Six arrested at state office distributing union newsletters; Green Party says it's
more proof Schwarzenegger is anti-worker
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Wednesday, August 26, 2005
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir (Los Angeles) 310-270-7106,
Stuart Bechman (Ventura) 805-405-3929,
Pat Driscoll (Sacramento) 916-320-6430,
Susan King (San Francisco) 415-823-5524,
SACRAMENTO (August 26, 2005) – The Green Party of California decried the
continuing attacks on working people by the governor today after union
leaders were arrested in a state building here this week as they attempted
to distribute newsletters to employees at the state Department of
"We stand with our brothers and sisters in organized labor," said Tom
Bolema, a teacher and member of the California State Employees Union
(CSEA), adding, "The governor represents big business special interests,
and those interests want to see organized labor die."
"It should now be obvious to everyone that Gov. Schwarzenegger is
anti-worker, whether it's teachers, nurses or those who work for the state.
His Special Election directly attacks workers, and now he prevents union
literature from being distributed as required by law," said Craig Peterson,
a member of the Green Party and the American Postal Workers Union.
At least six people – including the secretary-treasurer of Local 1000 of
the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – were jailed Wednesday
for trespassing and refusing to obey a police officer after they entered a
"restricted" area of CalTrans.
"Whether it's workers in the hot fields of the Central Valley, or office
personnel in state offices, people have the right to organize and unions
have the right to communicate with them. These arrests were wrong," said
Hank Chapot, the GPCA archivist and team member of AFSCME.
SEIU is allowed access to its members at work sites, according to the SEIU
contract. At least one lawmaker said the arrests could spur hearings on the
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