Monday, April 12, 2010

Local 221 Members: Guess Who is Back, and Looking for Your Dues?

Sharon-Frances Moore, back to get her cash money!

Service employees union sued by ex-president over severance

San Diego Courts: The former president of San Diego County’s largest union has sued her past employer in San Diego Superior Court for breach of contract.

Sharon-Frances Moore alleges that the Service Employees International Union Local 221, which represents about 10,000 county employees and other public sector workers, agreed in January to pay her a severance of $107,850 when she resigned. Her lawsuit claims that the money was supposed to be paid out quarterly, beginning in March, with the understanding that Moore would not take any legal action against the union.

But about two weeks after the agreement was signed, Moore’s lawsuit contends, she was told the union’s executive board had voted to rescind the agreement. Her complaint, filed March 22, seeks unspecified damages, including the original contract payment and attorney’s fees.

Moore worked for the SEIU Local 221 for nearly three years, the last six months as its president.

Union spokeswoman Melinda Battenberg declined to address Moore’s allegations, saying the union could not comment on an ongoing lawsuit.