I served the membership of Local 270 as Business
Manager from 1988 to 1996. In the eight years that I was your
Business Manager there were many things that were accomplished
under my administration that benefited you members. For example
when I became Business Manager in 1988 we only had one medical
insurance plan. I spoke to District Council officials about the
need of having more than one plan and in time we had a choice
of medical plans. I also started the Retiree's Club with an annual
banquet for our retirees which was held every December. We also
organized and brought the Day Care Providers into Local 270, the
Sequoia workers and others were also brought into our union. There
were many other things we accomplished during my eight years in
office. I an proud of what has been achieved for our members.
And now, we are facing a new election of officers for Local 270.
This is a very important election and your vote is needed to voice
your support for the future officers of this union. PLEASE VOTE!
Some of you may not know the real reason
why I left Local 270 in December of 1996. I will be brief and
to the point. I was removed from office by the GEB Attorney, Mr.
Robert Luskin, for firing business agent Jim Homer. I was accused
of firing Jim Homer because they said I thought he was cooperating
with an investigation being conducted by the GEB Attorney. This
is not true. The reason I fired Jim Homer was because he was
involved in corrupt dispatching practices. He was sending people
to work who were not on the work list, sending them out of order
and at times sending suspended members to work.
I've had people tell me that Jim Homer is
a racist. John Williams, a black man, told me recently that he
found his own job and the contractor wanted to hire him. When
he asked Jim Homer for a dispatch he would not give it to him
but rather gave it to another worker is Santa Cruz. If Jim Homer
is a racist or not, I'm not sure, but there are actions he has
taken that makes one wonder.
For example, two white laborers, Steve Snider
and Bill Botelho, had been suspended over a period of many months
and Jim Homer continually sent them to work. In the case of Jim
Botelho, be had been suspended from January 1995 to November 1995,
and during this period of suspension, Jim Homer sent him to work
for seven different contractors! Remember, these members were
suspended when Jim Homer dispatched them to these jobs. Now, how
did Jim Homer treat the Mexican laborers who were suspended? The
following Mexican Laborers were suspended while working at construction
jobs: Pio Carrillo, Ruben Mendura, Romero Valle and Michael Gonzalez.
When Jim Homer found out that these Mexican laborers were suspended
he filed a discharge form to have these laborers to job sites
who are suspended but removes suspended Mexican laborers from
their jobs! Is this racism? You be the judge.
Jim Homer is not the man for the office of
Business Manager. A Business Manager must be honest and fair.
All members, regardless of race, must be treated equal and fair
when it comes to dispatching. Jim Homer has been corrupt in this
area. When he practiced corrupt dispatching he was only a business
agent. And if he mishandled the hiring hall as a business agent,
what would he do if elected Business Manager, the highest office,
within Local 270?? I assure you members that you must vote. In
this election to remove Jim Homer from office. Who you should
vote for is a decision you have to make, but be sure it is not
Jim Homer. Local 270 deserves something better.
When I look back at what has happened over
the past three years I do wonder about the element of racism.
Just consider the following actions that have taken place within
Local 270 over this three year period.
In 1996, the GEB Attorney, Robert Luskin
(a white man), filed charges against myself for firing Jim Homer,
and also filed charges against Ray Duran, Jr. and George Ramirez,
Jr. All three of us are of Mexican descent. However, when I later
filed charges against Jim McManaman and Jim Homer (both men are
white), Robert Luskin refused to prosecute these men. The constitution
of our union states any member can file charges but in this case
Robert Luskin looked the other way!
Paul Radford, the current supervisor over
Local 270 fully supports Jim Homer. In fact, it seems that he
will do whatever it takes to protect Jim Homer and get him elected
as Business Manager. Just recently, Local 270 auditor, Frank Lopez
(a Mexican), was fired from office by Paul Radford. Also, business
agent Rick Duarte, was fired by Mr. Radford. Then Paul Radford
chose to fire Frank Romero, Gil Duran, Andy Espino and George
Ramirez, Jr. All of these former employees and officers that Paul
Radfor fired had one thing in common, all of them are Mexicans!
Also, all of these men are running against Jim Homer in this election.
Since they're running against Jim Homer, it fits Paul Radford's
purpose to fire them after all he must do what he can to strengthen
Jim Homer's position in this election!
When I was Business Manager I tried to get
a recreational hall for our retirees. DO you know who would voice
his opinion against it? That's right, Jim Homer! Just recently
Paul Radford opened up a retirement center for the retirees and
Jim Homer is trying to get the credit for it. Don't be misled
by this political move. Jim Homer has consistently opposed benefits
that I tried to establish for our members. I've also been told
that Joe Gadano, the president of the Retiree's Club is supporting
Jim Homer for Business Manager. The problem is that Joe Gandano
does not know Jim Homer like I know him. Any election promises
Jim Homer makes are purely political.
After I fired Jim Homer he was later put
back on as a business agent. He then spoke to Executive Board
members, Andrew Espino and Larry Flores, to make a motion in a
Board meeting that he be given $10,000 for the time he did not
work. Both Espino and Flores saw to it that Jim Homer got a check
for $10,000! After Jim Homer's corrupt dispatching practices,
do you think it's right for Local 270 to had given him $10,000?
Both Andrew Espino and Larry Flores are running for office in
this election with Bob Hill. Remember to vote against the Bob
Hill ticket because of what Espino and Flores did in giving away
$10,000 of your money to someone who did not deserve it!
The membership of Local 270 totals over 4,000
members and about 90% of the membership is of Mexican descent.
This is why it is important to have a Business Manager who speaks
Spanish. In fact, for well over the last twenty years all of our
Business Managers have spoken Spanish. With a Mexican Business
Manager we have always seen our members get a Thanksgiving certificate
and gifts for Christmas. It's you members who pay your dues that
keeps Local 270 in operation. You pay a lot of money in the union
and you should get something back on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Today, there is no Business Manager in office that is Mexican.
The person in office in charge under Paul Radford is Jim Homer.
Tell me, did you members receive a Thanksgiving certificate this
year as you did in the past? Has Jim Homer noticed you that you
will be getting Christmas gifts this? Ho! For the first time in
many, many years, the members of Local 270 get NOTHING!@ When
you members received gifts in the past the union's assets were
around $7,000,000. Today the assets of the union are about $9,000,000.
We have $2,000,000 more today than we had in the past and yet
Jim Homer don't see to it that you members receive your gifts!
Jim Homer wants to be Business Manager over
a union that is 90% Mexican. But when he puts white people to
work who are suspended, and removes Mexicans who are suspended
from their jobs, take a stand against Jim Homer on election day!
Fraternally, Joe Gutierrez, Bus. Mgr., 1988-1996.