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February 2017

DC Lawmakers tell Local 21 Members: Make More Noise!

That was the message from Bay Area members of Congress to Local 21 at our International Union's Legislative Conference in Washington DC earlier this month.

More than 100 IFPTE member leaders from throughout the United States and Canada attended the conference including Local 21 leaders Renée Sykes, Dean Coate, Larry Griffin, Moses Corrette and Carletta Starks. Rachel Richman, Policy and Political Director for Local 21 participated in a panel on the impact of proposed federal changes on local unions. Delegates applauded after learning about Local 21's early activism.

Our delegation met with Sen. Diane Feinstein, staff to Sen. Kamala Harris, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. They said that the sheer number of phone calls, letters, emails, and attendance at local town hall meetings was definitely having an impact on federal proposals. We were strongly encouraged to be more active on issues of importance to our members and the communities we serve.
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Local 21 Everyday Heroes Respond to San Jose Flood

As thousands of South Bay residents evacuated neighborhoods during heavy rain and flooding, Local 21 members prepared for the storm, kept the region updated, sheltered those affected, and repaired communities afterward.
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New IFPTE Local 21 Immigration Resource Page!

Many of our members are immigrants themselves, or have family members and friends who are affected. We commit to informing Local 21’s membership on these issues. We have launched a new immigration resource page on our website to provide updates and resources for immigrants affected by prejudiced policies coming from the Federal government.
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Local 21 Members are Making Racial Equity a Priority

Local 21 members are participating in yearlong trainings on advancing Racial Equity in government. "Workplace fairness and effectiveness today require clearer, measurable race, gender, and broader equity lenses," said Moises Montoya.
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Show us the Facts on Health Costs

It was standing room only at the state hearing in San Francisco on transparency in health care costs earlier this month.  Because Local 21 challenged the rate increase proposed by Kaiser to the City of San Francisco a few years ago, the union was invited to present testimony on the importance of access to data.

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