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Local 600 Election Rerun: FAQ

June 10, 2011 Leave a comment

In case you had any questions here is the indisputable FAQ of the June 2011 re-run of the 2010 Local 600 Election, Western Region D.P./VFX Supervisor category.

Q: Why is Local 600 re-running the election for Western Region DP candidates for the National Executive Board?
A: Because the leadership of Local 600 agreed to do so, under threat of a civil action brought by the Federal Department of Labor (DOL).

Q: Why?
A: After a lengthy investigation, the DOL found probable cause that Local 600 violated Federal labor law.

Q: How did Local 600 break Federal labor law?
A: By illegally applying a new “Working-at-the-Trade” rule RETROACTIVELY in the 2010 election.

Q: What’s wrong with that?  Read more…

Local 600: Totalitarian Uniformity or Democratic Unity

June 10, 2011 Leave a comment

written by Kristin Glover

Dear Members,

Below is a statement I made at our March 12th – once a year – membership meeting. In rereading the notes I’d jotted down before speaking that day, I find that I had quite a bit of clarity about how I see our union and, in particular, our National Executive Board and those who run the union.

So, I am posting this on Viewfinder Redux, where members can read “alternative views” and I am sending it to the entire board, prior to our upcoming meeting, in hopes of stimulating a more open dialogue.

March 12, 2011.

UNITY… NOT UNIFORMITY…
Food for Thought

One of our “weaknesses” was described (by President Poster) as “arguing amongst our selves”. Translation: “debate is strongly discouraged and will be cut off as soon as possible.”

If the union leadership requires unquestioning allegiance by all and unquestioning acceptance of all of their plans, ideas, etc., then they tread into the dangerous ground of becoming a kind of dictatorship – even if it’s meant to be benevolent.  Read more…

Response to Attack on Haskell Wexler

June 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Post written by Kristin Glover

Dear Local 600 Membership,

One week ago you received an e-mail message: subject: “An Urgent Message from Local 600 Executive Board Candidates”

This is my response to those nine members:

Dear Lloyd Ahern, Allen Daviau, John Flinn III, Michael Goi, Stephen Lighthill, Donald A. Morgan, Michael O’Shea, Mark Weingartner and Lisa Wiegand,

How sad to see the nine of you falling over each other to sign on to a specious and error filled attack on one of the greatest human beings ever to grace our industry, much less our union. What disturbs me most, in addition to the mean spirited (cloaked in back handed compliments) attack on Haskell Wexler, is the fact that none of you bothered to check the facts. You believe what you are fed by those at the helm of Local 600. Haven’t you figured out by now that they have ulterior motives?

Hell, the leadership of the IA and Local 600 – (with the exception of the Gary Dunham presidency) – have been trying to silence Haskell Wexler (and others) for decades! Gosh, they actually “lost” the Brent’s Rule petitions (they mysteriously “disappeared” out of the safe in the Local 659 Office) when the issue was hot and Haskell was leading the charge to protect our members from life-threatening long hours. But the IA (and the producers) would have none of that. They have stopped at nothing to keep him, and those who support the “12 On 12 Off” principle, from accomplishing the goal of safe working conditions for film crews. Oh… our so-called leaders will tap dance around the issue – but in fact, they’ve buried it. That’s the way they want it.

As for the letter from the “Gang of Nine”, it is so filled with obfuscations, misinformation, and outright lies, that it’s hard to know where to begin.   Read more…

On Local 600’s Special NEB

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment

written by Douglas  Hart

Brothers and Sisters –

I was elected, as were all of you, to the National Executive Board of ICG Local 600.  I have been a board member or officer for 33 of my 36 years a member of Local 644, 666, & 600, winning those posts in approximately 20 elections since 1974.

I was invited to this Special NEB meeting with an email, as an ELECTED NEB Member, as were all of you.  I replied by FAX that I would be attending, which is my right under the Const. & BL of ICG Local 600, as an ELECTED NEB member.

Also in that meeting notice was the REQUEST that NEB members who filed protests to the 2010 ICG 600 Election were being asked to recuse themselves from this Special NEB.

Since there is nothing in the ICG Local 600 C&BL, and nothing in the IATSE Intl. C&BL, and nothing in Federal Law that would allow an ELECTED NEB member to be excluded from attending or voting at ANY Regular or Special NEB Meeting, I have chosen NOT to recuse myself from this or ANY other NEB meeting.           Read more…

A Letter To The Local 600 Executive Board

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment

written by Kristin Glover

Dear Fellow NEB Members,

I am writing to make an appeal to you – some of whom I’ve known for many years – regarding the NEB meeting planned for tomorrow, Saturday, February 19th, 2011:

As one of the 6 original “complainants” in the 2010 election protests that were eventually presented to the Department of Labor (DOL),  several duly elected NEB officers including myself, have been singled out to be prevented from participating in the Executive Session, dealing with the decisions coming down from the DOL.  We’ve been asked to recuse ourselves from that meeting and several of us have declined that request.

And here’s why: Read more…

To The Members Of Local 600

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

written by Haskell Wexler

I was nominated for various offices at the recent Local 600 election.  I accepted the NEB nomination.

Weeks later, an election committee ruled me ineligible.  Reason given: Haskell is not “Working in the Trade.”

I believe the rule as applied is unfair, illegal and discriminatory, not only to me but to many other members.  My union remedies were exhausted when President Loeb chose not to exercise his waiver.

Now my case, along with others, is part of legal dealings between Department of Labor lawyers and Adelstein.  You can read my full correspondence with President Loeb, as well as my letter of protest to the Department of Labor.      Read more…

Local 600 Gets Off With A Slap On The Wrist

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

written by Kristen Glover

LOCAL 600 & IA LEADERSHIP GET OFF WITH A SLAP ON THE
WRIST – AFTER ILLEGALLY ENFORCING THE “WORKING AT
THE TRADE RULE” RETROACTIVELY!!

Yes, this was BIG NEWS to me – when I spoke with the federal Department of Labor (DOL) attorneys on February 8th 2011. Apparently, the Local 600 Election Committee under the guidance of Local 600’s attorney David Adelstein, the Local 600 Officers, the National Executive Director (NED), and International President Matt Loeb, neglected to note or find out that enforcing the newly adopted rule (adopted to our Constitution and By Laws in the fall of 2009) retroactively was forbidden by LMRDA laws governing union elections.

I find this news quite shocking. I protested the ruling as unfair in its face, as it disproportionately discriminates against women, minorities, and older members – but was unaware that Local 600 had pulled a fast one by choosing to enforce it retroactively. It’s a ruling that requires 3 years qualification time – and it was created in 2009 and then enforced in February of 2010 – thus working backwards to Feb of 2007 – thus creating the illegal retroactive enforcement.          Read more…