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SEIU's state chief leaving post for Washington office

The announcement today by California’s largest union that its state executive leader was departing for a job at the national office sent a stream of accolades and fond wishes gushing from some of the state’s top elected Democrats.

Courtni Pugh will head to the nation’s capital to be the Service Employee International Union’s national redistricting project director, which the organization described as its bid to “take advantage of crucial political opportunities nationwide.”

SEIU is one of the biggest donors to state Democratic candidates and causes.

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) called Pugh “a tireless fighter” for the working people of California and for the union. “Courtni leaves very big shoes to fill,” Bass said in a statement.

Assembly Democratic Majority Leader Alberto Torrico of Fremont was no less effusive. He dubbed Pugh “an unwavering warrior” who will “deliver justice to working families all across America.”

Controller John Chiang said Pugh “fearlessly stands tall” on behalf of workers.  

Pugh’s replacement has not been named.

--Eric Bailey in Sacramento

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As a black man, I can say that Courtni is just another criminal headed to Washington DC. Hopefully he can take the stench of the SEIU with him. Real heartening though to hear the democrat politicians, criminal garbage themselves, praise a man who probably funneled thousands of dollars of union member's dues to them.

You have just discredited yourself in the most pathetic of ways, Cleo Watts. Courtni Pugh is a WOMAN, and she has always taken a stand for the invisible and voiceless. Go back to watching Glenn Beck and voting against your own economic self-interest, instead of us commenting about people you obviously don't know who fight to make our communities better places to live and work.

Courtni, once you arrive in DC perhaps you should reorganize your union into a union who's locals tend to the needs of thier employees, not getting people elected. I was a former SEIU member whos Local (#6 in Seattle Washington) was so busy getting Barack Obama elected they completely ignored the fact my HR rep screwed me on dental benifets.

Then your Democrats tried to bring this lackluster shop to our site at Seattle City Hall . The result?

Matthew Mac Naughton
International Secratary
United Protection Officers of America


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