At last weeks Union meeting at Local 23, Tacoma, it seems that Roger Boespflug’s inability to answer the question of why Local 23 was being asked to vote on Local 4, Local 8 & Local 19’s tentative Grain Agreement caused a change of plan for Dean McGrath and Local 23’s corrupt leadership.
When Roger stumbled with his answers it became obvious to Dean that they were not going to be able to pass a motion to vote on Local 4, Local 8 & Local 19’s Grain deal, so he jumped in and suggested that a special meeting be held last Monday for any members who had questions.
It turns out that the meeting on Monday was more than just about questions and answers, it was about deception and lies. Dean and Roger rounded up about 50 members and decided they could pass a motion to hold the vote on Seattle’s tentative Grain agreement, which they did.
50 members at a basically secret meeting passed a motion to hold the ratification vote today, August 22nd, and Monday August 25th.
Look out Tacoma, your ILA history is starting to show.
Since when does the supposedly democratic ILWU allow 50 members to hold secret meetings that decide the fate of the other 850 members?
Since Dean McGrath and Roger Boespflug decided that they need to have Local 23 ratify Local 4, Local 8 & Local 19’s Grain Agreement, so everybody gets the same TEMCO agreement they already signed in secret, and Big Bob’s secret Grain deal gets forced down everyone’s throat.
Secrets and lies, mixed with deception and bluff, the new ILWU negotiating strategy.
Vote NO, if you don’t like being lied to.