by Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News
SAN FRANCISCO — Union members are calling out the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, for what they call the unjust firing of a Filipino-American union representative.
Daz Lamparas has been with SEIU for 29 years, and was recently terminated because he believes that the union was tired of the multiple charges of unfair labor practices he filed against it — including a claim that he was bypassed for a promotion.
“I was fired unjustly,” said Lamparas. “I filed unfair labor practice for this termination, and I also filed a union grievance… because we have a union called the Communication Workers of America, where I’m at former shop steward.”
According to Lampara, SEUI says that he was fired because of insubordination.
They say he “deviated” from established methods when training other union members.
Lamparas denies this.
Lamparas also believes that due to his complaints against the union, he was discriminated and retaliated against.
“After I filed the case at the EEOC, they harassed me,” he said. “They transferred me, arbitrarily, to Livermore which is 60 to 75 miles away from my residence here. I’ve been working here since 1995, here at my local [SEIU].”
Lamparas and his supporters within the union say this firing is another example of the hypocrisy of SEIU’s management.
“The real danger is when an organization starts to betray or become what it is that they report not to be, when they start behaving in ways that betray what their mission really is is,” said Daz’s supporter Tony Robles.
“When they attack the employers that the union represents, it’s shame on them… but they themselves are not practicing union values and union principles they are suppose to do to their own staff,” said Lamparas.
BA has reached out to SEIU via phone. The group does not wish to comment on the situation.