I recently sent the following letter to the law firm of
Schlachman, Belski & Weiner, they were hired by our Good
Old Boys to represent us in workers comp cases in the event
we are injured on the job. However, like everything else
they're involved with, they've found a way to corrupt it
in their quest to maintain their joint partnerships with
the corporation, to the disadvantage of the membership.
To the firm of Schlachman, Belski & Weiner
September 1, 2001
Dear Mr. Weiner,
I am a member of UAW Local 239 at the Baltimore General
Motors assembly plant, and I feel representatives of your
firm are biased in their treatment of my workers compensation
When I first presented my case to Mr. Feldman and his legal
assistant Ms. Organ at my Local Union Hall, they thought
I had a good case, especially when I gave them a document
from my plants medical department stating that a door fell
off a stock bin, wrenching my right wrist and putting me
out on sick leave for over two weeks. Two months later the
same wrist flared up again, resulting in me going out on
sick leave for another week. My wrist is still causing me
problems almost a year later and will probably do so for
the rest of my life.
Members of your staff recommended I see Dr. SOandSO. I
did, and I found him to be an arrogant, self-absorbed pompous
quack. He spoke at light speed into a recorder about my
condition using words only another Doctor would understand,
and he did this for what seamed like hours. Then he had
the nerve to ask me if I understood what he had said. It
was at that point I realized, this guys out to lunch and
will be of no help.
So I wasn't at all surprised to receive a letter from Mr.
Feldman's office stating that Dr. SOandSO does not provide
a specific diagnosis of my problem, and he also failed to
state that my employer, GM, caused my condition.
The letter further states that I have the option of speaking
to Dr. SOandSO about obtaining a diagnosis and causation
letter, at a cost of about $170.00 out of my pocket. Excuse
me, but isn't that why my Union Officials hired your law
firm, so your staff could do the legwork "and"
bill the union? Something doesn't smell right.
I suspect your staff sent me to Dr SOandSO knowing full
well he would not give me a diagnosis and causation letter,
because he is part of the workers compensation charade I've
been hearing about from coworkers the last few years. I
will not speak to him, nor will I pay that quack, one red
And that leaves the other option of obtaining a second
opinion, that Mr. Feldman's letter also states would be
"at my own expense and risk." Which is why the
majority of comp cases are dropped, because of the time
and expense involved in pursuing them ourselves, this is
convenient for the corporation and misguided Union Officials.
Therefore, I am of the opinion that your staff is either
working with and/or they are being influenced by my Union
Officials, who in turn are blindly obedient to the UAW's
International Officials, who in turn are perversely concerned
with the corporation's bottom line, including, among other
things, workers comp.
So, here's my dilemma. I cannot trust the corporation (GM)
to look out for my well-being, hence, one of the many reasons
unions were formed in the first place. I cannot trust my
Union Officials, because as I've already stated, they are
more concerned with the corporation's bottom line than they
are with the health and well-being of the membership they
were at one time obligated to represent.
And lastly, since I cannot trust my Union Officials, I
cannot trust the Lawyers they hire, or the Doctors the Lawyers
recommend. What a sham and shame. I should have listened
to coworkers with past experiences who advised me to seek
Lawyers outside our Union Officials influence when I first
pursued my case, but I thought I'd give your staff the benefit
of doubt. I wasted a year for not listening, but I learned
a great deal about the system.
Mr. Weiner, I know I should have sent this letter of my
intent to Mr. Feldman as he requested, but, since he works
for your firm, I felt that you too should be aware of my
dissatisfaction with the system my corrupt Union Officials
made your firm a major player in. If not your firm, then
it would have been someone else's.
So don't get me wrong; I do not fault your staff or your
firm. The fault lies entirely with the "UAW's International
Officials" for not only corrupting the system, but
my Local Union Officials as well. Damn them.
It is with great shame that I ask you to please advise
Mr. Feldman, Ms. Organ and my local union's workers comp
committee that I will seek Lawyers and Doctors who are outside
my Union Officials influence. And I will also inform coworkers
to do likewise until the corruption in our union is eradicated.
