Dec 4, 2008

(un)Fair representation

For many years, management (unlimited employees) have worked for the fund under a contract without union representation.

Logic says that if we work for 1199 National Benefit Fund, there is no need for union representation, after all, we work for a union who's primary goal is "to secure a highly satisfied and motivated workforce with high morale and a strong voice on the job" a union that fights for "dignity, respect and fairness for our members and our families".

As we know, since last year, all of these principles have gone out the window. Fair representation or even the "right" to fair representation do not exist if you are an unlimited employee at the fund. We are told by the Director of Human Resources and her Manager of Labor Relations that as unlimited employees, we have no resources. Unfair accusations of poor performance, rules violations, theft, insubordination, etc have gone uncontested and have caused many of us to lose our jobs. Under the new Director of Human Resources, a record number of employees who were terminated have been re-instated. Although this is a clear victory for the employees, it brings to light the unfair practices of her administration. How many more times do employees need to take their case to the Labor Board in order to get their job back? How many more times does the State of New York needs to prove to our Human Resources that they are being unfair to their employees?.

Yes, although we work for 1199SEIU, we are not protected against the same illegal employer practices we have fought against for so many years. No delegates to represent us. No “Weingarten Rights”, nothing at all…

Is it time for us to organize? The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 guarantees and protects the rights of workers to organize, and to take part in strikes and other forms of concerted activity in support of their demands. Is 1199SEIU the right choice to represent us?

Voice your opinion.


"We are all in this together, by ourselves."

59 comments:

  1. Anonymous12/10/2008

    The second paragraph says it all, the primary goal of a union is "to secure a highly satisfied and motivated workforce with high morale and a strong voice on the job" a union that fights for "dignity, respect and fairness for our members and our families", I don't think nothing of that paragraph happens in 1199. In the past, it has, because before we were more like a family. In the present, they are trying to treat us like we are in the military or something similar, were you can't talk to someone you know because you get harassed by the Supervisor/Manager, and they will report the person that you were talking to to HR, so that HR can tell them not to do that again.

    We are all adults, we know that we have a job to get done. It will get done but let us do it our way, because your way might not be the right one.

    And Mitra (because I know you are going to read this blog and the comments), that e-mail that you sent out today is so full of BS!!!!!If you didn't feel guilty, why even try to cover things up????? Why even have the blog blocked so that people can't see it at work??? And to tell us that you guys are transparent, that's the biggest BS I ever heard!!!!

    It's a free country and as such, there is freedom of speech and opinion if you didn't know that, check the constitution.

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  2. Anonymous12/10/2008

    We need to ban together. Too many people are losing their jobs. The more we ban together the more power we have against this management team. We can and need to stop this atrocious behavior. Please join us. POWER IS IN THE PEOPLE.

    This letter was sent out to all the trustees.

    To Whom It May Concern:

    This letter is coming to you anonymously from a very concerned employee. There happens to be an individual in a high-ranking supervisory position who, on a daily basis, seems to take pleasure in inflicting unwarranted misery and abuse upon those in her employ. The person in reference is the current CAO, Ms. Donna Rey (heretofore referred to as Ms. Rey). In order to illustrate the severity of the situation, the following will outline some of the more blatant examples of her misconduct.

    In such a dynamic economy, the challenges facing any corporation or group are daunting. Change is not only necessary, but inevitable. 1199SEIU Funds is no exception. Your faithful employees actually welcome the opportunity that proper change can bring, but do not welcome the mistreatment we have been receiving from Ms. Rey. The situation has become intolerable.
    Because of her mistreatments, 1199SEIU Funds is losing talented and hard working individuals (some that have given many years to the organization). The result is a slowly destabilizing organization. Morale too is at an all-time low. If any of you had time to observe the employee populous you would be shocked, nay horrified, to see how stifled (and therefore counterproductive) the working atmosphere created by Ms. Rey has become. It was never like this before her stewardship.

    Ms. Rey has also taken to terminating employees without cause. This is obvious due to the unusually high turnover since she began her tenure. The resulting eventuality of legal proceedings can and will place the organization in an unfavorable light, both financially and to someone new seeking employment with you in the future.

