The honorable Mike Dimon held court again last night at the Local 13 Grievance Committee meeting, only this time things did not go exactly as he planned.
The meeting started out with the run of the mill chiseling complaints, like the first time offender who added 6 hours to a flop that he did not need to. No one tapped his shoulder and pointed out his error, so Larry, the self appointed chisel patrol, made a note, said nothing, waited till the end of the month, and wrote him up for a $6,000 chiseling complaint.
Grievance Committee Chairman, Mike Dimon, and Attorney of Facts, Jonathan Lamborn, laid down the law and said they were going to assess him a $500 fine and told him that he can let the rest of the $6.000 sit and after 5 years it will be forgiven. This is how they help members and enforce the dispatch rules.
In one fell swoop, Mike and Jonathan make $500 for the Local and create another member with unpaid fines and assessments. Another member who cannot sign a recall petition, or double out, or travel, or transfer, or train on equipment, or run for elected positions, but who can vote as a member in good standing as long as his dues are paid.
What happened to helping members, especially first time offenders?
When did the union change from helping members, to bullying members?
To protect the innocent, I cannot write about what other fun and games were played at last nights meeting until after they are finished.
However, what I can say is, a lot of lip service was given to “due process” and democracy, which worked out well for one member who got their grievance held over so the evidence could be played at the next meeting.
If I were a member of Local 13, I would attend the next Grievance Committee meeting because it will be very interesting.
To be continued……