The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 12, 2013
Column Extra: A stealth SEIU Local 1000 check envelope?

We wouldn't have written today's State Worker column about SEIU's Knox v. SEIU Local 1000 nonmember repayments, but someone who received a check for more than $200 sent along an image of the envelope an explanation letter that went with it. We'll let the employee's email explain a concern about the envelope:

Below is a graphic of the envelope the SEIU 1000 settlement check I received in the mail this week. As you can see it is very basic like it should be tossed as junk mail. In preparation to shred I opened the envelope and the attached letter with a check for over $200 was received.

In showing it to fellow state workers we all are shocked on how this was received. We believe the union is doing this on purpose to make it look like junk mail so people will throw it away and after 6 months the check is void.

We are shocked and saddened when we pay over $70.00 per month union dues and then we are treated like we can be duped and will not open the envelope. Sad that our union would do this.

I hope you can write something about how SEIU 1000 sent out these checks.

We've embedded the check image and the letter below. As to the envelope's nondescript front, it actually makes sense to us. Marking mail in a way to draw special attention to monetary contents might encourage theft.

Side note: We ran the letter by James Young, whose signature is on the bottom of it, to verify authenticity. Young is an attorney with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which describes its mission as eliminating "coercive union power and compulsory unionism abuses."

Young said that the letter was authentic, although something at the bottom was added somewhere along the line during the printing process: a union bug.

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