Official Filing of Appeal

The following document was filed today with 1199NW:  Document which resulted in appeal filing.


Pursuant to Article VII Section (k)  Willie Saw and Paul Vilja file an appeal pertaining to the decision of the election board provided on the date of 10/8/14 (attached) and petition that an appeal be heard before a legitimate Hearing and Appeals Board before SEIU International, or a legitimate District Hearing & Appeals Board under Article VIII which has been elected to a two year term by a District Delegate Assembly.  The Executive Board has no authority under 1199NW Bylaws to supplant the powers of the District Delegate Assembly in order to “appoint" an Election Board or appoint a two year term District Hearing & Appeals Board or temporary District Hearing & Appeals Board.  What is at stake is a union president dictatorship versus a member centered democratic union as is required by 1199NW Bylaws.  The basis for our appeal is the following:

  1. 1199NW has never elected an Election Board pursuant to Bylaw Article VII Section 1 (a), the current Chair of the Election Board as an Organizer is NOT a member in good standing, he is an employee of 1199NW and must do the bidding of the President of 1199NW or he will be fired.  For the current Chair of the Election Board to be a member in good standing he would have to meet Article IV Section 3.  We contend he is not.
  2. 1199NW has ever elected a District Hearing & Appeals Board pursuant to Bylaw Article VIII Section 2 which rendered the decision which resulted in an invalid decision to invalidate the original election and is a biased body which does not conform to Article VIII, requiring a two year term of office for such a Board… Rather a Board was created for a biased and specific task.  Diane Sosne addressed the “appointed” members at the last Executive Board meeting biasing those appointed to the Board against Paul Vilja and Willie Saw.  Such a body could not be unbiased. 
  3. 1199NW may not supplant Article V Section 3 by use of the Executive Board to invalidate the requirement for a two year term of a valid District Hearing & Appeals Board to prevent bias.
  4. All statements regarding invalidation by timeframes are inappropriate and invalid in the Election Board decision, all appeals were filed within required timeframes. 
  5. 1199NW imposed upon Western State Hospital a structure that exists in no other Chapter in its “reelection” requirement and went against the Chapter decisions for structure.  Structure must meet Bylaw standards, there are no Bylaw standards for Chair, Vice-Chair, and Corresponding Secretary. 
  6. The Chief Counsel made the decision to prevent the illegitimate District Hearing & Appeals Board from hearing a petition to pend a reelection until a District Hearing & Appeals Board decision was made in order to allow the original candidates to participate in a reelection.  In fact the exclusion of the original candidates was the goal of 1199NW in the timing of an illeigitimate “reelection."
  7. 1199NW has attempted to supplant Article V Section 3 with Article VI.  The Executive Board authority does not supplant the authority of the District Delegate Assembly.  The Executive Board may NOT order the creation of a temporary District Hearing & Appeals Board as exclusion of the two year term creates a bias. We contend that such a decision was never made by an Executive Board vote.


We file District Officer misconduct charges against Diane Sosne, President of 1199NW for the following:


  1. Violation of Article V Section 3 and Article VIII Section 2.  Diane Sosne has never allowed a District Hearing & Appeals Board from being elected at a District Delegate Assembly for a two year term in order to create a democratic union.  1199NW has operated for over a decade without a valid District Hearing & Appeals Board oversight which would have created checks and balances to create a democratic union. 
  2. Violation of Article VIII Section 2 by holding a District Hearing & Appeals Board that was allegedly appointed by the Executive Board in violation of Article VIII Section 2 and Article V Section 3.  The Executive Board cannot supplant the District Delegate Assembly to prevent the election of a legitimate District Hearing & Appeals Board for a two year term.  Paul Vilja was and is a member of the Executive Board, and was not part of such a decision.  The Executive Board was not consulted in such a decision nor could it be under the Bylaws.
  3. Violation of Article Article VII Section 1 (a), having never elected a valid Election Board at the District Delegate Assembly which designates two of its members as a chairperson and secretary.  Diane Sosne controlled the Election Board as the employer of the Chair who was a hired organizer. 
  4. Violation Article VI Section 1 (e)  DSHS had been underrepresented for two years in the Executive Board, which was pointed out by Paul Vilja repeatedly.  Paul Vilja requested one additional E-Board member be elected by Western State Hospital to represent DSHS to fill this role.
  5. Violation of Article VII Section 4.  Preventing Paul Vilja from assuming E-Board duties after his confirmed election by the Election Board, predating the subsequent illegal Election Board decision.
  6. Violation of Article VII Section 3 (f).  Paul Vilja was elected to the Executive Board and confirmed by the Election Board but not allowed to take his vows.
  7. An Organizer Ryan Weber created a petition for a member which protested an uncontested election at WSH and organized the circulation of the petition utilizing union dues which the Organizer chaired Election Board “interpreted” to be an election appeal.  The document was NOT an election appeal.  In fact, the District Officers also ran unopposed. 
  8. Article VIII, we contend that Diane Sosne was involved in corrupt or unethical practices.
  9. Article VIII, we contend that Diane Sosne was involved in violation of District Bylaws.
  10. Article VIII, we contend that Diane Sosne was involved in violation of the International Union Constitution. 
  11. Article VIII, we contend that Diane Sosne, by not addressing the election of a District Hearing & Appeals Board at a District Delegate Assembly for two year terms for over a decade has been an incompetent officer.
  12. Article VI Section 1 (m) The President shall be responsible for the proper performance of duties to the Executive Board, Delegate Assemblies, and the membership.  Diane Sosne has failed in conducting in these duties.


We believe that the assertions that are made are valid and accurate.  We demand that a legitimate adjudication body hear our appeal and filing of charges against a District Officer.


Paul Vilja

Willie Saw

DSHS 

© Paul Vilja 2017