Local 21 Election Newsletter
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Crunch Time: 10 Days and Counting 
“Don't stop at the top”

That's our mantra between now and when the polls close on November 8. We know there's going to be a huge turnout for the Presidential election. Voters should remember to fill out the entire paper ballot, including local elections that are listed after national races.
Many voters are expecting to go into the voting booth or mail their ballots for President and Senator and leave it at that. While that's important, it’s the local ballots that directly affect Local 21 members. That's why Local 21 campaigns are focusing on the "down ballot" races. These are the races to elect City Council members, County Supervisors, and others who will make important decisions about our working conditions, benefits, and advancement opportunities. If union members vote in their best interests, we are well positioned to win.
Last week, members stepped up and reached out to labor friendly voters. They are hitting the phones and walking door to door in San Jose and Contra Costa County. San Francisco Chapters are adopting phone bank nights. Let’s keep it up!


San Jose

The other shoe has dropped and the fight is on! Measure F will fix the pension mess created by former Mayor Chuck Reed and the notorious Measure B. While the measure enjoys broad support from across the political spectrum, including Mayor Sam Liccardo and the South Bay Labor Council, billionaire Munger just dropped $125,000 into the race to defeat it. How are the South Bay chapters responding? Fighting back hard. We are part of a labor coalition that is doing extensive mail and media outreach, but we still need to get the word out. Our City Council candidates, Sergio Jimenez, Helen Chapman, and Sylvia Arenas are in tough races and special interests are throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars in to defeat them. Members have been hitting the phones and the streets in support. We need to ramp it up!  The numbers are trending our way, but the next two weeks will be crucial.
Contra Costa County

Sparks are flying in the Board of Supervisors contest between incumbent Federal Glover and our candidate Annamarie Farias. Mailers sent by special interest groups are falsely claiming endorsements that the incumbent doesn't have and attacking Anamarie for things she didn't do. We have to fight back.

San Francisco

We are supporting Board of Supervisors candidates Kimberly Alvarenga, Sandra Lee Fewer, and Hillary Ronen, along with incumbents Aaron Peskin, London Breed, and Norman Yee.  Big tech and big business are throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the campaign to defeat Fewer, Alvarenga, and Ronen. We can't let that happen.

San Francisco Chapters are adopting special nights at the phone bank. Check with your Chapter President or Rep to find out when your chapter is phone banking.

A big shout out to these chapters who have already stepped up:
  • San Francisco School District: Twice!
  • SF Professional Engineers and SF Technical Engineers: They’re coming back for a second round!
  • SF Accountants and Auditors
  • SF Administrative Analysts


Local 21 won high praise from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for our contribution and efforts to pass Measure KK. This $600 million bond will help restore Oakland's crumbling infrastructure, libraries, streets, and affordable housing. 

Local 21 Endorsements...

Local 21 made four new endorsements this week
View the Endorsements

People Are Voting Now.
You Can Too!

Early voting has started everywhere. Why wait until Election Day? You can drop by your County Registrar of Voters or Elections Office during regular working hours and cast your vote right there.

Time to Get Busy

Many of our candidate and ballot races will come down to a handful of votes. Remember when Eric Mar won his seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors by less than 1%? Or when Dave Cortese lost the race for San Jose Mayor, again by less than 1%? Don't let this happen again.
We are calling and walking door-to-door to talk to friendly, labor-oriented voters. Please join us. Union boots on the ground can make the difference in an election, so let’s make sure we get the job done! Training and lunch/dinner provided.
View the Schedule

Nevada, Here We Come

Seven members volunteered for Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas after attending a training. Others have signed up to go this month as part of a labor-to-labor program by the California Labor Federation to reach union members in the Reno area in support of Hillary Clinton. Hotel rooms are provided. If you are interested in going, please contact Rachel Richman, Political and Policy Director at (Rrichman@ifpte21.org).
Above: members say thumbs down to Trump!

Presidential Debate Party
We had a rocking Debate Party with our sister local, Local 20, in the San Francisco office which was attended by nearly 40 members. Local 21 Executive Director Bob Muscat and Local 20 Executive Director Karen Sawislak welcomed everyone.  Many signed up to volunteer, donate to the International's PAC, or go to Nevada to campaign. Despite technical problems, everyone had a good time. What a debate!

Big Shout Out to Local 21 Election Volunteers

Thank You, Champions of Change!

Ed Lau
Elisa Lau
Jason Rohwer
Ling La
Mar Bustos
Maricar Gratuito
Sally Chen
David Lanham
Jeff Dixon
Shirley J. Ong
Susan Chan
Robin Havens
Mike Wylie
Jeb Welsh
Steve Contreras
Andre Morrow + Momi Morrow
Jagdish Dadhania
Hoki Tse
Steve Pagan
Jessica Zadeh
Sina Hooshdar
Gordana Sabatelli
Harry Yip
Jeff Krohn
Nancy Benavides
Kim Cox
Henriette Browne
Dave Pankenier
David Lanham
Felix Gutierrez
Susan Chan
Damon Tevis
Moises Montoya
Nhan Hua

Renee Sykes
Maryann Sargent
Gus Vallejo
Jason Rohwer
Peter Ordaz
Yvette Harris
Renee Sykes
Carletta Starks
Harry Yip
Nadia Noam-Stoain
Du Lam
Brad Fox
Morris Ridgeway
Andrea Case + daughter
Linden Skjeie
John Pfister
Bruce Cabral
Barton Ching
Paul Pascoal
Faranak Mahdavi
Mark Muser
John Tucker
Dave Mitchell
Pat Kelly
Julie Jennings
Peter Bennett
Medi Sinaki
Ananth Prasad
Cathy Hoang-Mendoza

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