The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 11, 2009
SEIU Local 1000 members stage protest at Niello auto dealership

Niello.JPGSEIU Local 1000 staged a rally today in front of Assemblyman Roger Niello's Acura car dealership in Sacramento. Union spokesman Jim Zamora tells us that about 100 union members carried pickets to protest the Fair Oaks Republican's call last week for Assembly colleagues to vote "no" or abstain from AB 964. The Legislature must pass the bill with a two-thirds vote and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has to sign it before the contract goes into effect.

SEIU plans another rally at a Niello dealership on Thursday, Zamora said, although the union hasn't determined exactly when or where yet.

"We plan to keep the pressure on Roger Niello for leading the charge against our contract bill," Zamora said in an e-mail to The State Worker. "We have thousands of members from his district who are outraged at Niello. They're mad because Niello opposes a bill that saves the state $340 million money and brings some stability to the lives of thousands of his constituents."

IMAGE: Assemblyman Roger Niello /

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