Persistence, thy name is Miriam Noujaim. Leaders of the largest state-employee union, SEIU Local 1000, probably have some other names for the DMV employee and union member who once again has revved up a lawsuit aimed at prying open the union’s financial records. In a petition filed in Sacramento this week, Noujaim seeks a court order allowing her to review and copy the last two years of Local 1000’s travel and expense records....

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BY JON ORTIZ jortiz@sacbee.com Ken Hamidi has been trying to break the grip of SEIU Local 1000 since 2007. Along the way, the Iranian-born Franchise Tax Board employee has won some admirers for his never-say-die spirit and for winning a landmark California Supreme Court case a dozen years ago. He’s also drawn the ire and the ridicule of SEIU officials, who dismiss him as a self-aggrandizing blowhard and a buffoon. Now he has renewed...

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SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker would receive three times her current wages under a new executive pay proposal that the union’s statewide council will consider at its Sept. 16-19 meeting in Oakland. The plan calls for members serving in Local 1000’s top job to earn a total compensation package of$150,000 per year. In Walker’s case, the union would tack on $103,000 to the $47,000 gross pay she receives as a...

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One of the largest public employee unions in California is under attack from within. A group of Service Employees International Union Local 1000 members want a vote to decertify the union and join a new labor organization they have formed. They need more than 30 thousand signatures to force the vote, and then they’ll need more than 50 percent of the union members to cast ballots. If more than half of those members vote in favor...

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