We have uncovered a story that essentially, in my opinion, describes the moral character of our Executive Board. Turns out our Leaders have become so complacent about their positions, that they feel that they can get away with anything without suffering any consequences. It has finally caught up with them and it doesn't cost them a dime of their money! Case in point. A movie (Dear John) was being shot in South Carolina. Local 509 has a list of available union members who can work. Local 509 President * removed some of the workers names because they had not paid union dues. That was not the right thing to do. These people filed discrimination charges with the NLRB against President *. After an investigation the Local was forced to pay a $5,000 settlement. Now, everybody knows * has participated in movie contract negotiations that take place in the US because of his vast experience and knowledge. According to *, he has helped sculpt contracts that contain universal language, the very thing that could have prevented this major screw up. Was it oversight on his behalf or just plain arrogance? Leadership like this can not be accepted. It may be time to put him out to pasture, before the members loose a whole lot more! This will end up costing the Local thousands of dollars, (OUR DUES) to settle this. The other individuals did not settle and it is rumored that they have opted to seek council. Yep, Lawyers are not cheap! There is no telling how long this will drag out. I'm sure the longer this goes on the more it is going to cost US! To complicate things more our Board has deceived us about this matter. They don't mind announcing NLRB charges against them that have been dropped or beaten, but it is now obvious, that when they lose to the NLRB, they become quiet. There has been no mention of this case to the members nor the settlement they were ordered to pay. The only hint that someone could remember was in a financial report stating "an extra $5000 was paid out due to legal fees." Did they forget about this little matter? I doubt it! They need to man up and face the members with their incompetence, instead of trying to hide it. Just like a little kid who breaks his mothers vase. Then sweeps it up and hopes it doesn't get missed! They wish to present themselves as, in my opinion as " the best thing since sliced bread!", when in fact they are nothing more than a bunch of frauds living the high life with our dues! As we dig up more info we will certainly pass it along. My question is, "how many other things has this board hidden from the members?"