Union Busting continues: Steve Cooley violates injunction, Jackie Lacey unable to control employees

October 15, 2012

Janet Moore and Julie-Dixon Silva lose control and engage in anti-union animus rants against the prosecutors union representative.

In the wake of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s race and union busting federal trial, anti-union animus continues. Jackie Lacey’s and Steve Cooley’s violation of a federal injunction is flagrant in the form of their manager Janet Moore and county counsel Julie-Dixon Silva.  

Steve Cooley and Jackie Lacey along with their directors and managers were ordered by federal judge Otis Wright, in the form of a federal injunction to stop harassing and intimidating members of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, a certified prosecutors union.

ADDA/AFSCME attorney Tris Carpenter, represents DAs in matters such as grievance hearings and union issues, and Mr. Carpenter accompanied a young district attorney in a grievance hearing where the DA “reported sexual harassment, domestic violence, trespassing, and potential grand theft”.  Read Unfair Labor Practices complaint here. Director Janet Moore along with wannabe judge, but thankfully not appointed by Governor Brown, Julie-Dixon Silva, both flew into a rage and began their rant of anti-union remarks and explicative vocabulary unbecoming of ladies, district attorneys and managers. Janet Moore was previously named in the anti-union federal law suit set for trial in early December.  Moore was unfortunately dropped from the law suit for unknown reasons.

With language fit for a sailor, Moore reportedly screamed at the union representative Tris Carpenter calling him a “paid Lackey whose only existence was to draw a salary from the dues paid by the members of the union”.  She told Mr. Carpenter to “get the f*** out of my office”, but that the district attorney filing their grievance could stay.  Moore violated the federal injunction, ERO 5.04.070 and ERO 5.04.240 by restraining and coercing employees from exercising their rights avail themselves of union representation and file grievances when they are mistreated.

Moore and Silva committed unfair employee relations practices and could be held in contempt of federal court.  Inside sources say this is only one of many flagrant violations that have existed over the past year since the injunction was filed. Meanwhile, Jackie Lacey has been seen around town at debates and fundraisers bragging about her abilities as a manager.  It seems her ability to manage Julie-Dixon Silva and Janet Moore are only part of Jackie Lacey’s problems as she enters into the District Attorney’s election and federal court where she will face perjury allegations.


Evidence of purgery: LA Times reports Jacquelyn Lacey “Jackie”: Chief Deputy D.A. gave conflicting testimony

May 21, 2012

Credit LA Times as they report on Jackie Lacey Purgery

By Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
May 20, 2012, 9:16 p.m.

Los Angeles County Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey gave conflicting testimony under oath during two union grievance hearings, attributing the contradiction to being confused and having problems with her blood sugar level, according to transcripts reviewed by The Times. (Read Employee Relations Commission transcript here Jackie Lacey Union Busting Transcript 1Jackie Lacey Union Busting Transcript 2) Lacey, who is running for district attorney and has won major endorsements from newspapers, including The Times, testified under oath in 2009 and 2010 as part of a county employment dispute in which the union representing prosecutors accused the district attorney’s office of retaliating against its officers.

Lacey testified at a July 2009 hearing that she told a prosecutor (Read Rob Dver testimoney and transcript here) who was considering joining the union’s bargaining team that “it was a bad idea” because Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley strongly disliked the union’s president at the time. She agreed that she also told the same prosecutor, a close friend of hers, that Cooley thought the union would be a disaster and that he didn’t like the union, according to a transcript from the hearing.

Six months later, Lacey testified at another hearing for the same dispute but said she never told the prosecutor that Cooley didn’t like the union or thought it would be a disaster. (Read Jackie Lacey purgery testimony here)

Lacey, then an assistant district attorney, said she had misunderstood some of the questions posed during the July 2009 hearing and realized her mistake after reading a transcript of her testimony.

“That afternoon I was really tired and I just, obviously, was confused,” she said during the January 2010 hearing. “I have blood-sugar issues in the afternoon where I lose concentration quite a bit.”

Until now, Lacey’s testimony at the county’s employee relations commission hearings has played no role in the race to succeed Cooley, who is retiring after three terms and has endorsed Lacey to replace him. In an email to The Times last month, however, a campaign strategist for rival district attorney candidate City Atty. Carmen Trutanich referred to Lacey’s “memory lapse (or flat out lying) under oath testifying in the union-busting suit against her and Cooley.”

