Two women have leveled a number of serious accusations against powerful local labor leader Mickey Kasparian.
Two separate lawsuits have been filed against Kasparian, each dealing with different issues.
One is a wrongful termination suit that also alleges gender discrimination. It was brought by Sandy Naranjo, a former organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Kasparian is president of that union, the largest in San Diego.
In addition to allegations about Kasparian’s treatment of Naranjo, the complaint reveals the depth and extent of the war going on between him and other local progressives.
The other lawsuit is far more troubling. It is brought by Isabel Vasquez, a former UFCW insurance clerk, who says Kasparian forced her into a years-long, sporadic sexual relationship that she relented to out of fear that she would lose her job.
Attorney Dan Gilleon filed the lawsuits last week, and NBC San Diego was the first to report on them.
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The Democratic Central Committee is up to its usual sleazy tactics. They endorsed Filner for mayor while being aware of his actions in Washington. It didn't matter to them, they saw a change to put a Democrat in the Mayor's office and didn't care that he was a slime ball. The same thing is happening here, Kasparian can deliver union votes for Democratic candidates, the DNC does not care that he runs his office as a fiefdom, demanding 'personal favors' from his staff and who knows what else from the company's he deals with.
BTW, when the National Union puts a local affiliate under conservatorship like has just happened here, it is an indication that they have lost all faith in the local leadership without actually saying so in public.
Once again, we see a narcissistic individual in power exposed; Kasparian should step down immediately but like Filner he will drag this on because he believes he is bigger and more important than the people and ideals he claims to represent. Shame on him.
In no manner do I condone forcing oneself on anyone but the $64,000 question is why did the woman submit and why did she not come forward at the light of day. Fear of reprisal seems odd as in both circumstances one could and should seek legal recourse that is if she was let go or even maintained her position. Something does not feel right here although I may be just giving the benefit of the doubt to clear justice.
Well this is making a lot more sense to me with my issues while campaigning for David Alvaraex. The teachers union was always popping up with teachers as landlords that became very abusive and Mr K is also very connected at SDPD or perhaps SDPD is calling the shots what a mess the inbreeding of San Diego has become
And to top it off my husband was IBEW and they refuse me his benefits (he died this year- right Ruby?)and told me inwriting Get something signed by a judge LOL Probabaly a better idea is to get the Plan documents and take a read..what a nasty little toen we have become!
Time for another international justice watch!
This is a VERY inclusive article. The biggest truth spoken here may be that many leaders dislike people they CAN'T CONTROL.
I have 3 bits I want to share here and the reader can read what they want into them.
1) I posed the question to Mr Kasparian, months ago, "that since most San Diego Grocery workers are now making less than they were making 30 years ago (including net benefits) and some need a state mandated minimum wage increase to get raises, what's the need of their union and usefulness of their fees?" and the reply was We are the second best paid region, behind the Bay Area.
2) As part of my fight against a San Diego Unified School District's (economically BAD) proposed lease in Scripps, I have often attacked Kasparian's BB, SDUSD Board member, Richard Barrera, and his business, ethics and fiduciary responsibilities. During that process I had to de-friend (to protect her) a political friend that felt threatened about her job at UFCW due to my attacking comments to Barrera on Facebook.
3) The best one. Kasparian is the head of the SDICLC under which umbrella is the Teacher Union led by Ms Burnigham who sits on the same Board. Barrera, besides now the President of the SDUSD Board is also an Executive assistant to Kasparian at the UFCW. Earlier this year, I approached the Burnigham lead Teachers union to support the Scripps Ranch Community's effort to stop the costly lease of a "live" school property in Scripps, with the most overcrowded schools already, and both times received NO response to our requests. Few months later the district and the union agreed on a 4% pay raise, and the union spend half a million to support the Barrera and SD and Imperial Counties Labor Council candidate, Sharon Whitehurst, against the Democratic Party endorsed (81%), and better suited candidate.
The common denominator on everything; Mickey Kasparian.
The law suits aside, Kasparian is a poster child for getting money out of politics. Union dollars and Kasparian's strong arm tactics make him the dictator of local Democrat politics. No Democrat can become Mayor (or even run for that office) or become City Council President without his blessing. Such power should not exist in one person.
I love "progressive" on "progressive" violence. Live by the PC sword, die by it. May the proceedings be long, lurid and enervating for all.
"She said Kasparian told staff he was supporting Cole for Council president because he knew he could control her."
Creepy stuff if true.
As City Council President Ms. Cole is more than likely going to have to respond
Seems the union workers may need to form some kind of union to protect them from bullying union bosses? Not to worry though, union legal problems don't seem to get much traction in California. Si, se, puede make rules / laws that will be selectively enforced.