Sunday, August 3, 2014

SEIU's Coutni Pugh Deploys Purple Parachute, Lands Gig at Consulting Firm

So what happened to Courtni Pugh after she rigged a ramrod contract-ratification vote covering 23,000 staffers at Los Angeles Unified School District… and then promptly resigned as SEIU Local 99’s Executive Director so she could high-tail it out of town before the proverbial sh*t hit the fan?

According to “Politico,” Pugh has taken a job with Hilltop Public Solutions, a DC-based political consulting firm that does tons of business with SEIU.

On July 31st, a “Politico” posting included a blurb that began this way:
FIRST LOOK - Hilltop adds SEIU's Courtni Pugh -- Forthcoming release: "Putting the finishing touches a year of major growth, Hilltop Public Solutions [will announce] today that veteran California organizer and political strategist Courtni Pugh has joined the firm and will oversee Hilltop's new Los Angeles office. Courtni most recently served as Executive Director of the Service Employees International United (SEIU) Local 99.

Hilltop -- which also does business as S&B Public Solutions LLC -- is headed by Nick Baldick and has run multi-million dollar campaigns for SEIU, according to the firm's website.

It's par for the course at the Purple Palace -- yet another soft landing for a top SEIU official.