|Irrational no apology– Bilello|
I would appreciate your views regarding the pending charges (see below, which were referred to the Trial Committee) against NYC District Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Mike Bilello.
Unique to the New York City District Council of Carpenters, Section 5.f of the DC Bylaws, among other things state:
"any District Council Delegate may file a complaint with the Trial Committee Chairman and there by initiate an arbitration to be conducted before a three-member panel consisting of the Trial Committee Chairman, Trial Committee Vice Chairman, and a third arbitrator to be chosen by the Trial Committee Chairman and Trial Committee Vice Chairman. All decisions of said panel must be supported by substantial evidence and any party to the proceeding may seek review of a decision with the District Court."
Despite having made several good faith offers to EST Bilello to resolve this situation with a simple apology to the Delegate Body, Bilello irrationally chooses to waste the time, energy, and resources of the District Council by continuing to drag us down this unfortunate and embarrassing road.
In seeking arbitration there must be a distinct issue and request for an award.
I ask all my UBC brothers and sisters to carefully review the charges and articles below, and to post your views on what remedy should be sought by arbitration.
The Stipulated Issue is: Did NYCDC EST Mike Bilello violate articles of the UBC Constitution and NYCDC Bylaws? If so, what shall the remedy be?
Thanking you in advance,
Things to consider:
On January 9, 2012 I posted an article "Carpenters sue to block contract vote". Among other things I wrote, In a blow to builders, who support the deals, a lawsuit filed Friday seeks to stop the process. Rank-and-file carpenters filed suit Friday to block a vote on collective bargaining agreements that the union's national bosses hope to get approved before new local leadership takes power Wednesday.
On January 22, 2012 I posted an article "Leaders Uncomfortable with Speed of Free Speech". Among other things I wrote, more than 2600 websites are blocked in the People's Republic of China under the country's policy of Internet censorship. The dictators ban such sites as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, because the dictators know it is a powerful tool to spread information and it’s packed with democratic power.
On January 28, 2012 I posted an article "Delegates To Membership: Drop Dead". Among other things I wrote, that was the clear message sent at last Wednesday delegate meeting when a majority of the 100-member delegate body voted to bar members from attending delegate body meetings.
On January 29, 2012 I posted an article "Review Officer to Delegates: You're Vetoed". Among other things I wrote, Vindicated, Review Officer Dennis Walsh vetoed a motion made at last Wednesday meeting of the Delegate Body to bar rank and file members from attending meetings of the Delegates.
On January 31, 2012 at a Local 45 union meeting, Bilello's assistant Lebo, publicly singled me out by name as a security risk, alleged I was responsible for the January 10, Crain’s article, “In blow to contractors, gaffe stalls union vote,” implied I was responsible for the threats of legal action against the District Council by contractor associations and stated he had “written up charges against me” and threatened me in his office. He then said he didn’t file the charges because of “free speech” issues but indicated he may file charges at a later date, saying, “The charges are still in my desk.”
On February 7, 2012 I sent a "letter to EST Bilello". Among other things I wrote, "in response to malicious statements made and continue to be made against me by your assistant and request a written and public apology by President Lebo." Bilello never responded to the letter nor did I receive an apology.
On March 14, 2012 I posted an article "Vote No on "Contracts." Among other things I wrote, Contractor Associations are continuing to wage a campaign style effort to try to convince carpenters to vote yes on a new five (5) year contract while the Bilello administration is intentionally withholding key information and remains silent as they push this contract sellout deal on the membership.
On March 21, 2012 approximately fifteen minutes into a delegate body meeting, Bilello's assistant Lebo, publicly incorrectly ruled me out of order, and unlawfully had me removed from the meeting.
On March 22, 2012 I sent a "letter to EST Bilello". Among other things I wrote, "in response to the conduct of President Lebo during the Delegate Body meeting of March 21, 2012. Specifically, approximately fifteen minutes into the meeting, I raised a Point of Order and Lebo incorrectly ruled me out of order, and unlawfully had me removed from the meeting. I request a written and public apology by President Lebo to the Delegate Body and myself." Bilello never responded to the letter nor did I receive an apology.
On July 30, 2012 I posted an article "Insanity." That's the word to best describe what happen at Wednesdays July 25, 2012 delegate body meeting (see blog post).
