The GOBs Seal of Approval
We finally had a Union Meeting after 15 months. I expected
a bigger turn out because of the mixed messages the GM/UAW
Team was, and is, putting out about whether we would collect
unemployment and Sub, or be put in the Jobs Bank, since
we're loosing our jobs due to the plant closing, but I guess
everyone's playing it by ear, and waiting to see what happens
when that time comes. Maybe everyone will attend the March
We'll never know all the details of what went on during
that 15-month gap between meetings, because the Gobs like
to keep things to themselves. They still held monthly Executive
Board Meetings, but the Minutes of the meetings that are
read at union meetings are condensed and therefore sketchy
at best. Trying to gain access to the Minutes on your own,
even if you have an appointment with the Recording Secretary
or President is like pulling teeth.
In fact, one of President Plummer's promises after he was
sworn in was to have the Minutes posted. He said we'd be
the most informed membership this local has ever had, but
like his promises to put out a monthly Newsletter and to
shake up the Appointee System, they were just empty promises.
I was surprised during the Recording Secretary's report
when she read that a motion was made last May to purchase
1,000 tickets for UAW/GM Day at a cost of $5,000, half of
which will be reimbursed by GM. Just so there wasn't any
misunderstanding, I asked her to read May's Minutes again.
Then I asked Plummer if GM reimbursed the local for half
the cost of the tickets and he said, "Yes."
On 12.18.04 I wrote the Chairman about the information
that was revealed at December's union meeting, and it's
relevance to my being severely disciplined last September.
He ignored my concerns in his 01.04.05 response, so on 02.05.05
I sent Region 8 Servicing Rep, Roger 'Beatle' Griffin, the
This letter is an official request for information pertaining
to the Disposition of my Grievance and Appeal Case. The
Shop Chairman's letter-dated 01.04.05 stated that you would
appeal the Grievance and Appeal Case to the 4th step of
the Grievance Procedure.
The Chairman's letter also states that Management; "Was
unwilling to pay and clear my case at the 3rd step."
Needless to say, Mgt's reluctance to settle this case and
letting it progress this far reaffirms my suspicions that
there is something sinister going on here.
According to May's EB Meeting Minutes that were read at
December's Meeting, "A motion was made, seconded and
carried, to purchase Tickets for UAW/GM Night at the Ballpark
on June 12th 2004." The Recording Secretary went on
to say that "The Local would purchase 1,000 Tickets
at a cost of $5,000, half of which will be reimbursed by
GM." I even questioned President Plummer about this
and he said that GM did reimburse the union for half the
cost of the tickets, thus indicating that UAW/GM night was
indeed a Jointly Funded Event.
GM severely disciplined me on 09.14.04 for allegedly violating
Plant Rule # 29 because I lacked documentation to support
my claim that UAW/GM night was a Jointly Funded Event in
my Observations # 34 Newsletter. However, according to information
that was revealed at December's meeting, GM knew when they
were disciplining me, as did the Chairman, that my claim
was indeed factual because they both had the necessary documentation
in their possession, but proceeded to persecute me anyway.
Therefore Brother Griffin, I suspect that since Mgt and
my Union Reps have been unsuccessful in their individual
and collective efforts to silence me legitimately during
the last 5 years, and God knows they've tried, I believe
Mgt is violating Plant Rule # 29 by accusing me of being
in violation of the same Rule.
And I suspect my Union Rep's are just going through the
motions by reluctantly filing a grievance and prolonging
a quick settlement by putting it on hold at each step. I
can't help but suspect that Mgt, or my Union Reps, concocted
this scheme with the others knowledge for the explicit purpose
of silencing me so my Newsletters don't influence another
Executive Board Election, which is rapidly approaching.
Therefore Brother Griffin, as an upstanding member of the
UAW for over 28 years, I believe you, since the Chairman
has refused, should at least give me the courtesy of confirming
or denying my suspicions so that this issue, and my allegations
can be put in their proper perspectives.
Please forward your response, hard copy please, and any
information pertaining to the Disposition of my Grievance
and Appeal Case to the address above, or have my Committeeman
deliver a hard copy on official UAW Stationary to me in
the plant. Thank you.
Griffin also ignored my concerns, and allegations of a
plot between the Gobs and Mgt. In his 02.07.05 response,
all he told me was that my Grievance and Appeal Case are
now at the 4th step. And like the Chairman, he also said
that I could call him if I needed any further assistance.
