A controversial proposal to give substantial stipends to the top officials of SEIU Local 1000 is set for discussion and a vote by the union’s board next week.
Local spokesman Jim O’Donnell said Monday that Local 1000’s council will again take up the issue on Oct. 28 at the Four Points by Sheraton at Los Angeles International Airport.
The council debated the proposal earlier this month during its meeting in downtown Sacramento, but extensive debate forced local officials to table the matter.
Despite mass emails (including dozens that cc’d The State Worker) from angry members who vowed to stage a protest during the Oct. 4 meeting at the Holiday Inn, no actions materialized.
Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker supports the proposal, which would give stipends of up to $102,000 to her and three vice presidents in addition to their state salaries. The amounts would be based on the difference of each executive’s union-reimbursed state wage and the salary of the highest job classification represented by the union, plus 5 percent for vice presidents and 10 percent for the president.
Walker says that that stipends are fair compensation for the demands of executive work for a union that represents 95,000 state employees and handles an annual budget in excess of $60 million. Opponents say stipends would dull the local’s sensitivity to members’ concerns and distance top-level officials from the employees they lead.