Elections and Hijacked
Our Good Old Boys are on the defense, our even President
nominated one of his own boys for Recording Secretary, and
I don't think I have to tell you who. I think they're worried
their little world is falling apart. Great, lets keep them
worrying by showing them that we know how to stick together
too. We have another opportunity December 20, 2000 to demonstrate
what real solidarity is all about. Let's not waste it.
They are still manipulating and controlling the meetings.
At our December 10th meeting there was no Chairperson's
report or President's report. They rushed right into the
nominations and the swearing in of Ms. Parrott as Vice President,
and then closed the meeting, ignoring hands that were raised.
It was as if they were afraid someone might ask a few questions
that I think are on a lot of members minds. Like why is
the Press quoting Charley Alfred and not our President?
Is Alfred still involved in negotiating a new product for
this plant? If so, why? Is Alfred still calling the shots
in this local? If so, why? Why is Alfred hanging around
our meetings like an ex-lover who won't take the hint and
find another life? His presence upstages our Presidents
authority and casts a cloud over the proceedings. He needs
to be put on notice to stay out of the affairs of this local.
Our President also made a point that he will not tolerate
letters like this. It seems someone wrote a bogus letter
and made it look like mine. Their letter criticized the
union and our Vice President. I have done neither in my
letters. Our Vice President hasn't been in office long enough
to criticize. I think we can guess who put out the bogus
letter; it proves they're running scared. I'm proud to be
a member of the UAW; it's the leadership that I'm ashamed
of, both locally and Internationally. Read the other side
of this letter and you'll see that we have the right under
a Federal Law (LMRDA) to criticize union policies and officers.
We also have the right to write and distribute leaflets
and newsletters. I will continue to do so as long as we
have self-serving officials. This union belongs to the membership
of Local 239, not our officials. Vote to take back your
Burks Big Lie
If you recall, last February 2000, I called Don Burks (appointed
shop Chairperson at Allison) to inquire about applying to
Allison Transmissions. When I told him I was a Document
28 employee, he said, "Oh, you're the ones with the
kiss of death." Well Mr. Burks, now you’re a Document
28 employee, although it's unfortunate you're next door
and not 300 miles or more from home like most of us.
The December 5th edition of the Baltimore Sun quoted Mr.
Burks as saying, "Everyone is treated the same."
Burks went on to say, "There is no favoritism here."
Mr. Burks, do you have a memory problem? You can lie to
the Press all you want, but those of us in the Baltimore
assembly plant and at Allison Transmissions know better.
Sure, there may not be favoritism now, but the very foundation
of the Allison plant was built on nepotism and especially
favoritism, including your own position.
If the membership of Allison is as wise to their self-serving
officials as we in the assembly plant have become, then
you Mr. Don "Kiss of Death" Burks and your clones
will be history after your elections also. So if lying helps
you sleep at night and makes you feel better about yourself,
then go for it. Just remember this Mr. Burks, every time
an Allison employee sees you or one of your appointees walking
by, they resent and despise you, and will remember what
you've done. You'll find out just how much when you hold
your own elections. We, the membership at both plants, will
have the last word.
Check out Websites
If local and especially International officials had their
way, the membership would be kept in the dark when it comes
to knowing their rights. Visit and explore these websites
and become informed. Knowledge is power. http://hawk.addr.com/uawsc/index.htm
and of course the UAW Internationals own site at, http://www.uaw.org.