Jon Hunt brought a guest for moral support and note taking.
Several members objected, including one who referred to her own case where she was not allowed to have a guest attend.
A vote was taken and the majority voted to allow his guest.
There were several by-laws changes proposed, not really sure what the procedure is for this further down the line.
Jon Hunt turned the meeting over to Sam Swartz who presented the charges against Jon.
He objected because of the cost of the proceedings.
Sam proceeded to read the charges in a monotone that you could fall asleep to.
Some guy sitting in the front row starting talking about "death row" and other incoherent things.
Sam was clearly against the charges going forward.
There was a motion for this to be a secret ballot, the crazy guy in front starting ranting again.
The usual procedure is a hand vote, a lengthy discussion ensued that really had no meaning.
Evette made a good point in stating that arbitration's are conducted in a secret method.
It was decided to split the vote into two parts.
Part 1 was regarding Hunts dismissal of Chris Day. Hunt further explained that he followed Robert rules of order when he refused Chris re-entry into the meeting because Chris was disrupting the meeting.
It seemed that members were not clear about what they were voting on and it had to be explained numerous times that this vote was for the authorization of a tribunal to be formed to investigate the charges.
Sam stated that Chris was allowed to come to the next meeting and proceeded to take pictures with his phone.
Several members strongly objected that Jon gets to keep his job after a DUI but the rest of us would be fired for it.
A member reminded others that Jon Hunt signed the provision that allows Trimet to terminate us for a DUI, not only on duty for the company but in our own private vehicle. AL THOMAS said that the man that brought that point up did not know what he was talking about and never knew what he was talking about. Al then proceeded to act irresponsibly.
A rambunctious discussion ensued.
Evette challenged Jon's statement that his problems have cost the union nothing.
The vote was more or less a landslide for Jon Hunt.
11 YEA 60 NAY ON CHRIS DAY CHARGES
19 YEA 60 NAY ON THE DUI CHARGES100 MEMBERS SHOWED UP ABOUT 7% OF TRIMET UNION EMPLOYEES
I found the whole thing completely dysfunctional and a waste of my time. The way the union handles these types of procedures is despicable. In my opinion this should be voted on by all the members by mail. I never expected this to go forward, but I was not expecting this much of a circus. From appearances it seems that most people think our union is doing a wonderful job. I see lots of failure, but apparently most people feel otherwise.
|Vote for Vermin Supreme president ATU757|
|Jeff Ackerson poses while voting|
|Jon Hunt goes back to business as usual after winning the vote|
|About 100 people showed up|