Suspended Again!

Good Day Brothers and Sisters of the TWU Local 570 (LGA), I have been suspended again from being a TWU local shop steward.

These last 24 hrs have been a whirlwind filled with different emotions.

On Wednesday, one of our co-workers got terminated before an investigation. This unnamed co-worker alerted the union and followed all of the protocols set in place to have the TWU local 570 protect his job.

Fleet Service Clerk Terminated Without Due Process.

When I found out that our co-worker received discipline without cause, I was upset. How many of our co-workers are we going to lose before our union steps up and does what they’re supposed to do {protect the worker.} I spoke with a TWU local 570 Board Member, and he stated, “Raymond, H.R. is conducting all workplace investigations.” In other words, all decisions to terminate employees are H.R. decisions. That power is being taken away from the management team at LGA.

Question Everything.

I didn’t question the motives of this board member; I took him at his word. After all, he represents the TWU local 570 and has been a board member for years.

Back to the terminated employee, the employee was contacted on Thursday and told that his termination got rescinded. The company had to do an investigation now.

Mind you, when this employee got terminated, the letter clearly stated that an investigation had taken place. And as a result of said investigation, the employee would be terminated.

An Investigation Comes before the Termination.

The reason the employee got interviewed for the investigation was not that the union fought for him to get due process. It happened because the employee reached out to the higher-ups in the company, and they knew procedurally there was a slip-up.

The employee reached out to me and asked that I attend his interview. I cleared my schedule and drove two hours to ensure the employee’s rights were protected. The meeting began with a half-hearted admittance that the employee should not have gotten terminated before an investigation.

Suspended Again.

But let’s go back a couple of hours. I sent an email to the higher-ups letting them know my concerns about how I feel LGA is getting run into the ground. The meeting went as expected, and the investigation will eventually run its course.

Later that night, I received an email from the current union president, Dan Rivera. The email said that I was suspended again because I broke protocol and went to the higher-ups about our current work conditions.

I let Mr. Rivera know that he can keep his shop steward position because I have higher aspirations. This guy does not deserve re-election as president. I am his replacement.

I say all of this to address the many concerns you express about the TWU local 570. Those concerns are not without merit. If we want to change the TWU local 570, we have to be more active in the process, and we have to attend meetings and vote.

A new podcast episode will be available in the next couple of days!

Published by Raymond J. Ankrum, Sr.

Mr. Ankrum is the current Superintendent of the Riverhead Charter School. Mr. Ankrum has gained notoriety as a school turnaround expert. He is enthusiastic about helping students from low (SES) find ways to end generational poverty through educational advocacy. If you believe PoC can end generational poverty by exercising educational opportunities, you have an ally in @Mr_Ankrum.

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