The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 31, 2011
VIDEO: Public employees protest Niello's dealership

Between 40 and 50 public-sector workers marched in front of Niello BMW in Sacramento on Wednesday morning, chanting, "Take your money somewhere else! Don't shop Niello!"

Labor coalition Californians Californians for Health Care and Retirement Security organized the protest -- and a boycott against all the Niello family auto dealerships -- after former Assemblyman and dealership minority owner Roger Niello filed initial paperwork to put a public pension rollback measure before voters. Niello is also considering a run for either the state Senate or a statewide office.

Niello's family owns and operates the BMW dealership and a dozen other auto retailers in the Sacramento region. The company released a statement that noted Roger Niello's minority stake in the company and said he isn't active in its business operations. The company said it doesn't take positions on political issues.

VIDEO: Union members protest at Niello BMV on Wednesday. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee

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