The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 13, 2009
Is SEIU bringing a knife to a gun fight?

Our State Worker column in Thursday's Bee prompted Frank Stone to send an e-mail to SEIU Local 1000 officials with a Cc to us. We're posting Stone's e-mail here, unedited, with his permission:

From: Stone, Frank V.
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2009 8:09 AM
Cc: Ortiz, Jon - Sacramento
Subject: Furlough Fridays

Ms. Walker, I've been trying to figure out how and why MY union has been getting blown out of court rooms up and down California!!!!!!!!!! Well I got my answer when I read the SacBee this morning...................MY union has been using IN-HOUSE attorneys to do battle with my sorry governor in all these furlough lawsuits!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me, what a joke when is the light going to go off in that pea brain of yours????????????? SEIU Local 1000 needs to spend some or more or maybe all of that union due money you are extorting from the Great State of California's state workers on OUTSIDE law firms!!!!!!!!!!!! If we're not getting paid then why should you or the rest of your cronies who sit on SEIU Local 1000's so-called " Board of Dictators ". These furloughs have gone on way too long and as I see it and I'm sure the 200,000 plus State Workers see it, you and the rest of the worthless " Board of Dictators " need to step down NOW!!!!!!!!!!! The "Board of Dictators" inabilities to fight these furloughs with experienced OUTSIDE law firms has left many of us state workers in financial ruin and a hate for this union that will last until the day we dye(sic)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Step down NOW so we can restock the "Board of Dictators" with honest to goodness people who actually know what they are doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frank V. Stone
DMV, Inventory/Budget Analyst

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