With nearly three weeks until the LA County District Attorney election Alan Jackson releases a much over due advertisement about Jackie Lacey committing perjury under oath to protect her boss Steve Cooley. Anti-union animus runs rampant in the DAs office. Cooley and Lacey will face their foes in federal court in early December. The most recent anti-union animus occurred last week by Julie-Dixson Silva (county counsel to Steve Cooley) and Deputy DA Director Janet Moore who violated Judge Wright’s federal injunction ordering the elected DA Steve Cooley, his directors and manager to stop their anti-union behavior. If they aren’t in contempt of court with their egregious comments who is? An unfair labor complaint was filed by the ADDA’s AFSCME attorney Tris Carpenter. (read full complaint here)
Alan Jackson runs add about Jackie Lacey committing perjury to protect Steve Cooley and his union busting against ADDAOctober 18, 2012
Back in October Marc Debbaudt and the Association of Deputy District Attorneys were awarded $450,000 and $157,000 respectively in damages to pay for attorneys fees and compensation for harming the ADDA and Debbaudt’s career when Steve Cooley settled those two portions of the federal law suit for union busting. Cooley is represented by Jones Day and has racked up millions in dollars in attorneys fees at the expense of the tax payers. Cooley has refused to settle the portion of the law suit with regards to the former ADDA President Steve Ipsen and current ADDA President Hyatt Seligman. Clearly the cases brought about by Debbeaut and the ADDA were so egregious that even Jones Day couldn’t defend Cooley’s shenanigans.
Inside sources reveal that the Board of Supervisors approved payment for the damages, but the ADDA and Marc Debbaudt have yet to receive payment. The trial for Steve Ipsen and Hyatt Seligman was supposed to begin this month, but postponed until June. If the Board of Supervisors were planning on delaying payment to see if Ipsen and Seligman won their trials, they could refuse to pay in the event Ipsen and Seligman lost. That would send Debbaudt back to court. Will the Board of Supervisors delay payment to the ADDA and Marc Debbaudt for six more months? That has yet to be determined.
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
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
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
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)
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)
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.