    Ms. Rey’s transgressions are not limited to staff employees alone either. Ms. Rey has actually gone so far as to menace her own Management staff (at all levels) with the threat of, “I will not tolerate anyone going to the Union with complaints. I will personally escort them out!” This quite literally goes against the company policy of “open door.”

    By her position as CAO, Ms. Rey has also effectively severed contact with our own HR department, since the HR Director is in Ms. Rey’s chain of reports! Any complaints or surfacing of injustices are squashed and ignored, followed by the inevitable retaliation against the complainant.

    Ms. Rey habitually requires that consultants approve important corporate contracts & bills. Is it not imprudent to have non full-time representatives take responsibility at a corporate level? Of course! What is she afraid of? What is she hiding?

    In conclusion, the desired effect of this letter is to raise your collective awareness to a bad situation, and hopefully your desire to investigate further will be aroused.

    Thank you for your time and attention to these very important matters.

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  3. Anonymous12/10/2008

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  4. Anonymous12/10/2008

    this from a person who wrote "would be better able", hopefully you wont be teaching the grammar class

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  5. Anonymous12/10/2008

    She won't be teaching it for sure!!!! Her ass will be seating right infront of that class!!!!

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  6. Anonymous12/10/2008

    Don't worry, the number of illiterate employees at the Fund is still quite high.

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  7. Anonymous12/10/2008

    this blog is too much, but to the one who wrote comment regarding the grammer WE HOPE TO SEE YOU IN A CLASS REAL SOON. LMAO!!!

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  8. Anonymous12/10/2008

    please investigate Patricia Harris and Minioune Lawrence, Lawrence created a riot atomsphere on the Pension dept floor with a co worker and Pat Harris covered it up, Lawrence threaten to attack a co worker in front of 10-15 people --there is a circus sorority going on in Pension including Helena Denham, Pat Harris and Christel Cole.

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  9. Anonymous12/10/2008

    Is that when the police had to be called in last year? Did any of those people get fired?

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  10. Anonymous12/10/2008

    Yes, finally; to many cover ups in the name of friendship. if you don't kiss enough ass you will never move up the ranks.

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  11. Anonymous12/10/2008

    christel cole the assistnat director?

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  12. Anonymous12/10/2008

    Naming is the best part of this blog, do not allow these individuals continue to assert this type of behavior on us anymore.

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  13. Anonymous12/10/2008

    for all you eager bloggers, stephanie is no longer at the fund and has not been there for almost a year now...It is one thing to vent, but please people, don't make asses of yourselves. This will only give management(because you know they're all reading...)reason to laugh in our faces.

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  15. Anonymous12/10/2008

    Christel is still employed. And if you paid attention the blogger said LAST YEAR.

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  17. Anonymous12/10/2008

    Well if management doesn't inform anyone that this person has been terminated how are we supposed to know?

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  18. Anonymous12/10/2008

    I see that Cole would really like to comment, not very becomming of a Assistant Director; I guess her comments are crude. LOL

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  19. Anonymous12/10/2008

    Is it true that some IT guys watch porn instead of working? an unknown T1 line?

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  20. Anonymous12/10/2008

    Her last name is Cole not Coles...come on people

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  21. Anonymous12/10/2008

    Again, you must read the blogger did not mispell Ms. Cole name it was a blogger that was rejected from making a comment. I really hope this is not someone in a management position.

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  22. Concerned pension staff12/10/2008

    Lawrence created the scene on 11/5 the day after Obama's victory and yes Ms. Cole is still gainfully employed. Harris, Denham-Carter, and are all a apart of the same sorority-Delta Sigma Theta- they are employing all of their sorors to position and trying to promote riot starters like Minioune Lawrence-- she almost assaulted a co- worker and no police or HR was made aware of the situation

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  23. Anonymous12/10/2008

    dont be mad UPS is hiring

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  24. Concerned12/10/2008

    Reality?!! I thought we were living it at the fund!! An updated resume will not do anything... the union principle were set up for fighting for the rights of every man.. corporate America and the union prinicple should not mirror.. that reality comment was definitely written by MGMT, put your children to sleep in Jersey, Christel and tell your neighbors Helena and Patricia, I said HI! lol

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  25. Anonymous12/10/2008

    To the last two bloggers, I suggest you do the same. Some of us has morals and ethics and do not want to use our knees or our noses to get ahead. And the last that I heard UPS is a honest living, so is McDonalds, Burger King, Foot Locker and sweaping the streets.

