California union president-elect says he won’t support Newsom against recall, will end political spending
A member of the Service Employees International Union’s largest California chapter, who is now the group’s president-elect, said Wednesday that when sworn in, he will not support California Gov. Gavin Newsom – and that he plans to cut dues by 50%, in part by ending all political expenditures.
Richard Louis Brown, who said he was not speaking on behalf of SEIU Local 1000, told “The Story” that allocating union members’ payments to Black Lives Matter, open-borders pro-illegal immigration groups and “Fight for $15” endeavors is not the role of a union.
Newsom won the election in 2018 with union support, then in Brown’s view turned on organized labor to help close the projected budget gap by demanding the equivalent of two days’ wages or furloughs each month during the pandemic when “people were hurting” and living paycheck to paycheck.
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