Alan Jackson runs add about Jackie Lacey committing perjury to protect Steve Cooley and his union busting against ADDA

October 18, 2012

Alan Jackson runs add reporting Jackie Lacey’s perjury to protect her boss Steve Cooley

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)

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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.


Will the board of Supervisors ever pay up for Steve Cooley’s and Friends Union Busting?

January 26, 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.  

The Board of Supervisors is said to have approved payment to the ADDA and union member Marc Debbeaut for damages. But, no one is exactly sure what happened in this closed session (aka. secret) meeting.

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.


L.A. County settles part of suit alleging anti-union conduct

October 6, 2011
Steve Cooley’s Anti-Union Conduct
By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
October 5, 2011
 
Los Angeles County will pay $575,000 to settle part of a federal law suit claiming that Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley and his managers waged an anti-union campaign, according to a settlement agreement filed in court. The settlement, which must be approved by the Board of Supervisors, would pay $125,000 to the prosecutors’ union and $450,000 to Deputy Dist. Atty. Marc Debbaudt, who a county employment commission found was transferred in retaliation for his union activity. In addition, a preliminary federal injunction ordering Cooley and other county officials not to discipline or discriminate against prosecutors for belonging to the union would remain in effect for the rest of Cooley’s tenure as D.A. Cooley has announced he will retire next year at the end of his third term.Matthew Monforton, an attorney representing the Assn. of Deputy District Attorneys, hailed the settlement as a victory for the union and described Cooley’s conduct as “outrageous and illegal.”Earlier this year, the county’s Employee Relations Commission upheld the findings of a hearing officer who concluded that veteran prosecutors were transferred to less desirable assignments as a result of their union work. Debbaudt, who joined the office in 1986, was sent from handling adult felony cases in Pasadena to working on juvenile matters in Pomona and then Sylmar, assignments usually given to less experienced attorneys. The hearing officer found that Cooley gave explanations that “were false and clearly pretexts” for conducting a “deliberate and thinly disguised campaign” aimed at destroying the union.Debbaudt and Cooley declined to comment on the settlement.Attorney Brian Hershman, a partner at the law firm Jones Day who represents the county, disputed the commission’s findings and said no prosecutors were retaliated against.He said the county settled the case to end what had become a distraction to the mission of the district attorney’s office. “We wanted to put that dispute behind us,” he said.Claims by two other prosecutors who are part of the lawsuit are scheduled for trial next month, Hershman said.

jack.leonard@latimes.com


Betty Pleasant Updates on Union Busting – Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley

September 29, 2011
Betty Pleasant Updates Us on the LA Union Busting Crusade of Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley

Betty Pleasant Updates Us on the LA Union Busting Crusade of Jackie Lacey and Steve Cooley

THE SOULVINE: COST OF UNION BUSTING
By BETTY PLEASANT, Contributing Editor

Story Created: Sep 28, 2011 at 7:09 PM PDT

As anticipated, the lawsuit against District Attorney Steve Cooley and his joined-at-the-hip cohort, Jacquelyn Lacey, for their union busting campaign to thwart the organizing of their subordinate deputies in the District Attorney’s office, is costing us taxpayers a fortune.

 A portion of the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court on April 5, 2010 by four individual deputy D.A.s and the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, was settled last week. According to the “Memorandum of Understanding Re: Settlement” dated Sept. 19, the county will pay the ADDA $125,000 for Cooley’s and Lacey’s wrongdoings, and will pay Dep. D.A. Marc Debbaudt $440,000 for the pain and suffering Cooley/Lacey caused him. And that’s just one plaintiff; there are three more plaintiffs involved now in settlement negotiations over the unlawful actions of Cooley/Lacey.

Oh, and you know that face-slapping preliminary injunction Judge Otis Wright issued on March 2, 2010 against Cooley for his flagrant anti-union actions? Well, last week’s settlement stipulates that the injunction be declared permanent and in full effect for as long as Cooley is the D.A. — “including both his current term and any subsequent terms.”

But wait. That’s not all. We know that whenever private citizens sue a government entity, we, the taxpayers, have to pay the price. When this matter came up, I decried the fact that the tax-supported county counsel was defending Cooley/Lacey against this suit. I felt, and still feel, that the Cooley/Lacey crimes are outside the realm of prosecutorial immunity and that — like Rep. Laura Richardson and other alleged law-breaking federal officials — these two should pay for their own defense. The on-the-payroll county counsel started working on the Cooley/Lacey defense, but then passed it off to the big time downtown law firm of Jones Day, which is expected to earn big time fees for representing these two miscreants. So, at a time when government coffers are supposed to be at an all-time low, we taxpayers must pay for the settlements and/or awards to five plaintiffs, the salary of the county counsel and the fees for Jones Day — all because Cooley didn’t want his deputies to form a union.

You know what else Cooley did? He did what he always does: He manipulated the justice system to meet his own ends. He engineered a stipulation to dismiss Lacey from the lawsuit, leaving only himself to blame. Why did he do that? It’s obvious. He desperately wants Lacey to succeed him as D.A. and he wanted the taint of this suit removed from her while she’s running for his office. Ah-h-h, he’s so sweet. He’s so helpful to her. That’s why Lacey loves him so and why she says, “working for this man makes my heart glow.”

There is nothing Cooley won’t do to get Lacey elected, up to and including bad-mouthing his old friend and staunch supporter City Attorney Carmen Trutunich and calling in all of his Republican markers so Lacey can have plenty of money to run on. Well, it’s a long time until election day and this thing can get very ugly, particularly in the Black community where the effect of the current Cooley/Lacey regime in the D.A.’s office has been onerous.


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.


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.