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  26. Anonymous12/10/2008

    You should know it was that last community service you Mother did to receive her PA check. LOL. Management in this company is a JOKE, in you cheap suits and squeaking shoes, dirty blazers and jacked up weaves; liquid lunches etc.. and this is my observation on a daily basis

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  27. Anonymous12/10/2008

    Guyanne, maybe we are not as lucky as you to have found a Sugga Mamma who did your homework in college and now gave you a job doing nothing. All body and no brains.

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  28. Anonymous12/10/2008

    my id card has not worked for 8 days... they put those hoochie mama's in HR.... guyanne with her jacked up weave...where is my match. HR pays no attention to no one!!! they lack the core ingredient of what it takes to run a department.

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  29. Anonymous12/10/2008

    HOLD IT!! HOLD IT!! FIRST LET ME START BY SAYING THAT WE NEED TO KEEP IT REAL HERE AND NOT MAKE OURSELVES LOOK DUMB.
    TAKE A LOOK AT THE REPRESENTATION WE AS MEMBERS OF THE STAFF ASSOCIATION HAVE!! THE FUCKING BFSA IS A JOKE!!!! WE PAY 10 DOLLARS A MONTH TO WHO???? FOR WHAT??? WE GET WHAT WE PAY FOR!!! CHEAP LOW CLASS UNKNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE. WE HAVE A COKE HEAD FOR A PRESIDENT AND A ALCOHOLIC FOR A VICE PRESIDENT AND DUMB RETARDED WANNABEE DELEGATES WHO TELLS EVERY BODIES BUSINESS ALL OVER THE FUND WHEN SHIT IS SUPPOSE TO BE CONFIDENTIAL. O AND THE FAKE LAWYERS AND BOARDS. THIS SHIT IS STRAIGHT CRAZY!!!! WE NEED A REAL NEW UNION FROM FROM OUTSIDE WHO WILL COME IN THERE AND TEAR MANAGEMENT A NEW ASS HOLE, GET US RAISES AND NEGOTIATE GOOD CONTRACTS AND SECURE OUR JOBS .A REAL EXPERIENCED EDUCATED UNION!!! WHO DON'T MAKE DEALS WITH MANAGEMENT UNDER THE TABLE .
    AND YES IT WILL COST US A LITTLE MORE IN DUES BUT WE WILL GET WHAT WE PAY FOR.
    SO COME ON MEMBERS OF THIS FAKE WACK ASS UNION (BFSA) JOIN TOGETHER AND GET THESE DRUG ADDICTED ALCOHOLICS UNEDUCATED DUMMIES OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND REMEMBER PAY MORE GET MORE!!! (DUES)

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  30. Anonymous12/11/2008

    I WANT TO KNOW WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO, THIS BLOG IS COOL , BUT WILL IT GET RESULTS, WE NEED TO HIT THESE BASTARDS WITH THE TRUTH, FOR REAL ALL MEMBERS LETS WALK WITH SOME TYPE OF RECORDING DEVICES , LETS PUT THEM ON BLAST, START UP LOADING SHIT TO, YOU TUBE , MYSPACE , AND IF YOU HAVE PEEPS IN THE MEDIA SEND THEM SHIT, PROBABLY THEY WOULD LIKE TO BREAK SOME NEWS ON THE ALL SO POWERFUL 1199, SEND LETTERS TO THE LEAGUE ON 57TH STREET, AND SEND LETTERS TO GOERGE ACROSS THE STREET, AND SEND SHIT TO DENNIS , WHEREVER HE AT..

