The Local  20 Office will be closed on Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 31 in Observance of the Memorial Day Holiday

KP Physical and Occupational Therapists are coming together for a voice at work with ESC Local 20.  Join us!

In the upcoming weeks, KP Physical and Occupational Therapist will be talking with each other and setting up meetings about building a union of professionals.  As we start these conversations, we want everyone to have some basic information about what it means to be part of a professional union, the impacts it would have on individuals and our profession, and the process.  Please read our FAQ for more information and start the conversation with your co-workers today!

For more information contact Nancy Ostrowski at 415-819-5272 or nostrowski@ifpte20.org.


April 27,2016

Hot off the press!  ESC Local 20 Spring 2016 Newsletter

Spring 2016 Final for Cover







February 19, 2016


ESC Local 20 Ben Hudnall Hall
810 Clay Street, Oakland

Registration – 8:30 a.m.
Meeting – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Retiree Appreciation and lunch immediately following meeting.




PG&E Contract Bargaining Updates!

Click here for the latest information, including the Final Tentative Agreement, from the Local 20,PG&E bargaining


January 21,2016

Summary of Tentative Agreement between Local 20 and PG&E and Schedule for More Information
Click here for the two-sided summary of the general provisions of the Tentative Agreement reached with PG&E on Tuesday this week.  We know that everyone has a lot of questions about the details of the TA and we are excited to share the details with all of you. Here is our plan:

Written and Online Materials: Union staff and bargaining committee members are working hard to produce those materials, including a posting of the detailed agreement, so that you can have all the information you will need to make your decision before the vote.  We appreciate your patience and understanding that producing clear, accurate documentation does take some time.  We would rather distribute information that has been thoroughly reviewed rather than rush a first draft out to the members.  We do expect that much more detailed information will be available next week, and detailed contract language will be posted on the ESC website soon after that.

Worksite Meetings: The Union is working on a schedule of informational meetings to be held in February throughout the PG&E service territory .  Those meetings will include a full presentation of all aspects of the agreement and the opportunity to ask question directly to the Union bargaining committee members.  PG&E will allow members to attend meetings on Company time and expense.  The Union urges all members to come to a meeting so that they can hear the information first-hand and get fully informed prior to voting.  The full schedule of meetings will be posted on  here as they are confirmed.

Voting: Voting will occur by mail. The mailing of ballots and informational packets is currently projected for end of February with a three-week voting period to follow.

More details will be coming soon.  Thanks to everyone for their hard work and dedication to build a strong, democratic, and informed union at PG&E.

January 19,2016

Tentative Agreement Reached at PG&E that Includes Wage Increases and More!

ESC’s bargaining committee reached an overall Tentative Agreement (TA) with PG&E and is recommending a “Yes” vote.

The Unit Board also unanimously recommends the TA.  This TA covers all items within the scope of bargaining, including strong wage increases, benefits protections, and many workplace improvements.
It is important all members get the full details and facts of the TA before we vote.  A summary of the terms will be available Wednesday, January 20, and more documents that include all the terms of the agreement within the next week.  Full text of language changes will be posted on the ESC website during the ratification voting period which will be conducted by mail ballot.
The core bargaining committee members will also do a round of presentations throughout the service areas, which will be on Company time and expense, and the schedule will be posted here.
More information will be available soon. Thank you to the Bargaining Team for all the hard work and long hours that went into securing this agreement.

In solidarity,
John Mader, President
Karen Sawislak, Executive Director
Joel Foster, Secretary-Treasurer
Joshua Sperry, Sr. Union Representative

January 7,2016

Hot off the press!  ESC Local 20 Members are standing up and winning across Northern California!
ESC Winter 2015 Cover






January 2, 2016

Susan Greenwood
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASadly, ESC Local 20 lost a member of our family.
Susan Greenwood, retired ESC union representative, passed away surrounded by her family in Los Angeles.
Susan’s career in labor spanned decades and she will be missed by the many sisters and brothers that crossed her path.
Susan did not want a service, but asked that people have a drink in her honor. Usually, that means a lemon drop.
A toast to Susan!
“We can do this the easy way, or we can do this the hard way. Your choice.” – SG


A Strike!

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Sutter Eden Clinical Lab Staff Strike to Protect Quality Patient Care
After nearly a year of negotiating in good faith for a fair contract, Lab Staff at Sutter Eden Hospital in Castro Valley made the serious decision to strike.  Lab Staff are worried that without a contract that respects and rewards the critical role they play in patient care and their dedication to the Hospital, the hospital will not be able to retain staff.  When Clinical Lab Scientists, who run the important tests doctors rely on to treat patients, are already in a statewide shortage this could be disastrous.

After the strike, members are more committed than ever to stand up for quality patient care and get the contract they deserve.

The bargaining team will meet again with management in mid-January.

September 3, 2015

A Labor Day message from IFPTE’s President Greg Junneman.


August 19, 2015

Labor Center at Local 20

Recently the Center for Labor Research and Education used Local 20′s Ben Hudnall Hall for training and to hold their Graduation Ceremony. To be directly taken the webpage please click here.

June 11, 2015

An Urgent Update on Fast Track from IFPTE

To All IFPTE Locals,
The House is expected to vote on the Fast Track bill this Friday.  Below is IFPTE’s letter in opposition.  This letter went to all House offices today.
This will be a very close vote – could go either way.  We encourage all of our locals and members to reach out to your respective House members asking them to vote no on Fast Track.We will be sending around a member mobilization email later this evening as well.

In Solidarity,

Matthew S. Biggs
Assistant to the President/Legislative & Political Director
International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers (IFPTE), CLC, AFL-CIO

Click here to read IFPTE’s letter in opposition.
Click here to find your congressional representative.


Call to action from IFPTE

Our International union has asked us to join the AFL-CIO in opposing the “Fast Tracking” of the Trans Pacific Partnership. Labor is  part of a broad based coalition that is united in opposing this deal. To read more about the Trans Pacific Partnership, click here for a report and evaluation of the effects of the deal by the Economic Policy Institute. Please take action today by calling your congressperson today to let them know that oppose this bill.  Click here to find your congressional representative. Call the AFL-CIO hotline below for more information.



Our New Home

Local 20 has a new home at 810 Clay Street Oakland.
The Beautiful Mural was commissioned by the Union and was painted by the Youth Spirit Artworks and Community Rejuvenation Project




ESC Local 20 Contact Info:

Address:  810 Clay Street, Oakland CA 94607

Phone: 510-238-8320

Fax: 510-238-8324