November 11, 1999
Dear Recording Secretary:
As a member in good standing of the Laborer's
International Union of North America, I, Mike Blissmer, am preferring
charges against Mike Campbell and Frank Bova in accordance with
Article XXIII of the Constitution of the Laborers' International
Union of North America as well as Article III of the Uniform Local
Union Constitution of the Laborers' International Union
of North America together with Article XII of the Uniform District
On September 29, 1999, field representative
Mike Campbell called my job superintendent, Bob Loiacano, and
told him I had been fighting of the job. Mr. Campbell told Mr.
Loiacano that he expected me to be disciplined for fighting.
Disciplinary action for fighting on the job is immediate dismissal.
Bob Loiacano knew nothing of the incident. Mr. Loiacano investigated
the incident and my fellow brothers stood by me and told the investigators
that there was no incident. Bob Loiacano informed Mike Campbell
that the investigation turned up nothing. Mike Campbell then
threatened Bob Loiacano by saying that if he did not discipline
me, if other things happened on the job, he could not discipline
It is my position that a union official trying
to get union members fired is against everything our union stands
for and further I think that this incident was politically motivated.
As a member of this union, I have the potential to be a candidate
for and hold an office or position in the local union. I feel
this incident is politically motivated.
Specifically, under Article II of the Uniform
Local Union Constitution, Section I, Objects: each local
union is charged with the responsibility to (c) conduct it's affairs
in a manner which would most tend to enhance, conserve and protect
the welfare and interests of the International Union, it's affiliates
and members; further that the union is charged with the responsibility
to perform or carry out it's objects and functions in accordance
with the provisions of this constitution, the International Union
Constitution and the Uniform District Counsel Constitution as
herein after provided.
That in conclusion, this behavior on the
part of both Mr. Campbell and Mr.Bova is not conduct in a manner
which would tend to enhance, conserve and protect the welfare
and interests of myself, Mike Blissmer, a member of the Laborer's
International Union of North America.
As business manager, Frank Bova, pursuant
to Uniform Local Union Constitution Article IV shall be in charge
of, direct and supervise the activities of field representatives
such as Mike Campbell and it shall be his duty to see to it that
the affairs and business of the local union are being properly
conducted in accordance with the constitution. That Mr. Bova
is then vicariously liable for the actions of Mr. Campbell as
In conclusion, I think that Mr. Campbell
should be fined, suspended from his job and expelled from the
union and further that Frank Bova should be fined and further
disciplined as the trial board sees fit.
By: Michael Blissmer
Member, Laborer's International Union of North America