitions for candidacy.
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Why I Volunteer: John Mukhar
As Local 21 members in the South Bay, Oakland, Contra Costa County and San Francisco gear up for the November election, we’ve asked some of them to tell us why they’re volunteering. Meet John Mukhar.
Job: Senior engineer with the Environmental Services Department; AEA President
Years with City of San Jose: 23
“I’m volunteering for Dave Cortese for Mayor because he’s going to bring a new, positive direction to restore San Jose to its former glory.”
We appreciate AEA's John and Joyce Liu, SCCEAA's Ananth Prasad, AMSP's Joe Pomeroy, Angel Alvarez, Jesse Perez and Steve Contreras for phone banking September 16.
South Bay Members: Next Local 21 volunteering event: THIS Saturday, September 20, precinct walking, pick up packet between 9 and 10 a.m., South Bay Labor Council, 2102 Almaden Road.
Local 21-adopted dates include every TUESDAY night and SATURDAY morning through Election Day.
Click here to view our flier on Local 21's San Jose website, www.NewDirectionSJ.com, and to see more Member profiles.