Friday, April 23, 2010

Re-Running Internal Elections at 221!

The U.S. Department of Labor has nixed another SEIU officer election due to violations... this time at SEIU Local 221 in San Diego. This follows similar actions against SEIU Local 6434 and Local 1984.

Check out a website run by rank-and-file reformers from Local 221 to see a copy of the DOL letter announcing a re-run of the elections.

At the time of the botched elections, Local 221 was run by Sharon-Frances Moore, who Stern famously appointed as the local's president after meeting her at a cocktail party in Manhattan. Moore, whose closest previous union experience was working at the Girl Scouts, hoped that members would elect her to office even though her reign at Local 221 was a giant disaster.

During Moore's tenure, Local 221 lost more than 10% of its membership and the local's finances went from being in the black to $1.2 million in the red. This didn't stop Moore from following the lead of another Stern appointee, Susana Segat, and humbly accepting pay increases as the local spiraled downwards. Last year, Moore earned $145,000 for leading a local of just 6,900 members.

Moore joins a growing list of Andy's hand-picked appointees who may be plenty loyal to Andy but have demonstrated quite a track record of incompetence, greed and corruption: Tyrone Freeman, Rickman Jackson, Annelle Grajeda, Byron Hobbs, Susana Segat, Damita Davis-Howard, Bill Lloyd, etc.

Moore's loyalty to Andy seems to be a tad strained these days. She recently sued SEIU for reneging on her $107,000 severance package after a public uproar caused SEIU officials to rethink her sweetheart deal.