Archive for April, 2014

Isn’t it Interesting

Isn’t it interesting that Bob DiOrio, the I.A.’s so called leader of this local union has just now seen fit to bestir himself and communicate with 28’s membership with his April 26 letter.

When was the last time you saw DiOrio?  Heard his voice?  At a meeting?  At a picket line?  At the office?  On the job?  When was the last time you heard from DiOrio on the business of Local 28 or any matter?  When was the last time you could ask him a question?  What has he been doing for this membership over the last six months?  There are some serious questions and shortcomings with DiOrio’s administration of Local 28’s affairs.  Yet he managed to stay quiet, secluded, hidden from view.  Until NOW.  Why NOW?

What brought him out of the shadows?  The  guess is; he received a new set of instructions from Washington.  The guess is; the recently filed complaint in Federal Court vs Nigro has quickened the pulse of DiOrio’s boss.  The 28, trustee is perhaps now operating under a new set of rushed instructions: – DO SOMETHING – ANYTHING!  And ipso fact, 28 members get a letter from DiOrio –  a fairly informative letter.

And but for DiOrio’s gratuitous commentary on the fact that Local 28 failed to “profit” on the celebratory activities of its 100 year anniversary, the letter might have slipped under the radar.  (note to DiOrio – corporations make profits – not unions)

But after seeing a certain smirk in DiOrio’s gratuitous no “profit” editorial and remembering that Nigro’s I.A. flat out refused to financially support the 28 celebration, it was easier to catch the smell of the I.A.’s business as usual, low regard for 28.  After seeing the smirk in the letter, one then comes upon a certain smell in the letter, where DiOrio informs: 28 members now have permission to send Resolutions to the next I.A. convention.  How nice.  We can send Nigro letters.   😉

The odor comes from the DiOrio failure to provide the members any concrete information about whether Local 28 will actually participate in the general convention.  We know he must await permission before he speaks.  So we wait.  But maybe in the next letter, DiOrio will be using a deodorant.  And if he does, maybe he will actually inform us as to whether or not, 28 will be sending elected convention delegates who will actually have voice and vote at the convention.  Or does 28 continue as Nigro’s gulag until the day we are rescued by the courts – if ever?

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TAKE BACK LOCAL #28

APRIL 17, 2014

Brothers and Sisters,

THE TIME IS NOW! WE HAVE FIRED BACK AND SUED THE IA AND WILL CONTINUE THIS FIGHT ON ALL FRONTS TO RETURN THIS LOCAL TO THE MEMBERS.  THIS IS WHAT’S AT STAKE:

  1. Your right to elect honest union leadership and stop the looting of Local #28 and its Funds.
  2. Your right to negotiate and vote on your contract.
  3. Your right to have a say in how much money you pay for the EEOC settlement and your vote on the IA’s idea of a 100% mandatory Hiring Hall.
  4. Your right to have a real union meeting with a voice and a vote.

TAKE THE 1ST STEP! WE ALREADY HAVE!  We have set up a Fund and made our contribution.  WE ARE ASKING YOU TO SEND THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTION YOU CAN AND also TO PLEDGE $10.00 A MONTH.

YOUR BIGGEST CONTRIBUTION CAN BE PAID BY CHECK OR PLEASE VISIT PAY PAL: http://bit.ly/1i8Zklm

Payments by check can be made to: Sheet Metal Legal Defense c/o Artie Fitzpatrick at 14 Lincoln Street, Babylon, N.Y. 11702-1806.

FOR YOUR REOCCURRING MONTHLY $10.00 PLEDGE, PLEASE VISIT PAY PAL: http://bit.ly/1eNGbXo

FOR THE PRICE OF ONE LUNCH AT A NYC DELI YOU CAN SAVE THIS LOCAL.

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS ON ANY CORRESPONDENCE SO WE CAN KEEP YOU UPDATED ON THE FIGHT AND OUR FINANCES.

THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT AND GOD BLESS LOCAL #28.