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  31. Anonymous12/11/2008

    HORACE IS NEAR DEATH. HIS LIVER AND SPLEEN IS PICKLED FROM THE ALCOHOL AKA HIS TONIC.... HIS CLOTHES IS WRAPPED AROUND HIS BODY..THE PRESIDENT...OH WELL, LETS NOT EVEN START ON HER...WHAT I WILL DO IS SEND THIS TO THE NEWS... AND THE PAPERS, LETS SEE WHO WILL LAUGH NOW.

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  32. Anonymous12/11/2008

    Donna Rey should be terminated also. Brandy only follows orders by Donna. Donna is the dirty and crooked one. Remember That. Donna Rey knows nothing about anything. She is a joke.

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  33. THAT ONE12/11/2008

    JP Edwards, you need to follow up with HR and find out why you are not making as much as the other Assistant Directors in the fund. Is this because you are a slick, conniving sellout?!! Remember what you did to Ann Murray? But the way save your pennies and stop buying riot starters flowers--you may need some soon first a demotion to Assistant Director of Training --what's next Assistant Director of the supply closet or clothing monitor because you love to tell people what not to wear

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  34. Employee of the Month12/11/2008

    Nicole Shields, Althea Peerman-Stevens, Minioune Lawrence red alert!! Red alert!! Three hundred pound plus crew. They are not accepting membership,but hating on anyone that weighs less than them!! Minioune two words Please douche, Althea you are not big sexy, Nicole stop hanging around those broads your stock is going down, people do not have faith in your ability to supervise fairly when Minioune is always in your cubicle what is she your co-supervisor??!! Real talk

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  35. Employee of the Month12/11/2008

    Three hundred pound plus crew!lol Minioune which eye are you looking at people with?! Stop sending pics of your vagina to men on the job they are laughing at you behind your back

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  36. Anonymous12/11/2008

    Get a life and stop blaming others - this fund offers education, down to earth environment (not usually in Manhattan) - KEEP THE FOCUS ON YOURSELF AND GO WRITE FOR A PAPER. YOU ARE GOING NO WHERE!!! REMEMBER GOD DOES NOT LIKE UGLY AND YOU ARE DEFINATELY PRETTY LOST, ANGRY,AND RESENTFUL....HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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  37. That One12/11/2008

    God doesn't like ugly what u still doing around? Another mgmt overseer trying to common sense somebody don't try to handle anybody...house slave!!

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  38. No one angry or resentful we name names here why are u on the blog if you think people's comments are angry and resentful you must have been mentioned in one of the comments!! Stop smelling yourself and wash and leave the forum for those of us that want to vent and find solutions!

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  39. Anonymous12/11/2008

    Open question to Brandy, Mitra and Mrs Ray,
    Can you explain why it is nearly impossible for QUALIFIED candidates to get promoted? It seems like the majority of well-paying positions opened are going to external candidates. Some of these positions are NOT EVEN POSTED INTERNALLY, and only appear on Monster.Com and other web sites. Of course internal candidates are discouraged from applying to these "External" positions, even when they are more qualified than the people hired to fill those positions. This is especially true for UNLIMITED positions where leadership is more intent on bringing in friends and family than in actually hiring qualified individuals.

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  40. Anonymous12/11/2008

    THIS IS BETTER THAN SRS AND ORACLE.. RAVEN WE HOPE YOUR ON TOP OF ALL THIS... IF NOT, YOUR GOING TO ESCALATE JUST LIKE YOUR WEIGHT TO CATAGORY 310 POUNDS THAT IS. AND BE REPORTED TO THE HEAD HONCHOS.

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  41. Anonymous12/11/2008

    That is so true, if you check out Idealist, Monster.com or Hot Jobs, you are guarentee to see 1199 postings.

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  42. Anonymous12/11/2008

    make them respect our gansta; we as a collective people have a voice and refuse to be dismissed.

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  43. Anonymous12/12/2008

    How in the hell did the biggest mouth of the pension fund become a supervisor when she doesn't know her ass from a hole in the ground? God forbid you tell her anything, the entire fund will know your business!! What she do tell, Althea, all the dirty secrets of the PensionFund staff to get the position?

