Court workers picket Superior Court for lack of transparency

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Jan. 26, 2011 – Court workers picketed on Jan. 25 at the Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose to call attention to the lack of transparency and public accountability in the public agency. The action followed last week’s print and online advertisement questioning a system that allows decisions involving public funds to be made without public input.

Friday’s print ad was featured in Mercury News newspaper. (PDF)

Photo 1 in slideshow above: Collin Conroy showing that building a multi-million dollar court house off of the backs of the lowest paid court employees is just not right.

Photo 2: Court workers understand that times are bad but why is the judicial Executive Committee buying a brand new courthouse? The public should have had an opportunity for input when the judges decided to cut hours of services to buy a new courthouse.

Photo 3: “It’s broke, let’s fix it”. The courts are the only government agencies that do not hold open meetings when making decisions on how to spend public funds. How can the public hold a public agency accountable when everything is done behind closed doors?

Photo 4: SEIU 521 CEO Kristy Sermersheim gives a brief bargaining update from the last negotiation session.

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