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Ex-Union Official From San Diego Appointed To California Public Employment Relations Board

An ex-union official from San Diego was appointed to the California Public Employment Relations Board today by Gov. Jerry Brown.

California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Above: California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Eric Banks, 41, is a partner at TenPageMemo LLC, which offers strategic planning, government and community relations, conference logistics, messaging, communication and fund development services to clients.

He served in multiple positions at the Service Employees International Union, Local 221, for a dozen years, including adviser, president and director of government and community relations, according to the governor's office.

Banks, a Democrat, was policy associate for state government affairs at the New York AIDS Coalition and worked at the Southern Tier AIDS Program from 1993 to 2000.

CalPERB is a quasi-judicial administrative agency that administers collective bargaining laws covering employees of California's public schools, colleges and universities, the state of California, trial courts and local public agencies like cities, counties and special districts.

The position, which pays $128,109, requires Senate confirmation.

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Avatar for user 'nerdmom'

nerdmom | February 4, 2013 at 9:23 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

It's a shame Governor Brown didn't check on this clown's background. He has settled sexual harrassment and wrongful terminationation cases at SEIU 221. He doesn't leave with a very good reputation as a leader, much less an advisor to the California Public Employment Relations Board. Hope he behaves.

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gmaosceola1948 | February 4, 2013 at 11:26 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

Eric Banks does not deserve to be appointed to this position, he is not qualified. He help to ruin SEIU Local 221 formally SEIU Local 2028. Mis-management from more areas than just the directorship of 221. Look into his leadership there just for starters. How can someone like him represent the labor movement when he could not lead his own local? In my opinion this is a hugh mistakes. I worked with Mr. Banks for years and was a formal Executive Board member that served on the board thru many County contract negotiations.

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BubbaMoon | February 4, 2013 at 9:06 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

Eric Banks created problems within SEIU Local 221 for many years. He cheated on elections and now there is an investigation occuring regarding the results of the last Exeuctive Board elections. He was accused of sexually harrassing a staff member and this local union is rumored to have settled the lawsuit for a large sum of money. There have been many complaints about Eric Banks and he is not qualified to take another public position. Our State cannot afford to have another huge problem working in Sacramento. This nomination could not be more inappropriate.

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JeanMarc | February 5, 2013 at 8:23 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

Why do we need unions? It's not like companies are forcing 10 year old boys to work in coal mines anymore. We have labor laws and OSHA. Unions should be abolished.

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Fight4workers | February 8, 2013 at 11:56 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

I agree that Eric Banks is the most unqualified individual that could ever have been suggested to be appointed to represent Californians on PERB. Lets not forget that he ran Local 221 into the ground as President. But the man never handled a PERB case OR represented an employee in anyway that would involve understanding any of the numerous laws covering California workers. He is neither a lawyer or a skilled and/or experienced labor\union representative. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR AND TELL THEM A NO VOTE IS THE ONLY WAY THEY WILL GET YOUR VOTE IN THE FUTURE.

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