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  44. Anonymous12/12/2008

    1199 members: get the facts , or the facts wil get you ! And when you get the facts get facts, get them right or the facts will get you wrong!!!
    Gosip is dangerous and is the wrong way of incriminate a person of its wrong doings...

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  45. Anonymous12/12/2008

    Mitra,

    You were deceitful to us in your email on 12/10. It’s a shame we believed in you. We didn’t think you were like this so shady and dishonest. You sat back and watched as people were getting treated unfairly, terminated and pushed out for no reason at all and did nothing! Donna Rey terminated individuals just for not liking them and Brandy Shiloh would tamper with documents and you were privy to all this. What kind of a person are you? You are spurious to allow this behavior to occur while you did nothing but smile in our faces like all is well. Anything you say now we will have a hard time believing. Can any of you speak any truth at all? This is time for a change maybe you need to step down. You are destroying all your credibility within this organization. Everything that is stated in this statement is 100% TRUE and can be backed up with evidence!

    We may not be the most erudite and refined organization but we do have our morals and integrity and we will no longer tolerate this kind of treatment from upper management at 1199SEIU Family of Funds. We are standing firm on this. We are united.

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  46. Anonymous12/12/2008

    Patricia Harris is very ghetto, wearing cheap clothes and her messed up lace front wig--NO CLASS!!!

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  47. Anonymous12/13/2008

    Your 100 percent right whats next??? Where do we start???? We relly need to get the BFSA out of here as well as upper management. CALLING ALL OUT SIDE UNIONS WE (STAFF MEMBERS) HERE AT 1199NFB ARE REQUESTING YOUR ATTENTION TO US LOOKING FOR A NEW UNION OUR CONTRACT IS UP SOON AND WE REALLY NEED NEW QUALIFIED REPRESENTATION TO NEGOIATE A FAIR SENSIABLE REASONABLE AND DECENT CONTRACT FOR US. I WILL BE CONTACTING A FEW OUTSIDE UNIONS TO SEE HOW TO GO ABOUT RE ELECTING A NEW UNION SO WITH THAT SAID...LOOK OUT FOR MORE INFO ON THIS AND SOMEBODY TELL ME HOW THE HELL ARE WE GONIG TO GET UPPER MANAGEMENT OUT WHILE WE SEARCH FOR NEW REPRESENTATION AND LEADERSHIP????? LETS STICK TOGETHER ON THIS. REAL TALK Y'ALL

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  48. Anonymous12/14/2008

    This is from another very concerned employee. I have worked for one of the Funds for over 20 years and I hold a high management position with access to Accounting, Executive and HR files. During that time, I have not seen so much disorganization, corruption and deceit, favoritism, and discrimination. I have seen the abuse and ignorance from top management staff first hand.

    I strongly believe in change. As a matter of fact, I am an advocate to change. But when someone abuses the system to get her way and imposes fear among her staff to get respect; then the credibility and premeditated good purpose for that change goes out the window. All odds are against it.

    The Website has been forwarded to the EEO, other equal right opportunity sources, members and providers. It is only a matter of time before any other concerned high ranking official or group of important individuals get involved. It appears we have to go beyond the Union, Trustees and 57th Street Hospital League because it looks as if they do not care about ours and our members concerns for any of these allegations.

    I’m requesting the following facts should be and must be investigated.

    1. If punches are being fixed for Bradley or any other HR staff; then the same punishment should be applied to those who break the rule just as many others have been terminated for these actions. Disciplinary actions up to termination should be sought. All you have to do is question the AA and HR reps. I’m sure they would rather tell the truth than lose their jobs.

    2. If criminal actions were committed by Brandy in the past; then the same punishment should be applied to her just as she terminated many others for having a past criminal record. Termination should be sought. I cannot wait to see those wrongfully terminated sue 1199 for having another criminal terminate them. I am certain the media would love to get a piece of this action.

    3. If favoritism is in place; then it must be stopped, and those who apply it must be punished. Brandy, Donna and Johan must be punished according to their same rules and regulations. No more favorites; no more preferential treatment; no more abuse; no more FEAR.