On August 5, 2012 I posted an article "Double-Standards and Hypocrisy". In the article I wrote among other things, Bilello "was elected to the office of Executive Secretary-Treasurer in January 2012 with a commitment of a transparent and corruption free union. When the administration is not being secretive, they abuse their authority and power, specifically by, conducting delegate body meetings in a partisan way, not in accordance with the Laws of the UBC and parliamentary rules, trampling on members rights, by publicly, inciting partisan delegates into a frenzy of hatred, spreading lies, intimidating, harassing, humiliating, threatening, and acting as judge, jury, and executioner, all in an effort to silence any member that dares to not toe the party line (see blog post).
On August 6, 2012, I had a meeting the IG and CCO and stated, "It is not in the best interest of the union to have this fight." I proposed a settlement offer, the IG and CCO met with Bilello and Lebo, to discuss the offer, settlement is based on dropping the charges filed against me by Bilello's assistant, Bill Lebo, making a public apology to the delegate body with a clear explanation of why their behavior and conduct was inappropriate at the July 25, 2012 Delegate Body meeting, and a commitment to conduct delegate body meetings in accordance with the Laws of the UBC and parliamentary rules. On August 8, 2012, the IG and CCO informed me that the settlement offer was rejected by Bilello.
On August 12, 2012 I posted an article, "Bilello & Lebo Embroiled in Alleged Cover-Up". Executive Secretary-Treasurer Michael Bilello, and President Bill Lebo, have allegedly become embroiled in a cover-up, by intentionally omitting "personal and intimidating" comments (which are in violation of the Laws of the UBC) made during the delegate body meeting of July 25, 2012 (see blog post).
On September 23, 2012 I posted an article "Bilello Administration Rocked with Scandal as NYCDC President Forced to Resign". The New York City District Council of Carpenters is once again rocked by scandal as President/Benefit Fund Trustee and Bilello administration political appointee and longtime adviser, William S. Lebo was forced to resign Friday amid allegations of inappropriate behavior.
On November 16, 2012 I posted an article "Whitewash: Bilello Exonerated by IG & CCO". Inspector General Scott Danielson (IG) and Chief Compliance Officer Josh Leicht (CCO), issued a four page whitewash report that exonerates Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Mike Bilello of improper conduct and it appears to reasonable people who have read the report that the Bilello administration has succeeded in intimidating the IG and CCO into doing its bidding.
On November 25, 2012 I posted an article, "Bilello Faces Four Counts of Charges." Where among other things I explained and posted the charges and audio of the "appalling failure of decorum and procedure" relating to the July 25, 2012 delegate body meeting during questions regarding the MWA crisis.
On December 3, 2012, I posted an article, "District Council Web Site, Information and Transparency." Below is an excerpt from the Fifth Interim Report of the Review Officer.
On December 3, 2012, I posted an article, "Democracy and District Council Delegate Meetings." Below is an excerpt from the Fifth Interim Report of the Review Officer.
On December 3, 2012, I posted an article, "Liar Liar." Below is an excerpt of the Fifth Interim Report of the Review Officer.
On January 8, 2013 I posted an article "RO comments on the conduct of the July 25, Delegate Meeting." Where on December 19, 2012 at a Court Conference with Judge Berman, Review Officer Dennis Walsh discussed the conduct of the Delegate Body meeting.
On January 19, 2013 I posted an article "Free Speech Under Attack." Stating that the District Council is attempting to shut this blog down, thereby silencing yours and mine protected free speech rights and filed an "Application for Veto," requesting a veto of the charges filed against me.
On January 22, 2013 I posted an article "Democracy and Free Speech Triumphs." In a resounding victory for democracy and members free speech rights, Review Officer Dennis Walsh, issued a veto of the bogus charges filed against me by Bilello's assistant and former DC President Bill Lebo.
On January 24, 2013 a trial was held in, Danielson (IG) vs. John Smith. Smith was found guilty of 1 count of each, 51(A)(5), 51(A)(12), and Bylaws Section 3. The penalty imposed by the Trial Committee was $5000 fine and Expulsion. Smith's crime, he posted the name and address of a UBC member on his Facebook account.
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