KEVIN CONNORS                                                  JIMMY CUIFFO

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PAY THE PIPER

 

This local union has debts: debt to those who went before us, debt to those who come after us, and debt to those who must now pay what’s due.  Somehow over the years, we let slip from our hands, the future of this local union.  We lost self-control – autonomy.  Now the piper wants his due, or he takes the future.

We, the leadership and the membership, have delivered Local 28 and the future of the unionized sheet metal industry of metropolitan NYC into the hands of the likes of a Joe Nigro.  We gave it up foolishly, slowly, painlessly, willingly, naively, innocently and surely.  And we continue daily to give it up to a clique of appointed I.A. bureaucrats from cities and states spectacularly unfamiliar with the pulse and pace of this city and the tri state construction market – a formula of failure – that is being encouraged and repeated in every local in the I.A.

Shamefully and sadly, local unions everywhere are giving up their autonomy to a quiet devolution toward trickle down democracy.  Locals no longer support, participate in, or contribute expertise to the I.A.  Under Nigro’s I.A, local unions everywhere are now subjects of the I.A.

Joe Nigro is a lightweight General President, proof of the Peter Principle.  As with the International Training Institute (ITI) debacle, he will fess up to no failures.  It’s not in his nature.  Nor will he ever be able to rightly claim any accomplishments as an appointed General President.  They were beyond his vision.  He is a grasping politician, who was in the right place at the right time when Michael Sullivan trumped Artie Moore’s bid for re-election as GP.  Nigro is a nit-picker.  Not a leader.  Nigro now concerns himself with 28’s phone bills as our I.A. membership falls from 130,000 to less than 100,000.  Nigro fines Jimmy Cuiffo $10,000.00 for a failure to timely read a Nigro letter to the members of 28, and he hand picks judges and juries to hear endless nit-picking allegations against our local and its officials.  Nigro blindly pisses away the last of the good will of our members for the I.A. – and to him it is all a mystery.  The NPF is a symbol of the I.A.’s competence and incompetence and Nigro stands atop the stinking heap.

Make your choice.

The lawsuit filed by Kevin Connors and Jimmy Cuiffo is a stand for an autonomous Local 28,  a local that is not a subject of the I.A.  Every one of our members who so believes should stand with that lawsuit.  ASSESS yourselves.  When the time comes, financially support the lawsuit.  The lawsuit is not against the I.A., it is against a rogue GP.  The law suit is a shot.

On the other hand, if you think Nigro is right for your future, keep your hands in your pocket.

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Nigro is in Court

Nigro is in court.    Kevin Connors and Jimmy Cuiffo and four signatory members, Arthur Fitzpatrick, Billy Miranda, Joe Cangeleri and Barry Kilpatrick  have filed a complaint in US District Court, Southern District of New York against Joe Nigro and the I.A.  The complaint is looking to overturn the Nigro trusteeship of Local 28.  The complaint argues that Nigro illegally continued the Sullivan trusteeship and therefore it should be overturned.  Grounds to overturn the complaint include allegations that the Nigro trusteeship: a.  illegally interfered  with the 28 trust fund lawsuit against former Business Mgr. Belluzzi and trust fund administrator McGrath;   b.  illegally (it was politically motivated) exacts political retribution against Kevin Connors and Local 28, as Kevin had announced his intent to challenge Joe Nigro  as a candidate for SMART General President;  c. the trusteeship was improperly instituted under the rules of the I.A. Constitution and Ritual because Kevin and Jimmy were never given the opportunity to properly defend against the trusteeship’s allegations nor given the due process necessary under applicable law and I.A. rules;  d. the Nigro trusteeship was illegally re-instituted because it was a sham in that the I.A. and Nigro had never really terminated the Sullivan  trusteeship, in that the first trusteeship was falsely and wrongly continued as a supervision of Local 28 and thereafter, on November 13, 2013 was renamed the Nigro trusteeship.

A permanent link/copy to the full complaint will be posted to the Ventlines Guest Opinion pages.

 

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