    4. If hiring preference is being insisted for employees/consultants from the Auburn Technical Services Group; then it must be investigated. Why would Johan (especially him) and Donna prefer these consultants be hired over other consulting agencies and more qualified candidates no questions asked? Is there some type of personal connection? “Just do it is their motto” Ask the HR reps and they would rather tell the truth than lose their jobs.

    5. How do you justify Johan Reyes’ salary? $120K??? He possesses a bachelor’s degree in computers, and has no more than three years of experience in; I guess computer stuff to be leading a new department at the Fund. He acts as if he is another Chief of the Fund. Where is the experience to back it up? Where is the respect for those who are educated and have more seniority like Leo Cole, Kwok Wu, Diana Rodriguez, James Mele and Michelle Agard for example, to lead the way?

    One more thing I would like to mention in regards to salaries is the $20K increase Brandy Shiloh received recently after allegedly using a scare tactic against Donna Rey threatening to leave. Now that we know they are friends, the question is, was it a personal favor or a way to keep her mouth shut? One can only wonder…

    6. Finally, if Mitra is aware or involved to any of the above; she must be immediately removed from her position. If George is aware or involved to any of the above, he must also be immediately removed from his position. The way I see, if the allegations set forth are true, both of them should be immediately removed from their position.

    My concerns have been raised, and I am very certain that someone out there will listen and will do something about it.

    1199 SEIU Benefit and Pension Fund Executive Management.

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  49. Welcome to the strugle my fellow co-worker.

    We encourage management staff like yourself with top level access to speak up.

    We have all been victims of the injustice perpetrated by the people mentioned above in some way, either directly or inderectly.

    An investigation is in order and let the weight of justice fall on those who have done wrong.

    Feel free to email us.

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  50. Anonymous12/17/2008

    To all that have been unfairly treated, pushed out, wrongfully terminated and discriminated against. Please get in touch with the EEOC @ http://www.eeoc.gov/ and state your case to them. Alone we cannot fight this, Together we can overcome and defeat this unlawful and atrocious behavior.

    12/16/2008

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  51. Anonymous12/23/2008

    OK MEMBERS OF THE BENEFIT FUND STAFF ASSOCIATION LISTEN UP!!!! THIS IS IMPORTANT.
    AS I STATED IN MY PREVIOUS COMMENT WE'VE BEEN LOOKING INTO NEW REPRESENTATION (A NEW UNION) AND WE HAVE COME ACROSS TWO OF THEM IN NEW YORK. WE CONTACTED THEM AND THEY ARE READY TO ROLL MEANING THEY ARE WILLING TO REPRESENT US IF WE AS MEMBERS VOTE THEM IN.
    NOW HERE ARE A FEW THINGS (FACTS) YOU NEED TO NO 1 IS THAT OUR CURRENT REPRESENTATION HAS GOT TO GO!!! 2 IS THAT WE JUST FOUND OUT THAT WE HAD FROM DECEMBER 1 2008 TO JANUARY 1 2009 TO REQUEST AN ELECTION FOR NEW REPRESENTATION AND IM SURE THE BFSA NEW THIS. 3)SO WE ARE NOW STRAPPED FOR TIME. 4)THERE ARE CARDS BEING HANDED OUT ON EVERY FLOOR FOR THE MEMBERS TO SIGN REQUESTING A NEW ELECTION AND THATS ALL THE CARDS ARE FOR.PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THE CARDS ARE NOT SAYING THAT WE WANT THAT PERTICULAR UNION WHICH IS CALLED OFFICE AND PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION LOCAL 153 (OPEIU)IT IS SIMPLY STATING THAT WE WANT A CHANCE TO ELECT A NEW UNION WEATHER ITS FROM THE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE AND WE HAVE UNTIL JANUARY 1ST 2009 TO GET AS MANY MEMBERS AS WE CAN TO SIGN THESE CARDS OTHER WISE WE ARE STUCK WITH THE FUCKED UP UNION WE HAVE NOW!! THEREFORE LETS GO!!! SIGN THEM CARDS BEFORE ITS TO LATE! LOOK OUT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HANDING THEM OUT THEY WILL BE COMING AROUND EVERYDAY UNTIL WE HAVE ENOUGH TO GET THIS NEW ELECTION GOING AND REMEBER THAT WE ONLY HAVE UNTIL THE 1ST OF JANUARY!!! UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL!!! REAL TALK GUYS LETS DO THIS RIGHT PLEEEAAASSSSE!!!!
    ALSO, LOCAL 153 IS IN THE PROCESS OF RENTING SOMEWHERE FOR US (THE MEMBERS) TO MEET WITH THEM SO THEY CAN TELL US WHAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER US IF WE WERE TO CHOSE THEM TO REPRESENT US. WE DO HAVE CHOICES AND OTHER OPTIONS WE JUST HAVE TO EXPLORE THEM UNTIL WE COME UP WITH THE RIGHT ONE EVEN IF IT COST US A LITTLE MORE.REMEBER YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. WITH THAT SAID LETS GO MEMBERS!!!! LETS SHOW THEM WE CAN DO THIS!!!! WE WANT CHANGE!!! NOW!!! LETS UNITE!!!
    WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED SO KEEP CHECKING THIS BLOG AND KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN AT THE FUND!!! SIGN THEM CARDS!!!!

