1025 Thomas Jefferson Street,
Suite 420 East
Washington D.C., 20007-5243
Phone: (202) 625-1200
Fax: (202) 625-1230
April 22, 1999
BY FAX ONLY
Mason M. Warren
Vice President & Regional Manager
620 Sunbeam Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Vice President Warren:
I am witing to you in your capacity as Supervisor
of Local 270 in accordance with the terms of the Agreement of
Supervision of October, 1997.
As we agreed at the meeting in California
two weeks ago, you are directed to exercise your authority under
the Agreement to relieve Ray Duran, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer,
and George Ramirez, President, of all of their responsibilities
as officers and Executive Board members forthwith. Additionally,
Frank Romero is to be removed as a member of the Exective Board.
Their positions are not to be filled pending an election of officers
when the supervision is terminated.
Following the removal of these officers,
we understand that you will resign as Supervisor and that I or
the General President will appoint Paul Radford, formerly Business
Manager of Local 185 in Sacramento, California, as your successor.
As Supervisor, Mr. Radford is to serve as te principal executive
officers of Local 270, exercising day-to-day responsibility for
the conduct of its affairs. It is our understanding that Mr. Radford
will move temporarily to San Jose and be present at Local 270
on a daily basis to discharge his responsibilities.
In consultation with the remaining members
of the Executive Board, Mr. Radford may exercise his discretion
to retain Mr.Ramirez as a field representative; likewise, they
may also exercise their discretion to retain Sal Lopez. Neither
Mr. Dunin nor Mr. Romero may be retained as employees of Local
We expect that the trustees of the benefit
funds will tender their resignations and their successors will
be selected after consultation and review by the GEB Attorney and
the Inspector General.
We look forward to working with you, Mr.
Hammond and Mr. Radford to ensure that the affairs of Local 270
are conducted with great care and that, together, we can look
forward to early elections and an end to the Supervision. We remain
grateful for your service as supervisor and for the cooperation
you and your staff have shown.
Robert D. Luskin