Asked recently about her testimony, Lacey told The Times she did not lie but had not been listening closely enough to some of the questions during the first hearing. She said the county hearing officer who was deciding the dispute never found that she had been untruthful.

“I made a mistake,” she said. “I really should have been a lot more alert and careful.”

At the time, Lacey said, she had poor eating habits that resulted in her experiencing low energy in the afternoons — a problem she said she now manages better. Still, she said she regretted that the issue of her blood-sugar level had been raised during the hearing and blamed the attorney who was representing the district attorney’s office for asking her about it.

“He tried to make that an excuse, which was a mistake,” she said. “That was terrible. I never authorized him to say that was it.”

Hyatt Seligman, the current president of the Assn. of Deputy District Attorneys, described Lacey as “professional and fair” in her dealings with him but criticized her testimony at the hearing, particularly her explanation that she was confused and had a low blood-sugar level.

“On its face it’s difficult to swallow,” he said. “She, in my opinion, fell on her sword to protect Mr. Cooley, and it stood out, glaringly.”

The union has endorsed another candidate, Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers, for district attorney.

At the end of the case, the commission’s hearing officer found that the district attorney’s office transferred veteran prosecutors to less desirable assignments as part of a “deliberate and thinly disguised campaign” aimed at destroying the union.

Lacey described the county employee relations commission hearings as a “kangaroo court” and the hearing officer’s conclusions as “fraught with mistakes.” The district attorney’s office has asked a judge to overturn the commission’s findings, arguing that the proceeding was unfair and the hearing officer biased.

The office recently produced emails showing that the hearing officer, Thomas S. Kerrigan, told the commission’s executive director in private while the case was ongoing that he was “amazed at how stupid” one of Cooley’s lawyers was; called Cooley “mediocre”; and penned a poem to memorialize Cooley’s failed bid for attorney general that included the lines, “Hang down your head and sob; hang down your head, Steve Cooley; stuck in the same old job.” Kerrigan could not be reached for comment.

jack.leonard@latimes.com

NOTE:  LA County Board of Supervisors finally paid Marc Debbaut what was owed to him.  Steve Ipsen, former President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, and Hyatt Seligman, current President of the ADDA will start their federal trial against Steve Cooley and his union busting actions in June.  Jones Day will be defending Cooley and is expected to bill the county millions of dollars in billable hours.  This trial is expected to come at a hefty price to the tax payers and prove Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley violated federal law and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.


The Association of Deputy District Attorney’s Wins Affiliation with AFSCME – Steve Cooley, Jackie Lacey and Mario Trujillo under fire for “union busting”

June 22, 2011
Association of Deputy District Attorneys affiliates with AFSCME
Association of Deputy District Attorneys affiliates with AFSCME

Winning a 5:1 vote – the Association of Deputy District Attorney’s is now affiliated with AFSCME.  The elected District Attorney Steve Cooley and second in charge Jacquelyn “Jackie” Lacey can’t be happy with the overwhelming result given that they have a federal law suit against them.   

California Lawyer Magazine reported Deputy District Attorney Rob Dver’s testimony is at the heart of the federal law suit.  Rob Dver testified that Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (Read Dver testimony).  Additionally, Jackie Lacey and Mario Trujillo are both running for District Attorney in 2012.  They are part of the management team that is charged with “union busting” in civil court.  Elected DA Steve Cooley is backing Jackie Lacey’s candidacy.  Both she and Mario Trujillo have stated they will exit the race if Steve Cooley decides to jump back in the race at the last-minute. 

Steve Ipsen founded the Association of Deputy District Attorneys and was President of the ADDA for nearly a decade.  The ADDA will now proceed with an agency shop election.

Steve Ipsen will challenge Jackie Lacey and Mario Trujillo in the Los Angeles District Attorney 2012 election.  Steve Ipsen has been outspoken about the anti-union actions of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s management team.  The trial is set to begin in September.


California Lawyer Magazine reports Jackie Lacey, Mario Trujillo and Steve Cooley are under scrutiny for UNION BUSTING!

June 3, 2011
Mario Trujillo, Steve Cooley and Jacquelyn Lacey "Jackie" are scrutinized in the California Lawyer Magazine as the facts are reported as UNION BUSTING!

Mario Trujillo, Steve Cooley and Jacquelyn Lacey "Jackie" are scrutinized in the California Lawyer Magazine as the facts are reported as UNION BUSTING!

California Lawyer Magazine’s June article features Mario Trujillo, Steve Cooley and Jacquelyn “Jackie” Lacey.  The California Lawyer reports their involvement in anti union relations as managers in the District Attorney’s office.
 
