Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Five Minutes With: Frank Spencer

On November 26, 2007 acting on a petition by the NYC District Council, General President Douglas McCarron ordered an emergency, temporary supervision over Local 157, and appointed the UBC’s Eastern District Vice President Frank Spencer to lead this supervision and oversee the orderly restoration and responsible management of Local 157. We met with Frank on December 11, and talked about the current state of Local 157 and what this supervision means for the future.

Local 157 blogspot: What exactly does an emergency supervision mean?

Frank: Under section 10H of the UBC Constitution General President McCarron granted me full supervisory authority over Local 157, and the power to assume and exercise full and complete authority over the conduct of Local 157, which would include the authority to enforce collective bargaining agreements, the authority to administer all of the locals assets, the authority to appoint conduct and cancel meetings, the authority to remove and hire any and all offices, delegates, stewards and employees.

Right now all membership meetings have been suspended and bank accounts and assets of the local are frozen. We are currently analyzing the books to stabilize the locals state of affairs to protect the welfare of its members and insuring the proper functioning of Local 157.

Local157 blogspot: How long do you anticipate the supervision to last?

Frank: It depends upon how quick we can get things turned around. We will know more after the December 18, hearings.

Local157 blogspot: What happens to the elected officers of a local placed under supervision?

Frank: All officers of the executive board and the locals delegates to the District Council have been suspended.

Local157 blogspot: How will replacements be selected to fill the vacated elected local positions?

Frank: General President Douglas McCarron will make all appointments with recommendations from EST Mike Forde and myself.

Local157 blogspot: There is going to be hearings schedule, what can you tell me about that.

Frank: General President McCarron will appoint a hearing committee made up of board members from the UBC.

Hearings will take place at the NYC District Council on Tuesday, December 18. There will be three sessions starting at 8:30 am to 11:30 am, 1:00pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

All members of Local 157 will have an opportunity to appear at the hearing and present testimony and their views regarding the conduct of the affairs of local 157.

Local157 blogspot: How will the College Scholarship Program and Sick Fund Program be affected?

Frank: We will apprise and evaluate the situation at a later time after the hearings.

Local157 blogspot: What do you think about our website?

Frank: It's very good, as long as it's accurate.

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