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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…

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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…

Be Aware!

May 7, 2010 Leave a comment

A new ethical low — desperate and extreme in it’s Karl Rove like approach — has been reached in the appeal to our members to vote against their best self-interests by dissolving Local 600’s California Non-Profit Corporate status.

The flyers and emails provided by Steven Poster cynically fail to provide you with all of the information that you, as members, should have been provided either at a meeting* or in printed materials.

* Brother Steven Poster only allowed approximately 25 minutes for Old and New Business at the recent Annual National Membership meeting, preventing members from bringing issues forward for discussion.

To make an informed vote, you need to know exactly what legal protections members currently have under the Corporations Code versus what they would have as members of an Unincorporated Association.    Read more…

Doug Hart Responds To Claims by electstevenposter.com

May 5, 2010 Leave a comment

On April 27, 2010, I read the following statements that were posted on electstevenposter.com, the website of president and candidate Steven Poster during this election campaign. It is time to set the record straight.

The bold italic text was posted on ElectStevenPoster.com.

The indented text contains  commentary by Doug Hart.

Who We Are, What We Stand For, and Why

Openness

· This Administration has held more Craft Meetings than any administration of Local 600, ever! We do that so that we can spend the time we need to get down to the real issues that our members need to see addressed.

Yes, but these Craft Meetings were ALL scheduled DURING the 2007 election, during the period between the mailing out of the ballots and the ballot return deadline. The meetings “conveniently” served as a campaigning opportunity for Poster & Gitlin, AT THE LOCAL’S EXPENSE. Read more…

“We Are A Union” by Haskell Wexler

May 4, 2010 1 comment

Ballots are out for local 600’s Union election.

Sorry … “Guild” ballots.

No so long ago, three regional locals combined to unite us, to make our Union stronger.

Yet our first National President, George Dibie, proclaimed us to be a Guild. A “classier” name, he said. Bruce Doering agreed and defended his 1/4 million dollar salary as being more appropriate for the executive director of a Guild — a title that would “encourage producers to give him respect.”

The new Guild — rather than incorporating the hard-fought gains enjoyed by the East Coast and Midwest locals — expended its capital to prove to producers that Guilds are nicer than Unions. Studios and mega-corporations are “our industry” and, to benefit them, we need to be “industry friendly”. Or so the story goes.

Just as pre-industrial guilds were organizations of craftsmen, existing solely to serve the feudal lords, our pretend “union” now exists to provide skilled workers to the industry under pay and conditions that may vary according to whatever is “in the budget”.    Read more…

Your Right To Run For Office

May 4, 2010 Leave a comment

The IATSE Convention of 2009 in Orlando, Florida brought with it more exclusionary changes to our union. As members’ rights are poised to be reduced by the so called “Green Ballot”, your rights have already been severely curtailed by a vote pushed through by Steven Poster and Eastern Region Director Chaim Kantor at the IA Convention.

Several of us (now officially named as the evil CDU’ers) spoke out against a new Constitution and By Laws amendment on the Convention floor. Of course, we were reviled by Poster, Kantor and others – as it is their dearest wish to make Local 600 more and more exclusionary – a nice little club… for the chosen few. First class airfare anyone???

In brief, the amendment requires that only “working members” – can run for office. That’s the broad stroke. Federal labor law stipulates that one must be “a member in good standing” and that’s it. As you’ll read the text of the amendment, you’ll see that the hoops you must now jump through in order to qualify to run for office will make it more and more difficult for many members.

Please take a few minutes to read the following text. It will make it clear. Read more…

Poster’s Committee System Is Corrupt To The Core

May 4, 2010 Leave a comment

AND HERE’S WHY:

As President of Local 600, Poster gets to create the committees, hand picking each individual member.

Since his rise to power, he has removed all progressives from any committee chair positions, and has removed anyone he sees as a potential “threat” to his agenda, from any committee where they might effectively oppose his and Bruce Doering’s and David Adelstein’s plans (David Adelstein is ICG’s legal counsel..

Progressives are relegated to a “lesser” committee, such as the Green Committee. I was put on it and thought, well, I like the idea of a Green Committee, let’s see what we can do, but when we came up with some great ideas to present to the IA Convention, they were stonewalled by Poster/Doering/Adelstein – as potentially “dangerous” to the IA.

So, we did nothing and then, several months later, the IA came out with a Green newsletter.  Read more…