Dealing with the Troy, Michigan School District And My Dysfunctional
A Statement by a Fired Worker
This is a short overview of how my employer, Troy School District in
Michigan, fabricated a 'file' of alleged threats by me to ultimately
my firing. By doing this, they attempted to silence any opposition to or
exposure of their discrimination and exploitation of individuals, the
bargaining unit and, of course, me. Although my case is the most
outstanding example of this tactic, it has not been limited to me. The
others simply suffer, and cave in to the constant harassment and fear
created by this repetitive scenario. In addition, my union, the MEA,
to file or process grievances on my behalf, and blocked any
regarding my case.
I will give a list of the disciplines, the phony police report, a short
description of the "medical examination," the local unions (TESPA), and
role of the MEA (Michigan Education Association). Not to be understated
the role of the union in this. I was exposing their collusion and
to represent in the form of many grievances. This caused their
and complete failure to represent.
The disciplines for allegations of threats and "gross insubordination"
all directly related to my union activities. These were in the form of
grievances, statements made at general membership meetings, and letters
have written on behave of the bargaining unit, individuals and myself.
Every discipline is retaliation for these actions.
On January 14, 1997, I was accused of threatening the Asst. Supt. of
Resources when I said I would file grievances and arbitration as a means
prevent an illegal and discriminatory workers compensation policy being
imposed on the bargaining unit. Prior to this "special conference" where
this policy was to be discussed, I had been most outspoken about the
discrimination and incompetence that was behind it. This proposed policy
was actually the motivation for the nearly clean sweep of local officers
the elections of November 1996. I was elected vice-president at that
It was at that exact moment of my statement, during this meeting, the
administrator (Maureen Kelly) exploded with this accusation. I must
here that Maureen Kelly has been a subject of many of my grievances, and
she has a long festering vendetta against me. I regularly refer to her
bigot, racist, sexist, liar, coward and incompetent. All of which she
After the meeting I received a letter that has since been illegally put
into my file and called discipline. This has been used as "progressive
discipline." The letter was given to me under completely fraudulent
which can be proven. The next was a letter of discipline I received was
April 30, 1998 when I was forced into a meeting by an administrator
Williams), who was accusing me of medical fraud and illegal union
activities. This was when I led the bargaining unit in the
of AFSCME as our representatives. (In March 1998 I was contacted by MEA
representatives to organize for the MEA. The goal was to decertify
Counsel 25 as our union affiliation. I strongly believed AFSCME failed
meet their obligations as our union affiliation. I am a strong union
supporter and by no means anti-union.)
I was not disciplined for either accusation, but for allegations of
during the meeting and allegations of threatening behavior towards
other employees. Once again I stated I was filing grievances.
before the meeting, which was attended by the president of the local, I
told him that this was the intent of this meeting. During this
"investigation" the administrator constantly insulted me and made
accusations about my past behavior. He in reality hardly even talked
the medical fraud. I actually had a serious illness, complete renal
failure. I was hospitalized and out of work for nearly two months. This
well documented. He called this medical fraud.
The third discipline was for a phone conversation on February 24, 2000,
which I received a three week suspension, for allegations I threatened
then vice-president (Pam Hood) in this phone conversation. In reality
vice-president was threatening and harassing the member I was
that night, and for whom I had filed grievances for. The VP was acting
direct orders of the Asst. Superintendent Maureen Kelly. She wanted to
invalidate legal and processed grievances on behalf of Maureen Kelly.
had absolutely no right to do this or even be involved because at that
level the uniserv-director of the MEA has jurisdiction. She then made a
phony police report of a fictionalized nonexistent phone call claiming I
was going to stop her from driving a bus. This was actually in regard to
her inquiry about grievances I was filing about her undercutting our
overtime pay structure, and to be allowed to hold two hourly positions.
These actions were unprecedented and just a "sweetheart deal" to line
pockets. I also did not even bring the subject up, she did. I simply
was filing grievances about them. The administrators and the MEA have
refused to produce the phone records to substantiate this phone call
was long distance. The description of this phone call is so outrageously
false it is almost comical, except for the effect it has had on my life.
Also intentionally overlooked is the fact that I only paged this person
the asking of the member, who had just been called by Hood about the
grievances. Hood had been threatening her for weeks.
The last discipline, the firing, and probably the most demented of all,
regards the letter I sent to the President of the MEA, Lu Battaglieri.
letter was given to the Superintendent of Troy Schools. The
stated the now president of our local, Pam Hood, and the same person who
called the police, gave her the letter. The superintendent claimed that
letter was actually meant for her. This then caused my firing for "gross
insubordination" because she did not believe I had the right to
her administrators in this letter. The superintendent implied I had no
right to send a copy of the letter to the local union for our files
Pam Hood could not "do anything for me." I was asking Lu Battaglieri to
intervene on my behave because of this colluded liar Pam Hood.
when the president of the local (Pam Hood) was questioned during a
hearing within the MEA infrastructure she denied giving the letter to
Superintendent. A flagrant lie. The MEA allowed this lie and many others
during this hearing. I was censured by this panel.