I don't think so.
Griffin is a GOB, plain and simple. And like all International
Reps, up to and including the UAW's President, he was appointed
and therefore accountable only to his appointers. I refuse
to talk to him on the phone or without a witness, because
experience has taught me that the Gobs will look you in
the eye and lie, and then there's no proof of what they've
told you. Which is why I want hardcopies only.
I don't hold out any hope that Griffin, or any Appointed
Rep will fight for me. In my opinion the evidence is obvious;
Mgt violated Plant Rule # 29 when they disciplined me for
allegedly violating the same rule, but I guess the Rules
don't apply to those who make them. And since International
Reps refuse to address my concerns, or allegations of a
plot to silence me by the Local GM/UAW Team, I can only
assume that they too gave Mgt their seal of approval.
I wrote the following in Observations # 35 and I feel it
deserves repeating because I honestly believe it's true;
"The Gobs are powerless to silence me because of the
Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, so Mgt is
acting as their "Knight In Shining Armor" and
coming to their rescue," literally. Which is why we
must shake up the Executive Board again and again and again,
Short Changed $31,500 or The Boot for a Bag
Another surprise that was revealed at December's meeting
was that the Gobs had to pay out $17,500 because a Secretary
that Plummer had fought so hard to get back had filed an
unfair labor charge against them. The Gobs alleges that
they fired the Secretary for insubordination and for conducting
personnel business during work hours. The Local's $10,000
Lawyer advised them that they didn't have a case and should
pay the Secretary $7,500 in lost wages.
Lets see if I've got this straight. The Delegates, Alternates
and the Five Extra People all got caught with their hands
in the 02 Conventions Cookie Jar by International Auditors
and had to pay back only $5,000 of the $19,000 that they
misused. Therefore we were already out $14,000 for the Cookie
Jar incident, and now were out another $10,000 in Lawyer's
fees plus an additional $7,500 in lost wages to the Secretary,
That's a grand total of $31,500 that the Gob's selfishness
cost this Local in just 3 years. And they have the nerve
to give us a bag for Christmas. Didn't GM give us two similar
bags? How many do we need anyway? With the Truck Plant closing
in a few weeks, you'd think the Gobs would give us something
more meaningful, or memorable, like one of those colorful
Windbreakers they're all wearing. $31,500 would have bought
a lot of Windbreakers, but nooo, they give us another damn
A co-worker called the work center about the bags and the
Zoneman said it was the President's idea. The Paint Shop's
Committeemen said it was the VP's idea. They can't even
admit to their own stupid decisions. Anytime the Executive
Board spends money, they all have to approve it and then
get the memberships' approval. Oh yeah, except for the 02
Convention Cookie Jar incident. Anyway, no one Board Member
is responsible for giving us a bag, they all are. Remember
that when election time comes around. They short changed
us $31,500 and left us holding an empty bag; so it's only
fitting that we give them The Boot, again.
Everyone? Someone? Anyone? No One?
It's irritating when he treats us like children. The Plant
Manager gave us another Challenge. He said if we come to
work every day and don't have any unexcused absences between
01.10.05 and the closing of the Truck Plant, we'd be eligible
for one of three vans. Those eligible will have their names
put in a barrel, three names will be randomly selected and
the lucky winners will get a fully loaded 2005 Chevy Astro
Van. Yeah right!
I wonder if he'll change the conditions of meeting the
challenge, like excluding people for being late, or for
criticizing the GM/UAW Joint Programs and Policies. After
all, this is the same guy who promised us a Chinese Toy
Mini Van in another Challenge and then changed his mind,
twice, because we didn't meet his bogus numbers for the
DRR or DRL projections, or something like that.
The general consensus is that like the Suggestion Awards
Drawings, the GM/UAW Team already knows who will be driving
off with the New Vans. Experience has taught us that nothing
about Jointness is on the up and up. We knew the system
was corrupt when a Labor Rep won $2,000 in the December
of 02 Suggestion Awards Drawing. Why should we expect the
Van Drawing to be any different?
We know what to expect. The GM/UAW Team will give one to
someone in personnel, another one to anyone in supervision,
and since everyone on the line isn't worthy of recognition,
they'll give one to a Gob, Appointee or one of their yum-yums,
and we all know there's no one more deserving than one of