Friday, January 13, 2012

SEIU Local 721 files lawsuit against Simi Valley

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721, which represents library workers in the California city of Simi Valley, has filed a lawsuit against the city administration over the latter's plans to withdraw from the Ventura County library system.  The lawsuit claims that this withdraw is a legislative act that cannot be made unilaterally.  The city claims that they want to maintain local control over the library system in the face of Assembly Bill 438, which took effect on January 1 and requires cities to demonstrate savings before withdrawing from county library systems prior to contracting library services to for-profit companies. 

This is speculation on my part, but it appears that Simi Valley is hoping to undermine California legislation and union representation by making a move toward eventual privatization.


  1. It was quite obvious to anyone who follows these things what Simi Valley council and LSSI where trying to do, that is push through the privatisation of the library services before AB438 came into force, a totally undemocratic and dishonest act!
    Brad King, LSSI’s CEO, recently accused AB438 of “masquerading as open government and transparency” a bit hypocritical don’t you think?

    Alan Wylie Librarian and campaigner

    1. Absolutely hypocritical! I certainly hope that Simi Valley is not successful with this push to privatize.