HAS UTLA RANK-AND-FILE BEEN TOLD THAT I'M SUING UTLA? WHY NOT?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) 

As the pro forma United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) elections move into their final round of insider trading, why is it that the teachers these jokers have already failed to represent for the last 3 years aren't demanding their heads...or at the very least, some answers? With a voter turnout of less that 25% of those eligible to vote, the answer is simple: LAUSD teachers are so demoralized from past tolerated abuse by LAUSD and UTLA that they don't think anything else is possible and don't believe that the corruption in UTLA can ever be turned around. Hopefully what I have to say might change their minds and get them behind the legal action necessary to finally compel their union to act on their behalf. Clearly, this is a sine qua non to being an effective teacher at LAUSD- knowing your union's got your back.

Over 2 years ago I brought a lawsuit against UTLA and their law firm Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad for a 40 year-old incestuous relationship they have had without even the benefit of a written agreement- where the interest of the union leadership and staff has clearly been put above the legal duty owed to teacher members of the union. As a non-profit corporation that is supposed to advocate on behalf of their rank-and-file, has UTLA leadership or regular staff ever made the teachers they are supposed to represent aware of the law suit I have brought, even though as a non-profit they have an absolute fiduciary duty to disclose all material facts effecting the operation and potential viability of this UTLA non-profit corporation?

Given officers, staff, and entrenched insiders that are only looking after their own  interests to the clear detriment of teachers- President Warren Fletcher was compensated $100,751.00 in salary and added to his salary in 2012 was other compensations of: $22,582 They did not have this for 2011. This gave Fletcher a compensation package of $123,333.00 and one cannot be sure that that's all, since there has been no independent audit of UTLA's books. And as if this wasn't enough, UTLA employee Carl Joseph, who was disbarred in 1989, made approximately $148,335.00 and $73,000 in perks for a total of $221,335.00- that's close to twice what Fletcher made. And one must wonder what other compensation and severance packages these folks have?

So let's talk about some ways these morally challenged people can be held legally responsible:

1. Errors & Omissions insurance is for the officers. In order for errors and omissions and malpractice insurance to be valid, there must have been at least some good faith attempt by UTLA officers to keeps rank-and-file informed about things like my lawsuit or other basic obligations that go with being a UTLA officer-fiduciary. How much avoidable and normally insurable liability is being incurred by UTLA officers for utter nonfeasance on their part?

What are the requirements for a member to access the legal defense fund, that UTLA leadership talks a great deal about, but which we have been totally unable to get any response about during our deposition of UTLA Treasurer Arlene Inouye, who was supposedly the "most knowledgeable" person as request by our deposition. She knew nothing. Requests to President Fletcher and others at UTLA have been systematically ignored. Does this negate their malpractice insurance?

2. The UTLA Legal Service Committee is supposed to go over individual teacher claims for assistance, when requested for help by the teacher. Who is on this committee? What are the rules/standard by which claims are judged? How is a teacher supposed to file a claim? None of these issues are presented either to a targeted individual teacher or to rank-and-file in general. Is this a level of gross negligence that goes beyond what a malpractice-errors and omissions insurance policy might cover?

3. Given this alleged malfeasance by UTLA officers, staff, and some entrenched committee members, who does the law firm of Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad represent? Is it the union, the officers, the employees or teachers. Given the potential for conflict of interest between the duties owed to UTLA as their client of record, what has this law firm done to address this conflict of interest? Have they advised teachers to seek other independent counsel in the likelihood that the interests of their primary client UTLA might be adverse to those of officers, staff, or teachers? This becomes rather difficult when one realized that Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad have "represented" UTLA for 40 years without any signed agreement. They also make it a matter of standard operating procedure to first tell teachers who come to them for help that "UTLA is our client and your not- we are just walking you through the dismissal procedure." But UTLA refuses to give these targeted teachers any money for legal representation by any lawyers others than Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad. Even the agreement that Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad have prospective teacher clients sign waives confidentiality when it comes to divulging the teacher's information to UTLA- an entity that clearly has a potential adversarial interest with the teacher they have failed to protect. On its face, this appears to be a clear conflict of interest and potential malpractice.