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  52. Anonymous12/23/2008

    Brandy came to the Fund from Workmen's Circle in the Bronx. During her time there as the HR representative so would not allow the Union ond the Fund reps into the institution on certain days. Then one the "approved days" she would change her mind and not allow the Fund staff or the Union to stay.

    This is the person leading the 1199SEIU Family of Fund HR department???

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  53. Anonymous12/27/2008

    This is a great start. Thank you for doing the homework. Actions speaks louder than words; let's just hope that all those who are unhappy with the BFSA get on board with this. This is your opportunity to be part of change, and not stand in the back complaining. if we all stand together we can do this. Let's make this happen NOW!

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  54. Anonymous12/29/2008

    CHANGE! CHANGE! CHANGE! IS NEED BADLY AT THIS FUND AND TODAY WE STARTED TRING TO MAKE A CHANGE BY TRING TO GET AN ELECTION FOR A NEW UNION. OUR PRESIDENT OF THE BFSA DARLEAN COOR WAS UPSET!! (GOOD SHE NEEDS TO BE!)DID Y'ALL SEE HER OUT THERE WITH HER HAIR STANDING ON HER HEAD TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO GO FOR A NEW UNION AND PASSING OUT MEMO'S WITH UNTRUE STUFF ON IT! SHE IS SHOOOOKK!!! SHE WANT THAT DAM EXTRA $500 A MONTH.
    ANYWAYS WE HAD A GREAT TURN OUT TODAY BUT WE STILL NEED MORE TO GET THIS ELECTION GOING SO COME ONE COME ALL!!! LETS GET THOSE CARDS SIGNED SO WE CAN GET THIS ELECTION DONE AND OVER WITH!!! IT'S REALLY THAT SIMPLE!!!! IF WE STICK TOGETHER AND NOT LET THE BFSA OR ANYONE ELSE TELL US WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. AND PLEASE NO THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SAY ALL KINDS OF THINGS LIKE WE ARE GOING TO LOSE THIS AND THAT WHICH IS NOT TRUE. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO AND ASK THE PEOPLE YOURSELF! THATS WHAT THEY ARE THERE FOR. THEY WANT YOU TO COME FIND OUT THE TRUTH. THEREFORE GET OVER THERE AND ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU WANT SO YOU CAN GET THE RIGHT INFORMATION FROM THE RIGHT PEOPLE.DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE!!! GET IT FROM THE HORSES MOUTH! NOT THE BFSA!!! THOSE OF YOU WHO DIDNT MAKE IT OVER THERE TODAY PLEASE TRY TO MAKE IT TOMORROW WE NEED THOSE CARDS SIGNED AND DELIVERED TO THE LABOR BOARD BY 6PM DECEMBER 30TH. AND AGAIN THE CARDS ARE JUST STATING THAT WE WANT NEW ELECTION THATS ALL! OH YEAH AND IF DARLEAN TRIES TO STOP YOU WITH HER LIES TELL HER TO STOP LYING!! AND ASK HER WHAT DOES SHE DO ALL DAY CAUSE SHE DAM SURE AIN'T HELPING US NOR IS SHE DOING HER JOB SHE IS PAID BY THE FUND TO DO!!! SO....WHAT DOES SHE DO??? OH YEAH AND ASK HER ABOUT HER RE-DEPLOYMENT TO AND SEE WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY. ONE LAST THING SHE SAID IN HER MEMO THAT SCORNED MEMBERS ARE UPSET ABOUT THE RE-DEPLOYMENT AND THIS IS WHY WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW UNION!! NOT TRUE AT ALL!!!! BEFORE RE-DEPLOYMENT WE AS MEMBERS WANTED HER OUT! SO MANY PEOPLE TALK AND COMPLAIN BUT WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO GETTING BUSY PEOPLE SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP AND THATS WHAT THE REAL PROBLEM IS HERE. PEOPLE ARE ALSO AFRAID OF CHANGE. I'M HERE TO TELL YOU IT IS TIME FOR A BIG CHANGE AND NOW IS OUR CHANCE!!!
    LETS GO MEMBERS!!! LETS GET RID OF THIS FAKE UNION BFSA (BULL FUCKING SHIT ASSOCIATION)HINT HINT NEW NAME FOR THE BFSA!!! LOL

