Saturday, January 23, 2010

Minor Miracle: SEIU 221 Members' complaints are heard!

In a surprising turn of events, Andy Stern actually listened to union members about the sketchy situation with the resignation and severance for SEIU 221 President Sharon-Frances Moore!

Stern received a number of complaints from Local 221's members (great work 221 members!) about a $107,000 severance package that his appointee, Sharon-Frances Moore, recently got when she resigned her job as the President of Local 221, as well as a consulting gig that Local 221 gave her for the next 60 days or so.

With growing publicity around these issues, Stern issued a letter announcing that he's appointing UHW Trustee Eliseo Medina (oh jeez, this guy again?) as his personal representative (along with SEIU Organizing Coordinator Ray Dzialo) "to assist Local 221 in meeting its internal needs (including investigation of these allegations), and to attend local union meetings." Stern also writes: "I counsel the Local 221 officers and Executive Board not to execute or implement the challenged payments and contract at this time."

Stay tuned, though Tasty doesn't have a whole hell of a lot of confidence in Eliseo to correct any wrongs...

More info on the fight to save Local 221 here and here.