4. Complaints, an audit, and complaints to appropriate state and federal regulatory agencies appear necessary to reconstitute the union on a more member friendly basis, free of the endemic self-dealing that has permeated UTLA for so long and made possible LAUSD's witch hunt against teacher that UTLA continues to fail to defend. If Warren Fletcher and Alex Caputo-Pearl are now talking about no longer standing for the incarceration of teachers without due process of law, isn't it fair to ask why they did nothing over the previous 3 years, when asked by clearly innocent and dues paying members for the help they so justly deserved? Why would the next 3 years be any different?

All legal actions to stop these and other outrageous behavior by UTLA and LAUSD have one thing in common: A complete and utter lack of due process of law that has up until now allowed teachers to be deprived of "liberty and property" - and in some cases "life" without any formal adjudication of guilt in a neutral legal forum, that presumes they are innocent until being proven guilty by a preponderance of the evidence, and with those charging the teacher having the burden of so proving.

If you have finally realized that this nightmare is not going to come to an end until those perpetrating this on teacher, students, and parents are stopped by a court with the jurisdiction to do so, is now the time to finally take legal action. Continuing to rant about injustice to people who are increasingly empowered by a UTLA and teacher rank-and-file's inaction is a formula for disaster. My home is always available for a legal fundraisers, since confronting UTLA and LAUSD will cost. If you have been targeted for dismissal you can reach my attorney Ron Lapekas at: rcl-law@lapekas.net or check his web site at TeacherLaw-LA.com. Or maybe, get your own litigator and have them contact Mr. Lapekas for a refresher course in employment law in the public sector.


 If you or someone you know has been targeted and are in the process of being dismissed and need legal defense, get in touch: 

Lenny@perdaily.com

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A medida que la pro forma los profesores del Reino de Los Ángeles ( UTLA elecciones ) se mueven en su última ronda de abuso de información privilegiada , ¿por qué es que los profesores de estos bromistas ya han dejado de representar a los últimos 3 años no están exigiendo la cabeza ... o al Por lo menos, algunas respuestas ? Con una participación del menor que el 25% de las personas elegibles para votar, la respuesta es simple: los maestros del LAUSD están tan desmoralizados del abuso tolerado pasado por el LAUSD y UTLA que no creo que nada más es posible y no creen que el corrupción en UTLA nunca puede dar la vuelta . Esperemos que lo que tengo que decir que podría cambiar de opinión y conseguir que detrás de las acciones legales necesarias para finalmente obligar a su unión para actuar en su nombre. Claramente , esta es una condición sine qua non para ser un maestro eficaz en LAUSD - sabiendo que su sindicato tiene la espalda.

Hace más de 2 años me llevé una demanda contra UTLA y su bufete de abogados Trygstad , Schwab & Trygstad una relación incestuosa de 40 años que han tenido incluso sin el beneficio de un acuerdo por escrito en que el interés de la dirección del sindicato y el personal tiene claramente ha puesto encima de la obligación legal contraída con maestros miembros del sindicato. Como corporación sin fines de lucro que se supone para abogar en nombre de su - rasos , ha UTLA liderazgo o personal estatutario jamás se ha hecho a los maestros que se supone que representan al tanto de la demanda judicial que he traído , a pesar de que como no ánimo de lucro que tienen un deber fiduciario absoluta de revelar todos los hechos materiales que afectan el funcionamiento y la viabilidad potencial de este UTLA corporación sin fines de lucro?

Oficiales dadas, el personal y los insiders arraigadas que sólo buscan sus propios intereses en claro detrimento de los profesores - presidente Warren Fletcher fue compensada $ 100,751.00 en salarios y añaden a su sueldo en 2012 fue otras compensaciones de : $ 22.582 que no tenían esto para 2011 . Esto dio Fletcher un paquete de compensación de $ 123,333.00 y uno no puede estar seguro de que eso es todo , ya que no ha habido ninguna auditoría independiente de los libros de UTLA . Y como si esto no fuera suficiente , empleado UTLA Carl Joseph , quien fue inhabilitado en 1989, hizo aproximadamente $ 148,335.00 y $ 73.000 en beneficios por un total de $ 221,335.00 - que es cerca de dos veces lo que Fletcher hizo . Y hay que preguntarse qué otros paquetes de compensación e indemnización a estas personas tienen ?

