Open Letter #7 to SEIU President Yvonne Walker

OPEN LETTER (7 of 7)

To:          Yvonne Walker, President of SEIU Local 1000
From:      Ken Hamidi
CC:         California State Employees represented by SEIU Local 1000

Date:      July 26, 2010

RE:   Open Letter (7 of 7), SEIU leaders and devotees did not suffer from furloughs

Dear Ms. Walker,

A disgruntled SEIU Local 1000 staffer has informed us that when the 98,580 state employees represented by SEIU were suffering from 3 days of furlough each month (which resulted in a 14.6% pay cut between July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010), SEIU Local 1000 leaders and their preferred devotees through various compensations were not negatively impacted by these furloughs mostly by the following means:

  1. Receiving advanced funds  for fake trips and filing bogus expense reports.

  2. Receiving advanced funds for scheduled trips and filing exaggerated expense reports containing expenses that were never incurred.

  3. Reporting personal expenditures on expense reports.

As you know, your friend and fellow SEIU Local 1000 leader Mark Bautista, VP of organizing who lived in Fresno, while on fulltime union leave our union dues paid 130% of his salary (salary plus benefits) traveled to Sacramento two or three times per month, but for years he filed expense reports as if he traveled to Sacramento and back everyday of the month. It was estimated that Mr. Bautista made $75,000 per year from that scheme.  Of course you, Jim Hard, and Cathy Hackett allowed this to happen due to the fact that you were each taking your pieces of the pie, also.  Remember, your trick was that you never filed any expense report.

The best way to clear your names is to let a group of volunteer forensic auditors examine the expense reports that you, Jim Hard, Dora Okumura, Kathleen Collins, Cathy Hackett, Margarita Maldonado, Darlene Estey, Adrian Suffin, and about 25 other individuals filed from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.  If SEIU is a transparent and accountable union, this should be easy.  When you are ready, let me know and I will provide the auditors, OUR AUDITORS only, after all, it wouldn’t be very transparent if you used your auditors.

We will publish the above abuse, waste, and fraud on CPPEA’s website to share with our members, supporters, and fellow state employees.  If you would like to correct any part of the above statements, please contact me no later than August 2, 2010.  Your lack of response will confirm that the SEIU Local 1000 staffer’s report was correct as stated above.


Ken Hamidi


PS – This and 6 other open letters are posted on CPPEA’s website: