Mark Galardo, Mike Dimon, Larry Toledo, and Steve Cannone have been trying to get Eric kicked off the Grievance Committee from the day he was elected.
First they tried to flat out kick him off the Committee because he recused himself after the Committee refused to stop processing chiseling complaints, but the Local’s lawyers told them that they could not do that. Mark Williams told them that the only way he would remove an elected official was if he had a letter of resignation.
After Eric challenged the Grievance Committee’s authority to adjudicate chiseling complaints by offering to help Steven Black and by filing a Section 13.3 discrimination complaint against the Committee; Steve Cannone along Mark, Mike, and Larry decided to up their efforts to remove him.
Los Angeles Technical College student/labor expert Larry Toledo decided to file “conduct unbecoming” charges against Eric related to something that happened at the Caucus in San Francisco, and because of what is posted on this alleged “anti-union” website.
Larry is claiming that a flier that Eric put out during the negotiations cost the Union 100 million dollars.
Super duper labor expert Larry Toledo somehow figures that Eric’s flier cost the Union 50 cents per hour, because Big Bob was asking for $7/hour and he only got $6.50/hour. Using his math skills Larry figured that the 50 cents/hour over the term of the contract comes to $100 million.
Larry, who was not a Delegate, produced “some” Caucus transcripts which are not even available to the elected Delegates to “prove” his claim.
Larry produced half of the transcripts related to the Caucus discussions about Eric’s flier, but forgot to include the part where Big Bob explained that PMA was offering $5.50/hour when Jim McKenna slid Eric’s flier across the table. Bob told the Caucus that he used the flier to get another $1/hour, and Eric got a standing ovation and handshakes from Big Bob, Ray Familathe, and Ray Ortiz after he spoke.
Using Larry’s math Eric made the Union $200 million.
Student/labor expert Larry needs to learn to tell the whole story, and that half truths and outright fabrications are not the way to become a successful labor negotiator.
Student/labor expert Larry also needs to learn that the NLRB is a Federal Government Agency whose rules and decisions apply in all states.
Larry seems to think that the NLRB vs ILWU Local 23 decision, to find merit to a charge that fining or threatening to fine members for posting union information on the internet is a violation of Section 7 of the ACT, does not apply to Local 13, just because he says so.
The Minutes of the last Committee Meeting show it was agreed to have Larry write a letter to Bobby claiming that Eric recused himself from the Grievance Committee all together, even though Eric left before Larry had even arrived. Apparently, they decided not to write the letter.
At the Grievance Committee Meeting yesterday, the Larry, Mike, Mark and Steve braintrust decided that if they can’t resign for him, and they are to lazy to try and recall him, they will just vote at each meeting to exclude him from the meeting.
Yes, that’s right, these geniuses think they can just rig a vote at every meeting to exclude an elected official, Eric, without going through all those pesky recall procedures.
Who taught them that? Was it student/labor expert Larry?
The best part is that last night Eric’s “friends”, “Mr. Harvard”, Josh “Youngblood” Flores, and Fernando Herrera, showed up to the meeting. Josh is on the Committee, and Fernando was sworn in as a temporary member even though there was a quorum of regular members.
When Mike Dimon, wanabe LRC Representative, made a motion to exclude Eric from the meeting, both Josh and Fernando decided not to vote. Eric was expelled by a vote of 3 to 1.
With “friends” like that, who needs enemies?
This is far from over, and I can’t help but wonder; what are these bullies going to do when the JPLRC takes back all the chiseling complaints, just like the contract mandates?
We are not anti-union, just anti-bully.
Chug, chug. chug……