Monday, July 14, 2014

SEIU's Courtni Pugh Deploys Purple Parachute in L.A.

SEIU's Courtni Pugh
Check this out.

Remember the article in the Los Angeles Daily News about the rigged ratification vote affecting 33,000 SEIU members who work for the Los Angeles Unified School District?

In a remarkable turn of events, SEIU Local 99's Executive Director Courtni Pugh presided over this epic vote-rigging operation. And then… she left town. For good!

No kidding.

On Local 99's website, Pugh posted an announcement that begins this way:
Dear SEIU Local 99 Members and Friends, 
This has been by far one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make. But after much thought I have decided to leave my position as Executive Director of SEIU Local 99 to immediately work to elect pro-worker legislators in the state senate.
According to the announcement, an "Interim Executive Director” will take over Pugh’s job on July 19.

Quite a trick, right? Rig the vote. Plunge the union into internal conflict, negative press stories, and pledges of lawsuits to be filed by the union's own members. And then hightail it out of town!

Courtni Pugh: Profile in courage.