SEIU Local 221, the largest public-sector union in the country, lost another 400 members this month. The group of city librarians, planners, forensic investigators, and others decided to leave the Service Employees and create their own union. Nicole Hobson, president of the newly formed Association of Chula Vista Employees said:
“This decision was kind of a long time coming…Lack of services, high dues, they have high employee turnaround, they give us inexperienced representatives.”
According to Hobson, the employees who left the Local were giving SEIU $230,000 in dues per year.
“For as much as we were paying, we should have been getting VIP services,” she said.
In other news, Cathy Glasson, president of SEIU Local 199 is running for governor of Iowa. Check out her campaign site here.