In regard to the fabricated and false police report, I was forced to
a "mental evaluation" under the threat of immediate discharge. This was
most humiliating experience of my life. This doctor, who was hand-picked
the administrator, insulted me, made ethnic remarks about religion and
ethnic background and organizations I belonged to. He made many
into my family and personnel life. He made inquires into my sex life. He
asked if I was homosexual, and if I had sex the night before the
"examination." He wanted to know about my sexual behavior of the past.
was aggressive and antagonizing, trying to provoke an act of violence.
was obvious. He then made the most outrageous "medical report" in his
biased and racist opinion and gave it to the employer. This included his
remarks about my sex life and behavior. He based this on the false
information he received from the employer. I called this "customized
report" a complete fraud. He ultimately said I was fit to work. But this
embarrassment of a report was placed in the hands of this administrator
her cronies for viewing. This is a sickening thing to have happened.
On February 24, 2000, a police report was submitted concerning alleged
threats by myself to the vice-president of my local, who was acting
illegally as the grievance chairperson. This was in regards to a phone
conversation when the vice-president, acting on behalf of the employer,
baited me into making statements about her personnel situation. I had no
intention of contacting this person that night, and only did at the
of a member I was representing. The member had been contacted by this
person, and became fearful herself. I believe the police report was a
preplanned act because of the fraudulent statements made, and made at
suggestion of the employer who had a great interest in oppressing the
grievances of concern.
The local union and the MEA have refused to file grievances, or process
own grievances. They refused to allow any investigation to prove my
innocence and the fraud of the accusers. These accusers include several
their staff who are in collusion with this wealthy employer. In our
contract a step 3 grievance is the most significant procedure in
rights to defense. It is here where the employer is to present all
to be used in arbitration. The MEA voided this step on all occasions.
have refused to call witnesses on my behalf, refused to acquire the
records which would be indisputable proof of the administration's lies
concerning my guilt. They adjourned the arbitrations, of which there
supposed to be two. They tried to force a settlement which forfeited my
and labeled me a criminal. This involved a phony workers compensation
I was supposed to agree to. They refused to allow me to make a statement
these arbitrations even if they were convened. They were not going to
examine witnesses the administration had, which of course meant they
lie unchallenged. They refused to call witnesses on my behalf which
prove that the accusations were fraudulent. They allowed illegal and
unknown documents and e-mails to be inserted as evidence, and concealed
fact they existed to just 4 days before the first scheduled arbitration.
They even tried to hide these documents in the package they sent me. On
day of the first arbitration I asked for a postponement because of the
revelations of these documents, and it was denied. The arbitrator then
stopped the hearing, stating that to resolve this issue a settlement
be reached. I was badgered and harassed after that by four MEA
representatives there. I even agreed because I was exhausted and
frustrated. I agreed to the pathetic money settlement contingent on the
language of the agreement. I warned them that day I would not allow the
administration to use me as a scapegoat for their demented allegations.
Sure enough, when the agreement was presented to me, it was a bad as it
could get. I told them it was unacceptable and I no longer would settle
under any terms. I was outraged by this document.
Also the attorney for the employer, Craig Lange, has been on my case for
years. This was also concealed from me. Even in my first meeting with
"hired gun" he claimed he did not know of my situation and the MEA reps
there did not reveal he was lying. This man has been behind this
story from the beginning and is known for his ruthless and unethical
behavior. I have since researched
this "agitator" and found he has used this tactic of disrupted meetings
accusations in other places of public employment.
"In addition, the attorney for the employer, Craig Lange has been party
these fabrications for a number of years. I believe as far back as 1994,
and maybe even before that. Mr. Langes role was concealed from me by
Even in my first meeting with this "hired gun" he claimed he was unaware
the situation and the MEA did not reveal he was lying. Lange, is known
his ruthless and unethical behavior towards employees. I have researched
"agitator" and found he has used similar tactics in other places of
employment. Recently in St. Clair Shores, MI., the city employees
to accept the proposed contract after negotiations. This made the
Instead of negotiating in good faith collective bargaining with the
after the defeat, the city walked out of a meeting after a half hour
discussion and then refused to negotiate in a state mediator called
meeting. Instead of negotiation, the City tried to impose its own
"agreement." The local then went to court. The judge (Edward Servitto)
issued a Preliminary Injunction on behalf of the local requiring the
to withdraw unilateral changes in working conditions. Craig Lange is the
city attorney for St. Clair Shores. This is not the first time Mr. Lange
has attempted this type of "end run." The behavior by city officials and
their attitude towards the employees is clearly a reflection of the
disregard Mr. Lange has for employee rights and citizens rights. His
clients are consistently involved in bulling
tactics. The disruptions I have described are repetitive behavior
with my former employer."