IFPTE Local 21Found to be in Violation of AFL-CIO Constitution for Contra Costa, Solano County Raiding

Published on: November 7, 2016

On November 7, 2016, IFPTE Local 21 was found to be in violation of Article XX the AFL-CIO Constitution for its raiding activity in Solano and Contra Costa Counties.

Local 21 of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) has been in the process of raiding bargaining units represented by Local 1 for months. “Raiding” refers to the interference and attempts by one Union to decertify and attempt to represent established bargaining units represented by another Union (as opposed to growing union membership by organizing non-union workers). Raiding an established bargaining unit, especially one that is in the middle of contract negotiations, only serves to hurt the member employees, whose efforts at such a time should be squarely focused on the employer and damages the members’ ability to organize around issues and secure a fair contract.

In recognition of the damaging effect raiding has on union members across the country, the AFL-CIO prohibits any of its affiliate unions from attempting to organize or represent bargaining units represented by another AFL-CIO affiliate.

The Umpire found that “The decertification activities of IFPTE and its affiliate in Solano County Unit #6, in Solano County Unit #16, and in the Contra Costa Library Unit are an attempt to organize or attempt to represent employees as to whom an established collective bargaining relationship exists between PEU Local #1, AFSCME, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, and Solana County and the Contra Costa Library” and further, “IFPTE is in violation of Article XX of the AFL-CIO Constitution.”

Read the Expedited Decision here.