Mario Trujillo – Running for District Attorney in 2012, Trujillo is is currently a Head Deputy at the Bellflower branch with only 15 years of experience.
 
Steve Cooley – He is Los Angeles’s elected District Attorney who ran against Kamala Harris for Attorney General and lost with an overwhelming majority in his own LA County territory.
 
Jacquelyn “Jackie” Lacey – Lacey is also running for District Attorney in 2012 and was  just promoted to #2 in the office by Steve Cooley.  She was recently endorsed by Steve Cooley who is a Republican.  Many believe this is a false endorsement to give Alan Jackson (Cooley’s real choice and the Republican party’s true choice) a chance at becoming elected.  Minutes after Cooley’s endorsement, Cooley’s good friend, the Republican Board of Supervisor Michael Antonovich endorsed Alan Jackson.  It is no secret that Cooley isn’t favored in LA County after his recent loss to Kamala Harris where an overwhelming majority of LA County voters supported Harris.  The obvious answer is that an endorsement from Steve Cooley may actually hurt Lacey. If she can’t raise money using Cooley’s name, he can use this excuse to re-enter the race at the last-minute to prevent a year-long attack for 11 years of overcrowded jails and a bloated prison system.

These three prosecutors will have some questions to answer when they take the witness stand in September and the Jones Day attorney’s will likely have to go through many practice rounds of cross examination to prevent further mishaps while under oath. 

THREE STRIKES AGAINST THESE PROSECUTORS ALREADY

  1.  The HONORABLE Judge Otis D. Wright imposed an unprecedented federal injunction to stop Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley for union busting activities that he called “striking and rampant”.   He stated, “Plaintiffs have established a high likelihood of irreparable harm. Defendants’ far-reaching actions have pushed the union to the brink and, as Plaintiffs point out, “ADDA’s ability to recruit new members, and retain current ones, has been severely strained by the pressures from Defendants’ harassment and intimidation.” (Mot. at 21.) Indeed, given the fear instilled by Defendants, and the union hesitancy and defections resulting therefrom, it is very likely that ADDA will not even exist by the time this action concludes.” He then goes on to say “IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendants, their officers, agents, servants, employees or persons in active concert with any of them, are restrained and enjoined from discriminating or retaliating against members of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys on the basis of their membership in ADDA. This Order includes, but is not limited to, a prohibition of punitive transfers, demotions, discriminatory distribution of benefits and discipline on the basis of membership in the ADDA. Defendants are also enjoined and restrained from utilizing rates for medical or health benefit plans that are based upon a deputy district attorney’s representation by ADDA.” (Read full order here)
  2.  An Employee Relations Hearing Officer Thomas Kerrigan heard three months of testimony and stated, “This case is almost anachronistic in its nature with undisguised acts so bold that they are almost without parallel in recently reported cases, continuing acts committed to destroy a labor union and damage the careers of senior deputies.” (Read the full Employee Relations Commission’s Hearing Officer’s order here)
  3. A full Employee Relations Commission Board did a third review of the evidence and found Steve Cooley’s anti-unionanimus to be “outrageous”.

Jones Day is being paid millions of dollars by the tax payers to defend Trujillo’s, Cooley’s and Lacey’s anti-union behavior that has stretched out for over two years.  The three times reviewed evidence has been repeatedly condemned and the Jones Day lawyer stated, “If you really delve into it at all, it’s clear that the transfers had nothing to do with the union or union activities,” says Brian Hershman, a partner at Jones Day hired by Cooley to defend him.

We will hear testimony in September.


Illegal Union Busting in the Los Angeles District Attorneys Office. Are Steve Cooley, Jackie Lacey and Mario Trujillo Union Busters?

April 2, 2011

We are here to get the word out to all union members and their leaders that Steve Cooley, and two candidates for the 2012 elected District Attorney election, Jackie Lacey and Mario Trujillo, are being sued in federal court for Union Busting.  Cooley, Lacey and Trujillo are in the spotlight. 

