The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 13, 2009
Is SEIU bringing a knife to a gun fight?

Our State Worker column in Thursday's Bee prompted Frank Stone to send an e-mail to SEIU Local 1000 officials with a Cc to us. We're posting Stone's e-mail here, unedited, with his permission:

From: Stone, Frank V.
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2009 8:09 AM
Cc: Ortiz, Jon - Sacramento
Subject: Furlough Fridays

Ms. Walker, I've been trying to figure out how and why MY union has been getting blown out of court rooms up and down California!!!!!!!!!! Well I got my answer when I read the SacBee this morning...................MY union has been using IN-HOUSE attorneys to do battle with my sorry governor in all these furlough lawsuits!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me, what a joke when is the light going to go off in that pea brain of yours????????????? SEIU Local 1000 needs to spend some or more or maybe all of that union due money you are extorting from the Great State of California's state workers on OUTSIDE law firms!!!!!!!!!!!! If we're not getting paid then why should you or the rest of your cronies who sit on SEIU Local 1000's so-called " Board of Dictators ". These furloughs have gone on way too long and as I see it and I'm sure the 200,000 plus State Workers see it, you and the rest of the worthless " Board of Dictators " need to step down NOW!!!!!!!!!!! The "Board of Dictators" inabilities to fight these furloughs with experienced OUTSIDE law firms has left many of us state workers in financial ruin and a hate for this union that will last until the day we dye(sic)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Step down NOW so we can restock the "Board of Dictators" with honest to goodness people who actually know what they are doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frank V. Stone
DMV, Inventory/Budget Analyst

About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


Now on the State Worker column

    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

State Pay Database

This database allows you to search the salaries of California's 300,000-plus state workers and view up to four years of their pay history.

Latest Capitol Alert headlines

    404 - Not Found - The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California

    404 Not Found

    Our apologies....

    We can't find the page you requested in this location.

    The story may have moved or expired.

    You may wish to:

  • » More on the Capitol Alert blog


May 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  

Monthly Archives