Así que vamos a hablar de algunas maneras en que estas personas moralmente impugnada puede ser considerada legalmente responsable:

1 . Errores y Omisiones de seguro es para los oficiales. Para que los errores y omisiones y seguro de mala praxis para ser válido, debe haber habido por lo menos un buen intento de fe por los oficiales de UTLA mantiene rango y archivo informados acerca de cosas como mi demanda u otras obligaciones básicas que van con ser un oficial de UTLA - fiduciaria.

¿Cuáles son los requisitos para que un miembro para tener acceso al fondo de defensa legal , que el liderazgo UTLA habla mucho acerca de , sino que hemos sido totalmente incapaz de obtener respuesta sobre durante nuestra deposición de UTLA Tesorero Arlene Inouye , quien supuestamente era el "más persona con conocimientos ", como petición de nuestro depósito . Ella no sabía nada . Las peticiones al Presidente Fletcher y otros en UTLA han sido sistemáticamente ignorados . ¿Esto invalida el seguro de mala praxis ?

2 . El Comité de Servicio Legal UTLA se supone que debe ir sobre los reclamos de los maestros individuales de asistencia , cuando se solicite ayuda por parte del profesor . ¿Quién está en este comité ? ¿Cuáles son las normas / norma por la cual las reclamaciones son juzgados ? ¿Cómo se supone que un profesor para presentar un reclamo ? Ninguno de estos problemas se presentan ya sea a un maestro individual dirigida o archivo comunes y corrientes en general. ¿Es este un nivel de negligencia grave que va más allá de lo que una política de negligencia - errores y omisiones de seguros puede cubrir ?

3 . Ante esta supuesta malversación por oficiales de UTLA , el personal y algunos miembros del comité arraigadas , que no representan a la firma de abogados de Trygstad , Schwab & Trygstad ? ¿Es el sindicato, los directivos, los empleados o los profesores . Dado el potencial de conflicto de intereses entre las obligaciones contraídas con UTLA como su cliente de registro , lo que ha hecho esta firma de abogados para hacer frente a este conflicto de intereses ? ¿Han advertido los maestros a buscar otro asesor independiente en la probabilidad de que los intereses de su cliente principal UTLA pueden resultar contrapuestos a los de los funcionarios , el personal o los maestros ? Esto se vuelve más difícil cuando uno se dio cuenta de que Trygstad , Schwab & Trygstad han " representado " UTLA durante 40 años sin ningún tipo de acuerdo firmado. También hacen que sea una cuestión de procedimiento operativo estándar para contar primero los profesores que acuden a ellos en busca de ayuda que " UTLA es nuestro cliente y su no - estamos a dos pasos a través del procedimiento de despido. " Pero UTLA se niega a dar estos docentes dirigidos ningún dinero por la representación legal de las personas distintas de los abogados Trygstad , Schwab & Trygstad . Incluso el acuerdo que Trygstad , Schwab & Trygstad tienen clientes potenciales maestros firman renuncia a la confidencialidad a la hora de divulgar la información del maestro de UTLA - una entidad que tiene claramente un potencial interés contradictorio con el maestro que no han protegido . A primera vista, esto parece ser un claro conflicto de intereses y el potencial de mala praxis.

4 . Quejas, una auditoría y quejas a las agencias reguladoras federales y estatales correspondientes parecen necesarias para reconstituir la unión sobre una base amistosa miembro más , libre de la auto-negociación endémica que ha permeado UTLA durante tanto tiempo y ha hecho posible la caza de brujas del LAUSD contra el maestro que UTLA sigue sin defenderse . Si Warren Fletcher y Alex Caputo -Pearl hablan ahora ya no de pie para el encarcelamiento de los docentes sin el debido proceso de la ley , ¿no es así justo preguntar por qué no hicieron nada durante los 3 años anteriores, cuando se le preguntó por claramente inocente y cuotas miembros de pago por la ayuda que tan justamente merecía ? ¿Por qué los próximos 3 años de ser diferente?

