AM News Monday 9.23.13
The 700 members of SEIU 1021 are preparing for a one day strike against
Mendocino county to begin at 6am on Tuesday, Sept 24.
Last Wednesday, SEIU 1021 members overwhelmingly voted in favor of going on an Unfair Labor Practice strike. The union's bargaining team met with
county administrators on Thursday, Sept. 19. where, at the direction of County CEO Carmel Angelo, they refused to bargain and declared an impasse.
SEIU claims that the County is in violation of several ULP’s, including surface
bargaining and refusing to give workers vital information relating to bargaining as well as contracting out SEIU 1021 positions.
According to a press release, County employees have given back more than $7 million, lost 10 percent of their take-home pay and this year took on a 15 percent increase in healthcare premiums.
Now the county is demanding more cuts, even though there is a surplus and many county positions are paid for through federal funding.
Wednesday, Sept. 18, in a possibly illegal meeting, the Redwood Coast Senior Center Board voted to fire Executive Director Charles Bush. Apparently, the
board never formally consulted with an attorney, either before or after the
According to several reliable sources, the vote was 4-2 for the firing with two abstentions. Board member Bob Bushansky walked out before the vote, saying the meeting had not been properly noticed or posted.
The meeting came with no agenda and the board failed to go into closed
session, he said.
"I informed the board, all eight other members, that any actions taken at an
illegally held meeting had no legal standing. The board president said that she didn't care what I thought, they were moving forward anyway," said Bushansky.
The vote conducted was by secret ballot. Ballots in which votes are kept secret from other board members are always illegal under the Brown Act .
According to its bylaws, notice must be posted on the center's website and on a public bulletin board three days before a special meeting and at least one week before a regular meeting.
Charges against Bush in a document obtained by Frank Hartzell of the FB Advocate include having a messy office, spending too much time in the dining room and not enough fundraising.
No report yet on the results of Friday's meeting of the Board.
Thanks to Frank Hartzell and the Advocate.
According to an article in last Thursday's Will
its Weekly under Cat Lee's byline, Superior Court Judge John Benke has
denied a motion of 'vindictive prosecution' brought by Will Parrish's defense
against DA David Eyster. Parrish is facing 16 misdemeanor charges for
trespassing on CalTrans sites. He was also arrested again Wednesday,
apparently for violating his bail terms, although he was on the other side of the highway from the protestors.
During the hearing, Ty Lewis, a local CHP officer, testified that when he
escorted Parrish to the medical team before being booked July 1st, Parrish
said "Will you carry me. It's more dramatic. I'm trying to make a statement."
The vindictive prosecution motion was based on the fact that after Parrish
rejected a lenient plea agreement, DA Eyster filed sixteen misdemeanor
charges against him, a maximum of eight years in prison. Judge Benke said
"In the absence of presuming his motivation, I think we're muddling into
prosecutorial discretion....motion denied."
Parrish's pre-trial hearing continues Tuesday, Sept 24th at 8:30 am.