Good Old Boys
I wonder if I would get the same treatment from our workers
comp Lawyers if my last name were Alfred, Dorsey, Miller
or Basilone? Or if I were a Good Old Boy like Fred Swanner
and Danny Jachelski, who incidentally should be back on
the line after losing not only one, but two high profile
elections? Or if I sucked up to our Good Old Boys like Darren
Petty and Steve Sanzone? Or Eric Dolata and Kevin Pack,
who rode their father's coattails into appointed positions?
I'm sorry, I forgot that these people don't need workers
comp Lawyers, because not one of them have a real working
job like you and I do. Although, I have a feeling most of
them will retire or need comp Lawyers about this time next
Our Good Old Boys corruption of workers comp is another
issue for us to add to the long list of issues to remember
when election time comes around in June. Their continued
abuse of nepotism and favoritism in their appointments for
facilitators and their selections for the education program
is the only reason I need to send them packing. I look forward
to this election like no other, because a major shake-up
of our union's leadership and all their appointments is
inevitable, big time.
Fact or Fiction?
When I wrote, "Bonuses from $olidarity House"
in April, it was originally intended to be humorous, but
after reading it a few times, I found it to be a little
unsettling and I asked myself, is it really that far from
the truth? I sent it out nationwide and a member of the
new UAW Solidarity Coalition agreed and posted it on his
website, giving it an unofficial UAW letterhead. Check it
out and explore the website at; http://uawlocal594.com/humor/sodhouse/sod01.htm
BONU$E$ FROM $OLIDARITY HOU$E
To all Local Presidents of the UAW,
As you know, "Living Agreements" have replaced
contracts for many of you, thus allowing you to negotiate
petty differences and misunderstandings on an ongoing basis
as they occur, thereby eliminating all the unnecessary bickering
and the threat of strikes.
These Agreements have become so popular, we've decided
to take them to the next step and make them "Non-Expiring,"
and we've devised a program to implement non-expiring Living
Agreements nationwide. We're sure this program will be as
exciting for you as it is for us.
Therefore we, the Magnificent Seven of $olidarity House
are both proud and pleased to announce that we have a special
bonus program for all local presidents who meet the following
requirements. This program begins immediately, and expires
no later than midnight, September 14, 2002.
We are offering a bonus of $75,000 to the first local president
to ratify a non-expiring Living Agreement. And $50,000 bonuses
go to the second, third, forth and fifth local presidents
to ratify non-expiring Living Agreements.
Also a bonus of $25,000 will be awarded to all remaining
presidents to ratify non-expiring Living Agreements before
the deadline. If any of you are fortunate enough to generate
a petition within 24 months from the date of ratification
of said Agreement, you'll receive an extra bonus of $25,000.
We love it when the membership wastes their time on petitions.
Our goal is to have non-expiring Living Agreements throughout
all locals nationwide by the end of this decade. Although
we encourage all of you to ratify non-expiring Living Agreements
before the expiration date of this program, because we can't
guarantee we'll be offering this same lucrative bonus program
in the future. If however, you fail to ratify said Living
Agreement by the end of this decade, your future, as well
as the future of your membership will be in doubt. Need
we say more?
So, the sooner you ratify a non-expiring Living Agreement
in your local the more financially rewarding it will be
for you. Once we have non-expiring Local Living Agreements
nationwide, we, the Magnificent Seven of $olidarity House,
will receive our bonuses from the corporations when we provide
them with a non-expiring "National" Living Agreement.
All bonuses will be paid in cash and of course we will
deny any knowledge of the bonus program. Should the membership
get wind of this program or a copy of this letter, we'll
blame it on them damn bleeding heart activist that, like
roaches, seem to be everywhere lately, and they're always
lying about something.
For the hell of it, we'll throw in an extra bonus of $5,000
for every activist you discourage from infecting other members
with their freethinking ways. You may use any means necessary
as long as the Feds aren't involved.
Best of luck to all of you and may the most creative presidents
reap the most rewards.
Fraternally, the Magnificent Seven of $olidarity House