Hooker To Testify October 30 2016

No offense to management.

Or, as I prefer to call it, “Speak truth to power.” During the last two days of testimony by Local 4034 president (and union brother) Ryan Letts, it became apparent that a three-day trial was not going to be an option. After Ryan was crossed and re-crossed by counsel for several exhausting hours, it was decided that the hearing would be adjourned until Monday, October 30, 2017. My testimony is expected to take two full days that week, with other witnesses to my unlawful discrimination for union status on the third day. Then, the Company will put its case on for a couple days. However, because everybody is so wordy the judge has secured commitments from all parties to extend into a second full week of testimony, if necessary. I hope that will not be case, but that is up to the Company. As I have frequently told management in grievance meetings: It can always be a fifteen-minute meeting; just say ‘Yes’ to the Union’s reasonable demands. In this case, by bringing me back and making me whole.

I also wanted to thank those who drove in to Grand Rapids to support us, in many cases from very far away. When I last testified against the Company at an NLRB hearing in October 2015, I learned how much it helps to have a friendly face in the gallery when the Company attorney is sneering at you on cross-examination. Every day this week, members from several CWA locals showed up to support Ryan while he spoke truth to power. Thanks, Union, we are stronger together.

About BA Hooker

Approaching middle age. Husband to beloved Wifey; father and grandfather to several Favorites and GrandFavorites. Convicted unionist, and fired for it. Unable to abide a bully for long. Overall imperfect, yet still talking. I'm likely to slip in some non-union posts in here occasionally, probably about sailing or something slightly anarchist. While I wait for a resolution to my attempts to regain my employment, its my duty to diligently attempt to replace my lost wages. Part of the way I do that is by ad placement on this blog; ; and part of it is some Amazon affiliate links that are mostly books I consider required reading for union activists and plain old troublemakers. If you want to help support my efforts, I teach union activism. Reach out. Similarly, I built this website and a few others like it for small businesses and local unions. If you like it, reach out.
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