Angelo “The Greek” Anikos has been elected Business Agent 2 times, but he is not part of the clique that has controlled Local 13 for the last 20 years, and he was posing a threat to run for President so Bobby O Jr. and his crew decided to take him out, by using the Trial Committee.
On August 5, 2014, Bobby filed a charge against Angelo Andrikos, accusing him of “conduct and offense detrimental to the Local and unionism in general” “that involved abuse and misuse of his position as Relief Business Agent by seeking to obtain personal gains from the employers in the form of compensation and work hours for services not performed,” and he claimed that Angelo did it “no less than fourteen times.” Bobby O’s 8-5-14 Charge against Angelo
Angelo did not misuse his position to force the Employers to compensate him for compensation for work hours for services not performed, he put his name in along with others for in-lieu-of payments and/or lost work opportunity claims related to Employer violations of the PCLCD. No Employer complaints were filed related to any of the payments.
Angelo did not decide to do what he did on his own, he was doing the same thing other Business Agents were doing and what he was taught to do by other Business Agents. It may seem inappropriate to some, but there are no rules governing the assignment of in-lieu-of’s and no one told him it was forbiden.
According to the documents, Bobby claims the practice started in the middle of June and stopped after a meeting Angelo, Bobby and Mark Williams had with the Local’s lawyers, who explained it was not a recommended practice. The lawyers also recommended doing nothing, other than stopping, and Mark agreed, but Bobby had other plans.
Bobby wanted to eliminate Angelo from the competition for the position of President and set out to demonize him, then use the Trial Committee to bar him from running for Office.
Bobby did not once tell Angelo that he should stop, or that there was anything wrong with what he was doing, instead he stood by and watched and waited for Angelo to do it 14 times, then wrote him up for conduct detrimental to the Union. How do you watch a guy do something 14 times, say nothing, then bring him up on charges?
In fact on May 28, 2014, Bobby used his position as Local 13 President and called company 740, Pasha steel dock, and got his Superintendent friend who used to live across the street to put both “The Greek” and “Scary Jerry” on the payroll, for ghost lashing jobs, bypassing the Dispatch Hall, in complete violation of the dispatch rules, in exchange for watching his mom while they all attended a luncheon at City Hall.
Bobby’s August 5th Charge requests “election” of a Trail Committee.
Local 13’s Constitution states a Trial Committee will be elected at the Union meeting right after the Charge has been read by the Secretary/Treasurer. Local 13 Trial Committee Constitutional Procedure
At the meeting 26 members signed up, one of them an Executive Board member, even though Mike Plante was told he could not sign up because he is on the E-Board. One member got so excited, he signed up twice.
Instead of electing the Trial Committee in accordance with the Constitution and the agreed to Trial Committee Guidelines, Mark decided to draw names out of a hat with a Local 13 secretary, in secret. No witnesses. In secret.
It’s a miracle, all of Bobby’s boys got picked including Executive Board member Mike Diamon and Grievance Committee member Jonathan Lamborn, who ended up as Trial Committee Chair. Angelo’s Trial Commitee Cite letter 9-8-14
When Angelo questioned the way the committee was selected, and questioned the inclusion of union officials despite the past practice of excluding officials in favor of regular members, he was told everything was done correctly and the Trial Committee was proceeding.
When Angelo questioned what Local 13 Union rule, or Constitution rule, he had violated and why wasn’t he given a letter from the Attorney of Fact, in accordance with Trial Committee Guideline item 6, which requires specific notice of ALL the relevant sections of the Constitution allegedly violated, he was told everything was done correctly and the Trial Committee was proceeding. Local 13 Trial Committee Procedure
When Angelo pointed out that the Local had only informed him one day before the hearing that they did not cite witnesses, and he asked for additional time to cite his witnesses, he was denied and told that the Trial Committee was proceeding.
When Angelo explained that he was under the influence of prescription medication, unable to answer questions, and asked to reschedule the hearing, he was denied and told that the Trial Committee was proceeding.
After Angelo left the hearing feeling ill, the Trial Committee proceeded to find him guilty as charged, fined him $6,000 and told him he is barred from running for Union Office for 13 years.
13 Years? Really? How do you come up with 13 years?
11-15-14 OK – Checked it out. According to Section 504 of the LMRDA, if a person is convicted in court of certain crimes they are barred from holding union office for 13 years.
Convicted after a real trial in a real court, not a kangaroo court using the what ever they feel like rules.
By the way, the OLMS also prohibits individuals who knowingly make false statements of material facts or fail to disclose material facts in any labor organization report required by the LMRDA, like the LM-2, from holding union office for 13 years, Mark Williams.
Interesting that the guy running the Trial Committee procedure that barred Angelo from holding office for 13 years, is the guy who knowingly filed false LM-2 reports required by the LMRDA.
Who knows, when the DOL is done with their investigation, Mark Williams might be the guy who gets barred from union office for 13 years.
What goes around, comes around.