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  55. Anonymous12/30/2008

    oh shit that was funny, so hat does this new union have to offer ,i was out a few days , so
    im just finding out about this news,lol dothat match what we have already do they give us more thats what i want to know,but your right regardless darlene has got to go..

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  56. Anonymous12/30/2008

    Job well done!

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  57. Anonymous1/09/2009

    Blogging as whistle-blogging: Fracas at 1199 Family of Funds

    By Susan Merniton December 21, 2008 5:39 PM

    In New York City, a concerned employee of the 1199 Family of Funds has created an anonymous blog entitled What's Happening at 1199SEIU Family of Funds? that calls out two staffers as people who engage in nepotism, practice discrimination, and create an unfair culture. In response to this blog, according to my source, the organization has blocked access to outside email (and is screening mail), has called a meeting to deny the allegations, and is (understandably) trying to figure out who the author is.

    Meanwhile, employees are deeply engaging with the site, posting responses to posts that inquire about age discrimination, questionable and possibly illegal practices, and their right to exercise their free speech with this blog ("The fund is threatening employees with prosecution and termination if they participate in this blog. What ever happened to our right to speak? Isn't that what our Union fights for? What would our Union do if management at one of the institutions will threaten our members the same way?")

    Interestingly enough, if you assume that the 1,800 employees of the 1199 Family of Funds are all aware of this blog--and perhaps 70 of them are posting on it--a picture emerges where some disgruntled employees--whistleblowers?--are using social media to a) air their grievances and b) try to create positive change (which doesn't really seem to be working, does it?)

    If I was a New York based journalist, or the journalism prof at a local J school, I'd jump all over this story, both to better understand what is actually going on at the 1199 Family of Funds and to see if anyone is accountable, and to understand and document how blogging--on blogspot, no less!--is being used as an organizing tool in a non-technical setting.

    Social media, anyone? Wow.

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  58. Susan,

    Thank you for taking a look at our blog and diffusing information about our struggle.

    First of all, allow me to say that every accusation on this blog is based on true facts.

    Contrary to everything the Fund stands for, this new administration is using their position of authority to step all over workers rights. Taking advantage of our current economic times, they threaten employees with termination if they even attempt to be part of this blog. As a long term employee of the Fund, I have been witness to many changes, but I never thought that an organization known for "fighting for workers rights" could engage in implementing such a string of unfair practices and pretend everything is just accusations of one or two disgruntled employees.

    As much as the Fund would like us to terminate the blog, this will not stop. We will continue to keep the blog alive and fight for our fellow employee's rights.

    Feel free to email me.

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