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Recall effort for SEIU Local 1000 leaders falls flat

Yvonne Walker 'rejects' Jerry Brown's contract bargaining team

SEIU Local 1000, the largest state government employee union, rallied at the Capitol on June 8, 2016 as they fought for a new contract. The unit ultimately reached an agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration that included raises and $2,50
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SEIU Local 1000, the largest state government employee union, rallied at the Capitol on June 8, 2016 as they fought for a new contract. The unit ultimately reached an agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration that included raises and $2,50

A recall petition to oust SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne R. Walker and three other top union officials has failed to gather enough signatures to force an election.

At issue was a $143,000 stipend split among Walker and the three union vice presidents that was approved by the union executive board in June without a vote by the general membership.

Supporters of the petition needed to win over 20 percent of voting union members —11,168 signatures – to force a full vote of the membership. But on Wednesday, hours before the 5 p.m. deadline, Richard Louis Brown, the petition’s creator, said they had gotten a little more than 2,700 names.

Brown, however, was undeterred, and said he plans to start another petition before Jan. 1. The union, which represents 95,000 state workers, is still in ongoing talks with Gov. Jerry Brown over their contract.

“I don’t know how you can trust someone to bargain for your contract if they give themselves a salary stipend,” Richard Brown said Wednesday.

Anshu Siripurapu: 916-321-1060, @AnshuSiripurapu

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