Mario Trujillo, Steve Cooley, Jackie Lacey are being sued in federal court for UNION BUSTING
Mario Trujillo, Steve Cooley, Jackie Lacey are being sued in federal court for UNION BUSTING

Just out yesterday May 23, 2011. In a Letter from Maria Elena Durzo stating that the AFL-CIO is NOT backing Jackey Lacey, the Executive Secretary-Treasurer and well respected Maria Elena Durazo writes to dispel the claims that Jackie Lacey is backed by any union and especially not the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO.  This claim was falsely reported by Rick Orlov of the Daily News.  It appears that Rick Orlov is using his blogger connetions to report false information that could help Jackey Lacey in the media and just in time for her announced fundraiser this Saturday.  Orlov printed no retraction to his article, but merely changed a few words in the false statement.

Letter from Maria Elena Durazo dispeling claims that AFL-CIO would endores Jackie Lacey who is involved in a federal lawsuit.

Letter from Maria Elena Durazo dispeling claims that AFL-CIO would endores Jackie Lacey who is involved in a federal lawsuit.

The letter written by Maria Elana Durazo was a quick response displaying the serious nature of false information provided by the Daily News.

Of the many candidates in the 2012 race for Los Angeles District Attorney, there are two candidates along with Steve Cooley, who have been ordered by federal judge Otis D. Wright, in an unprecedented federal injunction on March 2, 2010, to stop anti-union behavior.  They are being sued in federal court. 

Mario Trujillo is a candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney 2012 and part of the federal law suit.  He obtained the “union list” that finally reached management.  He has also stated that if his boss Steve Cooley enters the race he will back out.

Steve Cooley is the elected District Attorney of Los Angeles County and has admitted to anti-union behavior on the witness stand.

Jackie Lacey was recently promoted to #2 in the LA DAs office  by Steve Cooley.  She is endorsed by Cooley for the 2012 election.  She has also stated she will back out of the race if Steve Cooley decides last minute he will run again.  Lacey is now the second highest ranking management officer in the Los Angeles DAs office.  She is running to become your next Los Angeles District Attorney 2012. 

The three district attorney’s have allegedly deliberately tried to destroy the careers of accomplished and well respected deputy district attorneys. (read federal lawsuit here)

This website is to expose the outrageous union busting going on in the city of Los Angeles. A federal judge, an employee relations commission hearing officer and the full Employee Relations Board have found Cooley’s anti-union actions illegal, violating the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

1.  Federal Judge Otis D. Wright imposed an unprecedented federal injunction to stop Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley for union busting activities that he called “striking and rampant”.  Judge Wright stated, “Plaintiffs have established a high likelihood of irreparable harm. Defendants’ far-reaching actions have pushed the union to the brink and, as Plaintiffs point out, “ADDA’s ability to recruit new members, and retain current ones, has been severely strained by the pressures from Defendants’ harassment and intimidation.” (Mot. at 21.) Indeed, given the fear instilled by Defendants, and the union hesitancy and defections resulting therefrom, it is very likely that ADDA will not even exist by the time this action concludes.” He then goes on to say “IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendens, their officers, agents, servants, employees or persons in active concert with any of them, are restrained and enjoined from discriminating or retaliating against members of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys on the basis of their membership in ADDA. This Order includes, but is not limited to, a prohibition of punitive transfers, demotions, discriminatory distribution of benefits and discipline on the basis of membership in the ADDA. Defendants are also enjoined and restrained from utilizing rates for medical or health benefit plans that are based upon a deputy district attorney’s representation by ADDA.” (Read full order here)

2.  Employee relations officer Thomas Kerrigan heard three months of testimony and stated “This case is almost anachronistic in its nature with undisguised acts so bold that they are almost without parallel in recently reported cases, continuing acts committed to destroy a labor union and damage the careers of senior deputies.” (Read the full Employee Relations Commission’s Hearing Officer’s order here)

 3.  The full Employee Relations Commission Board did a third review of the evidence and found Steve Cooley’s anti-unionanimus to be “outrageous”.

The powerful condemnation of federal court Judge Otis D. Wright and the harsh words of the Employee Relations Commission  board and hearing officer are not a surprise when we review the testimony and evidence.

Defending Steve Cooley are the Jones Day attorneys in upwards  of millions of dollars at the taxpayers expense.  Several news papers including the LA Times, Californiawatch, The Daily News and the Metnews have covered the story.  Former Deputy District Attorney Matthew Monforton filed the whistle blower law suit in federal court on behalf of the prosecutors union.

Here we will tell the story from the beginning, so unions of LA county, the state of California and nation wide will see to what lengths an elected official like Steve Cooley will go to in order to prevent and erode a union that threatens his office.  The local and state unions have given Cooley money for his campaigns in the past and we are here to get the word out and prevent the union endorsements of LA’s largest union buster.