October 14, 2016

ESC Local 20 Mourns Loss of Brother Dag Romero, ESC Local 20 Union Leader and Friend

The members of the Engineers and Scientists of California would like to express our condolences to Brother Romero’s family upon his passing.  Brother Romero served the Union for many years, including as Secretary Treasurer during the Union’s affiliation with the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.  ESC is better for Brother Romero’s leadership, and rest assured that Brother Romero’s union legacy lives on.  Peace Brother.

Former ESC President Ken Jones, Brother Romero and IFPTE President Gregory Junemann

East Bay Times Obituary

Services: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Church (2039 Mountain Diablo, Walnut Creek)

October 1, 2016

NOTICE OF ELECTIONS – Executive Board Officers

An active and engaged membership, committed member leaders, and democracy are all key to a strong union. ESC Local 20 works hard to provide ample opportunity to participate, develop, and grow in these areas to ensure ESC Local 20 has the strongest voice possible for working professionals.

Nominations are now open for the following offices in the Union:


  • VICE PRESIDENT, Government, Administrative, Technical UNIT


Nominations may now be submitted by a letter signed by no less than ten (10) members in good standing of the union and must be received at the union office no later than Saturday, October 15, 2016.  To be valid, nomination forms with the original signatures must be submitted. No facsimiles or emailed forms will be accepted.

Nominees for the Unit Vice-President positions must be members of that unit and the members nominating the Unit Vice President must be members of said unit.  All ESC Local 20 members in good standing may vote on the candidates for all offices.

Nomination forms are available for download below or by calling the Union office at (510) 238-8320 and requesting a form.  We will mail or fax this form to you.

2016 Nomination Form Secretary Treasurer

2016 Nomination Form VP GAT Unit

2016 Nomination Form VP PGE Unit

If an election is called for, ballots will be mailed no later than Monday, October 31, 2016.   Ballots must be received on or before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.  The ballots will be counted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

September 15, 2016

Ready to make our Union stronger? 2016 Optometry Board Nominations are Now Open!

Member leaders and democracy are a key to a strong union. Nominations are now open for the following Optometry Unit Board Officers:

President: At Large

District Representative 2: San Francisco; South San Francisco; San Rafael; Petaluma; Novato; Santa Rosa

District Representative 4: Fresno; Stockton; Modesto; Tracy

District Representative 6: Fremont/Hayward (Greater Southern Alameda Area or “GSAA”); Union City; Oakland; Richmond

Please complete the nomination form and return to the ESC Local 20 office on/or before September 30th. For more information, please call 510-238-8320.

Official Optometry Board Notice of Election 2016

September 12, 2016

Hillary or Trump? Debate Watch Party with ESC Local 20, 9/26

Join your fellow union brothers and sisters for dinner, stay for the debate, and share your opinions afterwards.

We will also be accepting voluntary contributions for IFPTE’s political fund to make sure the voices of working professionals are heard this election season!

Monday, September 26 at 5:30pm
ESC Local 20 Hall at 810 Clay St., Oakland

Please share and invite your fellow ESC Local 20 members!  RSVP to Dominic Chan at 510-384-7088 or dchan@ifpte20.org

Looking for more information on electing working professional-friendly candidates to office? Check out the California Labor Federation’s 2016 General Election Endorsements

Print a flyer for your worksite!

September 8, 2016

Take action now to protect patient care, workload, and the scope of practice for Clinical Lab professionals! 

An important decision by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) could have a dramatic impact on the scope of work performed by Clinical Lab Scientists (CLSs) and the workload of other healthcare professionals, such as RNs.  CLSs discover the presence or absence of disease and provide data that helps physicians determine the best treatment for the patient.

Setting a dangerous precedent, the CMS decision cleared the way for RNs to perform high complexity testing, previously only allowed to be performed by licensed Clinical Lab Scientists.  At the moment, it appears that, the decision only applies to federal facilities (e.g. VA Hospitals). However, this may be the thin end of the wedge and expand to other areas, including private and public hospitals.

The California Association for Medical Laboratory Technology (CAMLT), our political ally, has posted a succinct statement on the matter.  The potential impact of this change are not limited just to CLS’s work, as it could also increase the workload of our RN members.

Sign the ASCP petition urging CMS to reverse its decision! Please circulate this information widely to educate others on this important issue and ask for their support in protecting patient care, workload, and the scope of practice for Clinical Lab professionals.

Full CMS Decision Letter

August 24, 2016

Still looking for plans for Labor Day weekend? Join your union brothers and sisters around Northern California for fun events to celebrate the Labor Movement and all that we have accomplished for working families!

Alameda County Central Labor Council, Monday 9/5  from 11:30-4:30pm, Alameda Point Park in Alameda

Contra Costa Central Labor Council, Monday 9/5 from 12-2pm, John F. Baldwin Park in Concord

North Bay Central Labor Council, Monday 9/5 with Breakfast at 9am, Carpenters’ Labor Center, Santa Rosa

Sacramento Central Labor Council, Monday 9/5 from 11-2pm, River Walk Park, West Sacramento**

**ESC has purchased 10 tickets to the River Cats game that day at 1:05pm.  First come, first served!  Please RSVP to Teresa Villasenor at teresa@sacramentolabor.org  or 916-927-9772 to reserve your tickets!  Additional tickets are available for purchase at $10 when ESC pre-paid tickets run out. 


August 22, 2016

Medical Professionals’ Unit Annual Meeting & Continuing Education Seminar
Save the Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Join us for our annual Medical Professionals’ meeting and free CEUs.  Please rsvp to escrsvp@ifpte20.org.  More information…

August 18, 2016

SoCo ESC L20 Members Bargaining Action

Sonoma County Healthcare Professionals Reach Tentative Agreement!

After months of pushing for a contract that respects, rewards, and retains the important Sonoma County professionals who keep our community healthy and safe, we are pleased to announce a tentative agreement with many economic and other improvements that will do just that and improve the lives of our members.  Despite many delay tactics and disrespectful behavior from Sonoma County’s leadership, these members stayed strong and took numerous actions to bring about this settlement. Thank you to all the members who stood up to make our Union stronger and improve the working lives of Sonoma County’s Healthcare Professionals.

The ESC Bargaining Team is recommending a “YES” vote.

June 21, 2016

PG&E Diablo Canyon Power Plant

To ESC members:

You may have received an e-mail from pro-nuclear advocacy groups Environmental Progress that contains comments about our sister union, IBEW 1245 that are unfounded and pejorative.  ESC Local 20 condemns these ad hominem and unwarranted attacks on IBEW 1245.

ESC Local 20 believes very strongly in nuclear power.  Our union is in support of efforts to keep DCCP open for as long as possible for the reasons expressed below:

  • DCPP is a tremendous and irreplaceable PG&E asset, staffed by excellent professionals, many of whom have devoted their entire careers to the plant and the nuclear industry.
  • This will be a great economic blow and loss for all Central Coast residents.
  • It is a mistake for California policy makers to discount the value of clean energy baseload generation at this scale and to hold to regulatory and legal frameworks that create economic disincentives for continued operations at DCPP.
  • Even if DCPP baseload can be replaced with renewable power sources, a decision to close DCPP after 2025 is a lost opportunity to bring down greenhouse gas emissions at an even faster pace — and the overall reduction of GHG emissions is the crucial and overarching issue for our environment.

Karen Sawislak
Executive Director

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