Todas las acciones legales para poner fin a estos y otros comportamientos escandalosos por UTLA y LAUSD tienen una cosa en común: la falta total y absoluta del debido proceso legal que tiene hasta maestros , ahora permitidos para ser privados de " la libertad y la propiedad" - y en algunas casos "vida" sin ningún tipo de adjudicación formal de culpabilidad en un foro jurídico neutral, que presume que son inocentes hasta que se pruebe su culpabilidad por una preponderancia de la evidencia, y con los que carga el maestro que tiene la carga de probar de manera .

Si finalmente han dado cuenta de que esta pesadilla no va a llegar a su fin hasta que los que cometen este de maestro, los estudiantes , y los padres son detenidos por un tribunal con jurisdicción para hacerlo, ahora es el momento para finalmente emprender acciones legales. Continuando a despotricar sobre las injusticias a las personas que tienen el poder cada vez más por un UTLA y la inacción maestro de rango y archivo es una fórmula para el desastre. Mi casa está siempre disponible para una recaudación de fondos legales , ya confrontar UTLA y LAUSD va a costar. Si usted ha estado dirigida por despido se puede llegar a mi abogado Ron Lapekas en: rcl-law@lapekas.net o revise su sitio web en TeacherLaw - LA.com . O tal vez , conseguir su propio abogado litigante y hacer que se comunicó con el señor Lapekas para un curso de actualización en derecho laboral en el sector público .


Si usted o alguien que usted conoce ha sido dirigida y están en proceso de ser despedidos y la necesidad de defensa legal , póngase en contacto :

Lenny@perdaily.com

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03 2014

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oops. meant to add this

The address for the NAPTA site is www.endteacherabuse.org

go there.

I would add the NAPTA site to this list. It has the heart-rending stories of the disappeared teachers, who lost their careers and their life's work to the corruption of due process that you describe on Perdaily.

Karen Horwitz, who runs the site, also wrote"White Chalk Crime," which describes the top-down takeover that displaced teachers by using criminal methods to slander and harass thousands of teachers... as the unions looked the other way... ending due process for Americans who just happened to be teachers. Criminal, as you describe here,Lenny.

My story is there, and so is that of Francesco Portelos, and that of Lorna Stremcha -- whose full story will soon be published in her book "Sins of the Schools: After The Bell Rings." Now this, is a MUST read!

I would add the NAPTA site to this list. It has the heart-rending stories of the disappeared teachers, who lost their careers and their life's work to the corruption of due process that you describe on Perdaily.

Karen Horwitz, who runs the site, also wrote"White Chalk Crime," which describes the top-down takeover that displaced teachers by using criminal methods to slander and harass thousands of teachers... as the unions looked the other way... ending due process for Americans who just happened to be teachers. Criminal, as you describe here,Lenny.

My story is there, and so is that of Francesco Portelos, and that of Lorna Stremcha -- whose full story will soon be published in her book "Sins of the Schools: After The Bell Rings." Now this, is a MUST read!

These damned iPads do need keyboards . The word human should be union Freudian? I thnk ya all can figure out the rest.

What wears confronting is a profoundly lawless movement of corporate a and careerists driven by an addiction called greed. There is no stopping them by the lawful and ordered methods we used to vaguely rely on for some modicum of justice. Their corruptionis a corrosive growth. Good people will wallow in the filth with the administrative evil and CEO personality disorders and while they are in the schools you can certainly anticipate that students will learn more from this nightmare than anything g wer allowed to reache them thanks to these pirates of plutocracy and their bagmen. The union is merely a thuggery , and it's banned your ass from its HQ . I am impressed . They do their best to ignore is. I dunno what they thought was going to happen when there were so many of us fired we figured out that our power is not human power and we Ain't LAUSD. We are teachers and they will rue the day they fucked with us.

All we have to do is tell the people . It is harder tha it sounds . I am no Mosche the Beadle , but I do not truck with these devils
Enough of us file lawsuits , the courts will have to do a lot more than ignore us . did you see Josh P issued a speech about the billionaires? How long we're they going to wait!? When Randi Weingarten is ordering teachers to snitch on each other in Huff Post. The jig is up. Maybe unions have to go but so does the administrative evil and the undue influence of billionaires . We don't need those test so we don't need the god damned money. Adios.
Give us back our schools !
We can sue Bill Gates . We can demand that they prosecute Broad. And by the time we are through, the Walmart demographic will be shopping at Kmart.

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