In and out of Local 28, bad things happen when you are denied a democratic vote on political questions or have no right to elect your own officials.  Bad things also happen when we fail to vote.  And bad things are certain to follow when we vote wrongly.

The very first sign of a democracy gone bad is the emergence of a strong-arm leadership – with a god complex.

In the I.A and in Local 28….without one vote from the rank and file, after Joe Nigro was appointed General President by the G.E.C., after he was  appointed General Secretary Treasurer by the G.E.C., after he was appointed Assistant to the General President…our politics went bad.

Our democracy went bad, as obedience and police state control of all I.A. local unions and their officers became more important to Joe Nigro than Samuel Gompers’ command to “organize the unorganized”.

And we then lost 90,000 +- I.A. members – Nigro’s organizing miracle, even as the N.P.F. flat-lined, even as Local 28’s PAL money was skimmed off to the I.A.

And Joe Nigro then descended upon Local 28.  And…

god-like, Joe Nigro removed his elected opposition, Kevin Connors and Jimmy Cuiffo from office.  And…

god-like, Rob Soto was appointed  an I.A. replacement Financial Secretary Treasurer of Local 28.  And…

god-like, the unelected DiOrio removed the elected Brother Ray Lawlor from office and appointed his replacement.

The I.A. gods then imposed an eight hour day in Local 28 with B-card competition diluting A-card job opportunities – with still more changes to come.

And Brian McBrearty was then appointed Assistant Business Manager of Local 28, a job miraculously created  by the I.A.

Finally, Joe Nigro was elected at a convention – without opposition.   How god-like!

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ARTICLE TWELVE (12)

SECTION 1–NUMBER OF OFFICERS AND TITLES

 

SEC 1. The officers of each local union shall be a president, vice president, recording secretary, financial secretary-treasurer, conductor, warden, the members of the local union Executive Board and at least three (3) trustees. Except as provided in Section 3 of this Article, any offices and positions, the duties of which are not inconsistent, may be combined, or offices and positions previously combined may be separated by action of the local union at a special called meeting or as a special order of business at a regular meeting held not less than sixty (60) days prior to the next regular election.’

 

ARTICLE TWELVE (12)

SECTION 2–NUMBER OF BUSINESS MANAGERS AND BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES

SEC. 2. Each local union shall have one (1) business manager and may have additional business representatives all of whom shall be elected by the local union at the same time and in the same manner and for the same term as local union officers, provided that if, during the regular term of office of local union officers, a local union shall approve the election of additional business representatives they shall be elected during such term to serve until the next regular election of officers, business manager and business representatives.

 

 

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