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.
August 18, 2011
After a 10 year battle, Steve Ipsen and the ADDA can finally celebrate in their hard earned victory. First certification, then affiliation with AFSCME and now passing Agency Shop.
Winning a 5:1 vote – the Association of Deputy District Attorney’s affiliated with AFSCME. Now in a vote of 3:2 by all Deputy District Attorneys, union and non-union members, Agency Shop Passes. All deputy district attorneys will pay their fair share and have representation and a voice in their future.
Just announced on his campaign Facebook page Steve Ipsen says, “I am pleased to announce that the Association of Deputy District Attorneys has won our Agency Shop election with a resounding 60% in favor: 302 to 204. As my friends and supporters know, for nearly a decade I have dedicated my efforts towards building the ADDA into a powerful organization looking out for prosecutors in the LA DA’s office, so that we can focus on prosecuting crime and protecting public safety. As the founder of the union, and 8 term president, I was proud when we became a union in 2008, joined in solidarity with AFSCME, the nations largest public employees union, in 2009, and affiliated with AFSCME AFL/CIO in 2010. Now with the agency shop election victory, we have achieved the final victory in becoming the organization prosecutors in Los Angeles deserve.”
Steve Ipsen founded the Association of Deputy District Attorney’s Union and was President of the ADDA for nearly a decade. Succeeded by President Hyatt Seligman, the ADDA continues to win their battles against overwhelming forces by the County.