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Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Free For All

IPSEN'S AGENCY SHOP PASSES
NO LANDSLIDE, BUT ENOUGH TO PASS


 It's hard to argue that a vote of 302 for, and 204 against, the Agency Shop is anything but a victory for Steve Ipsen and the ADDA Board Majority. It is equally hard to understand why 300 DDAs did not vote at all.

But rather than speculate on those reasons, rather than criticize the wisdom of those who expressed their will, the important thing is to come to terms with the reality of the situation.

The reality is that 500 or so DDAs are now forced to pay substantial dues and be represented by an organization that they did not vote for. An organization that became affiliated with AFSCME, one of the largest unions in the state, by the vote of 118 DDAs. An organization that has historically had a less than harmonious relationship with the administration; a theme that Hyatt Seligman chose to perpetuate in the rhetoric of his victory statement.

The reality is that as all DDAs will now notice monthly dues being taken from their paychecks. The reality is that they might cringe at the statements that will continue to be made in their name. Who knows, they might even decide that it is time to get involved and demand leadership that represents them.

Your thoughts?

&tc.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

When Nuch becomes DA, you are on your own Mr Dragnet. The union won't lift a finger. You better trade in your Bentley for a Prius and get a GPS - you've got some freeway therapy coming up.

Anonymous said...

The vote was a denouncement of Steve Cooley, and his heretofore treatment of his deputies.

Anonymous said...

You are such a hypocritical a'hole Berger. You criticize Seligman for his rhetoric, but what about the filthy remarks you made at the Met News?

Anonymous said...

9:32am (though inarticulate) has a point. No one trusts the ADDA and the legal community knows that it has been prostituted out to Ipsen-4-DA. It's just that Cooley's use of enforcers has about a third of the deputies voting out of fear. And when people act based on fear. . . .

Anonymous said...

Berger (if this is you) great comment in the metnews. 300 is not a majority. The rest of us need a voice. Keep the site up! It's the only thing that assures any accountability.

Anonymous said...

You were right to call it Ipsen's Agency Shop - he's already claiming credit for it on his website:

http://launionbuster.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

WOW! I just read the article Steve Ipsen wrote and posted about himself on his own website (unionbusters). So now he's taking credit for "founding" the ADDA. That must be some news to the few dozen individuals who were ADDA president during it's 35 year history.

Anonymous said...

Classic Cooley quote on the Agency Shop result:“It was hugely disappointing that the vote was so small, and I really have to wonder what people were thinking,” he said, adding:
“I thought that DA’s had more sense.”

Kinda reminds you of what he said after the verdict in the Robert Blake case when he called the jury "incredibly stupid. Only this time it was not Cooley who insulted the intelligence of DDAs, it was Berger in the Met News - probably just parroting what Cooley told him to say.

Anonymous said...

Cooley and Berger are pathetic.
They think they're far superior to
anyone who disagrees with them.

Their arrogance keeps biting them on their back side.

They seem to be losing everything they touch. The AG's race, this vote. Their endorsements of Kevin James and Jackie Lacey have repelled people from both campaigns.

Anonymous said...

In the light of Berger's Cooleyesque comment, I think it is likely that Berger is going to become the 4th Cooley clone to run for DA. And just like his 2009 City Attorney campaign where he only ran to use his candidacy as a platform to attack Jack Weiss, Berger will likely use use his campaign to attack Trutanich. Now that would make things more interesting.

Anonymous said...

Berger must enjoy losing all the time. It's in his DNA.

Anonymous said...

Dragnet, as Ipsen gets more blatant about using the ADDA to support his faltering campaign, it would be helpful if you kept published, on a separate page on the site the procedure that ADDA members must follow to remove an ADDA officer or director. Also, it may be wise to post the ERCOM rules on decertifying a union. The ADDA board hasn't done the math (not surprising for a bunch of guys who ran up a 160k legal bill) but their hold is very tenuous (200 voting no, 300 who didn't feel motivated to support the ADDA = 500 unhappy campers when these guys start to misbehave).