A plan by the Prince George’s county Delegation to Amend PG 507-18 /HB 186 is drafted and incorporated in bad faith for members and the county. The bill if passed, will set a very bad precedent for the future.
Prince George’s County Educators’ Association (PGCEA) should not be part of the quasi judicial body of the Prince George’s county Public Schools or “Board”. As this will set a very bad history never witnessed before anywhere in the entire universe. The work rules negotiated by the union have also hamstrung management, which cannot discipline officers involved in misconduct without the union’s approval. In this regards, there is no one union which is more special in Prince George’s county over the others.
Mr. Darryl Barnes and quid pro quo.
It’s interesting to note that, on or around January 24th, 2018 the current Education chairman for prince George’s County Education committee Mr. Darryl Barnes received an endorsement from Maryland State Education Association (MSEA). The endorsement of PGCEA to be part of the quasi judicial body appears to be quid pro quo after Delegate Mr. Darrl Barnes received an endorsement of MSEA. PGCEA reports to MSEA and is currently involved in major violations of employees grievances and is being sued.
Nearly fifty years after John F. Kennedy first condemned corrupt leadership in the American labor movement, it is still plagued by rampant corruption, embezzlement, racketeering and influence from numerous organized crime organizations. From penny-ante theft to multi-million dollar embezzlement schemes, labor leaders continue to violate the trust of the members they claim to represent.
The labor movement is nothing but the sum of its many parts—millions of working Americans who’ve entrusted union leaders to spend a portion of their hard earned salary for the benefit of the collective good. Financially speaking, the sum of the movement’s parts totals more than $10 billion dollars annually in mandatory dues and controls another $400 billion in financial assets in strike funds, pension plans, and health care benefits.
In fact, in just the last five years, hundreds (maybe thousands) of labor leaders at all levels of the movement have been convicted of embezzlement, corruption, racketeering, or engaging in organized crime. The problem is rampant, getting worse, and yet the unions seemingly refuse to address it.
For Many years now, Mr. Damon Felton an attorney for the Maryland state Education Association has been the person destroying the unions in Prince George’s County by undermining grievances in-conspiracy. Mr. Damon has been working closely with former and current members of the Prince George’s county Board of Education starting with Mr. Christian Rhodes a former employee of PGCEA/MSEA and others to cover up wrong doing and get rid of employees without due process of the law. This is criminal and must be resisted by all members of the county.
- The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act’s (LMRDA) reliance on self-government, public disclosure, and ultimately deterrence has failed;
- The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has investigated and prosecuted union leaders for embezzling more than $100 million in union dues since 2001;
- Investigations by the DOL’s Office of Inspector General, which investigates labor racketeering and organized crime’s influence within the labor movement, has resulted in more than $1 billion in fines, restitutions, and forfeitures;
- Fewer than 5 percent of unions audited by the DOL received unqualified passes.