Open Letter #6 to SEIU President Yvonne Walker

OPEN LETTER (6 of 7)

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

Date:    July 23, 2010

RE:       Open Letter (6 of 7), Warning and advice about the upcoming arbitration

Dear Ms. Walker,

The purpose of this letter is to give you and SEIU Local 1000 fair warning and serve as a reminder of your responsibilities, under the law, regarding the upcoming Non-Germane Objector Challenge arbitration, scheduled for August 25, 2010.

Approximately 4,500 of about 23,000 Non-Germane Objectors have challenged the calculation (i.e., fabrication) of SEIU Local 1000’s Non-Germane expenditures. 

Needless to say, that by law, you are mandated to schedule an arbitration by the end of August to allow the fee paying challengers to bring their concerns and complaints to an impartial arbitrator.  Yesterday, I spoke with Mr. Chris Camardella, of American Arbitration Association (AAA), who is the Case Manager of SEIU Local 1000 Vs. Fee Payers Objectors who advised me that the arbitration has been scheduled for August 25, 2010, at 10:00 A.M., and will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento.  I asked Mr. Camardella whether AAA has scheduled any other arbitration in any other regions of California or not?  He responded that this decision is up to Local 1000’s officials and they have not asked AAA for any arbitration elsewhere.

Thousands of us, fee payers, who have challenged SEIU Local 1000 for the allocation and calculation of expenditures, live all over California.  According to the Hudson Act, by law, you are mandated to schedule arbitrations in regions that are conveniently and reasonably accessible for all challengers in that region.  By law, SEIU is mandated to facilitate, and provide traveling expenses for those challengers who are in remote areas so they too can attend the arbitration(s).  Please be advised, that this is not a matter of choice, SEIU must abide by the law.  Please keep in mind, that you are not spending your own money, and it is the member’s and Fair Share fee payer’s dues which should be used to facilitate their participation in this democratic process.

Please be advised, that we have warned SEIU Local 1000 well in advance after discovery of this major problem.  This warning is issued to you even before AAA mails out the notifications of the arbitration to the Hudson Objector challengers. 

Please rethink and reconsider this matter thoroughly, and make sure to reserve a facility that can accommodate all of the challengers should 100% of them choose to attend.  Also, ensure that all challengers are accommodated and given the chance, opportunity, and means to attend the arbitration hearing if they choose to attend, as required by law.

As you know, by law, SEIU Local 1000 must keep in a Trust Fund Account, the fees that you collect from each of these Challengers from July 1, 2010, up until the arbitration dispute is finalized.  I warn you not to treat this Trust Fund Account like SEIU Local 1000 has treated their member’s Strike Fund Account, which is currently completely depleted. 


Ken Hamidi


PS – Below is the title of the open letter which will be published on July 26th, and will also be posted on:           


“How SEIU Local 1000 Leadership did not suffer from furloughs.” (insider information)