To the UEMSW President, Officers, and Directors - Stop the "Special" Meeting and the Violation of Our Bylaws!
  • Petitioned Jimmy Gambone
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

President
Jimmy Gambone
Vice President
Bill Bower
Secretary
Sandra Canez
Treasurer
John Hosman
Trustee
Matt Anderson
Director
Casey Vanier
Director
Dave Norris
Director
Rebecca Ayers
Director
Dave Stephens
Director
Jamie Field
See response
Director
Phil Jones
Director
Jim Howard

To the UEMSW President, Officers, and Directors - Stop the "Special" Meeting and the Violation of Our Bylaws!

    1. Petition by

      Concerned Member

      San Ramon, CA

  1.  
  2.   
February 2014

Victory

From Petition Creator: Good job! The vote was cancelled and the ballots will now be mailed out. This is was true accountability and having a voice is all about! We still don't believe this upcoming vote will be in accordance with the AFSCME Constitution and Elections Manual, but we managed to force Mr. Gambone's hand in this matter today. He's now "claiming" that there was never going to be a vote today, which contradicts what he and other union officials were saying as early as this morning!Now, we all will be able to have the oversight of the AFSCME International Union on rule wether having an election to extend his term is even legal. We believe they will rule in our favor, because the Constitution makes election rules for local unions very clear!

Mr. Gambone and the distinguished members of the Execute Board,

We are writing you today to voice our displeasure with the “special” membership meeting being called for this Thursday, February 13, 2014. We believe this meeting violates both the AFSCME Constitution and the Local 4911 bylaws for several reasons- all of which are listed below.

We also believe that this “special” meeting is being held in an unfair manor and that not every member has access to attend. We ask you to cancel this meeting, until such accommodations can be met. This is to ensure that EVERY single member has the ability to attend and to vote on the proposed bylaws changes, as per the bylaws requirements.

Lastly, we strongly encourage you to let the democratic process play out, and have an election in April 2014, like the current bylaws state. We do not believe this is a cost cutting measure by any means. We believe this is delaying our rights to have a fair and democratic election- something we fought long and hard for trying to join this union. You all were fully aware, when you were elected into office that another election would be run in April 2014. We cannot and will not allow any officers of this union to try and advocate for term extensions to their benefit. Again, we believe the AFSCME Constitution and AFSCME Elections Manual Process are clear on this matter.

Below is what we believe to be violations of the AFSCME Constitution, UEMSW Bylaws and the AFSMCE Elections Manual, as set forth by Appendix C of the AFSCME Constitution:

UEMSW bylaws violations:

  • Section 2
  • Section 4; part D
  • Section 12; part V
  • Section 17; part b

 AFSCME Constitution violations: 

  • “Bill of Rights of Union Members”
  • Part 4
  • Part 7
  • Appendix C

AFSCME Election Manual Process (from page 26) violations:

“Any amendment that increases the length of term would, of course, not extend the terms of the incumbents but would take effect at the time of the next election.”

 

Thank you for your time and we look forward to you all doing what’s right for every single member of this union.

 

UEMSW Local 4911 Bylaws

AFSCME Constitution

AFSCME Elections Process Manual

To:
Jimmy Gambone, President
Bill Bower, Vice President
Sandra Canez, Secretary
John Hosman, Treasurer
Matt Anderson, Trustee
Casey Vanier, Director
Dave Norris, Director
Rebecca Ayers, Director
Dave Stephens, Director
Jamie Field, Director
Phil Jones, Director
Jim Howard, Director
Tell the UEMSW Board of Directors to Stop the "Special" Meeting!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    2. Decision-maker Jamie Field responds:

      Jamie Field

      As a member of UEMSW Local 4911 and one of the Norcal Directors I believe in this membership. I believe what the members believe and that is that the Bylaws should not be changing. I was the one board member that voted NO to these propo...


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    • Wendy Fierro GILROY, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Because in order to hold our employers accountable we need first to hold ourselves accountable for both our word and our actions. We must be above reproach.

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    • Corinne Downing PETALUMA, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Not enough time to be able to get off work and vote no!

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    • Michael Rossi CALISTOGA, CA
      • 8 months ago

      I feel the president and the board are trying to pass something Behind closed doors like a bunch of corrupt Teamsters Not looking out for the interest of its membership. That's what gives unions a bad name!

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    • Michael Rossi CALISTOGA, CA
      • 8 months ago

      I feel the president and the board are trying to pass something Behind closed doors like a bunch of corrupt Teamsters Not looking out for the interest of its membership. That's what gives unions a bad name!

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    • Eric Constantine SANTA ROSA, CA
      • 8 months ago

      This makes you no better than Torren, and proves that greed and power were the motivation for you and your supporters when you ousted NEMSA. You owe the people who believed you better than this.

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