Court workers picket Superior Court for lack of transparency

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Khanh T. Weinberg, Communications Director
(408) 678-3364 | khanh.weinberg@seiu521.org

Monday, January 24, 2011

SAN JOSE, CA – Superior Court of Santa Clara County is a public agency with a $120 million annual budget, run by an Executive Committee of judges who are not obligated to hold any meeting in public. And so it doesn’t.

Court workers will picket Tuesday to call attention to the lack of transparency and public accountability in the public agency. The action follows last week’s print and online advertisement questioning a system that allows decisions involving public funds to be made without public input.

WHAT: Workers picket Santa Clara County Superior Court

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 25 @ NOON

WHERE: 111 St. John St., corner of Market St.

In an ongoing campaign for more public accountability, court workers last year successfully lobbied Sacramento for court reform. First, legislation was enacted requiring regular financial audits of all 58 county court systems by the state Controller’s Office; second, workers who report court abuses would receive whistle-blower protection. In 2011, the goal is to bring transparency to the Superior Court of Santa Clara County.

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The Service Employees International Union is an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. SEIU is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society. For more information, visit www.seiu521.org

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