You and I Over Spend All Our Dues by $125,406.33 in One Month
Members of the 551, let me shed some light on our overspending.
It`s been asked, what ever happened to having our Financial Secretary report to the plant, one day a week? The reply I got from our Financial Secretary was, I had a problem with a member of management and got an R&W. It was then explained how the Financial Secretary went to Labor Relations and made arrangements to not have to report to the plant at all. After hearing this I asked, was our by-laws changed? The Financial Secretary said, “No”.
In a discussion with both the President and Financial Sec., I pointed out that they both are paying lost time that isn`t in the by-laws. The Financial Sec. and President both agreed that these payments were not right. Their reasoning behind doing what they both admitted as wrong, was “we just couldn’t get any changes made to the by-laws”. My next question, with both of you knowing and admitting these payments to the Financial Secretary are in conflict with the by-laws, (wrong) why are you still making out the checks while admitting it is wrong? Their response was, we tried to make changes but, we didn`t think it would be an issue.
Both the Financial Secretary and the Recording Secretary are being paid lost time that is not in our by-laws. I made my point very clear that these payments of lost time are not in our by-laws so legally these payments cannot be paid to either officer. Then in the same discussion I was told our Vice President gave direction and instructions to the Financial Sec. to categorize certain payments of lost time as “wages” when a member doesn’t lose any pay from Ford Motor Company. (Our Financial Sec. stating that is the way Scott trained me to categorize those types of checks) I asked the Financial Sec. and the President would you show me where this is in the by-laws, both said it`s not there. But they continue to make out these admittedly wrong checks.
I asked to go over the locals financial records and was denied. The Financial Sec. stated “you are just a rank & file member, so you will never see those records”. The Vice President stated “if you see the records then what?”... “Then other members would want to see the records?”... “You cannot see the records”. The President stated “you sent your request out to, too many people, so no you can`t see the records”.
The membership has the authority to correct our overspending and stop these admitted wrongful lost time checks. By attending the next membership meeting (Sunday Feb. 19 at 1:45pm) we can put a motion on the floor to view the financial records, I will offer to produce a very detailed report both in print and explain verbally at a membership meeting the findings of this viewing of the financial records.
For those members unaware of the totals, the 551 received from its members just over $266,000.00 in December. The 551 spent just over $391,000.00 in the same month.