SEIU Local 1000 President Richard Louis Responds to Illegal, Improper, and Out of Order” Board Meeting

Press release

SACRAMENTO, CA (October 19, 2021) – SEIU Local 1000 President Richard Louis Brown denounced a weekend meeting attended by 34 of the union’s 65 board members, some virtually, at the California Democratic Party Headquarters in Sacramento as “illegal, improper, and out of order.”

“The supposed ‘complaints’ referenced by a small minority of the board are nothing more than a thinly veiled effort to maintain the status quo that I was elected to overturn,” said Brown. “I am still the president of Local 1000, and I have every intention to continue in that role to create a new, independent Local 1000 and to deliver the substantial increase in compensation that I promised to the workers of California.”

“The board’s vote has no legal standing in court,” Brown continued. “Under our policies, I am the only person with the authority to call a Board of Directors meeting. All this out of order event accomplished was to further expose the humongous hypocrisy inherent amongst the Local 1000 board. Remember, the people who demanded this special meeting are some of the same folks who refused to give me a quorum during my first Board of Directors meeting on July 6, 2021. And these same people are now supporting some of the racist, sexist, and homophobic sentiments that have been directed at me by my opponents. I have no problem with being criticized. It comes with the territory. Often times we can learn from our critics, but that’s not what this is. These are largely personal, unprovoked attacks that cross the line of moral and ethical behavior that no leader should be expected to tolerate.” 

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