Daly Double: Weaponizing Retaliation

(Chuck Muth) – Nevada Assemblyman Skip Daly’s day job is running a labor union.  And his loyalty when there’s a conflict between his union members and his constituents is clear.

He’s union all the way.

But when staff workers employed by his own union, Laborers International 169, tried to unionize themselves…well, Mr. Daly was having none of it!

The workers sought representation from the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU 29).  And Daly was not happy about it.

Indeed, he tried to prevent one of the organizers, Victoria Gonzalez, from being involved in the effort by designating her a “Supervisor” despite her not having the authority to “hire, fire, discipline, promote or transfer employees.”

Then all hell broke loose, as detailed in a letter to the National Labor Relations Board…

“Since the decision by the staff at Laborers 169 to begin the process to join the (OPEIU 29), Mr. Daly has violated Section 7 of The Act by retaliating against the supporters of the Union.

“They have been excluded from annual holiday bonuses, they have been reprimanded in front of the other staff members, and they have even been followed home after work.

“If Ms. Gonzalez is excluded from this bargaining unit, it is our belief that Mr. Daly will terminate her due to her concerted union activity.”

Such concern was not unfounded, and the accusations of retaliation seem perfectly within character.

In fact, in a Reno Gazette-Journal interview Daly said his favorite quote was by Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in the 1800’s…

“Support your friends and defeat your enemies”

Daly has also demonstrated an explosive temper, which even resulted in physical violence at one of his union hall meetings.

And his weaponizing of retaliation isn’t limited to those who oppose him in union activities.

Contractors who have donated to Daly’s political opponent have reported suddenly getting hit with anonymous, petty “safety” complaints filed against their projects.

One construction operator reports having had a direct conservation with Daly in which Daly “was boasting he had made the anonymous complaint.”

Others – who don’t wish to be identified out of fear of suffering similar retaliatory harassment – have stated they believe the anonymous complaints have been filed as punishment “for supporting Daly’s opponent in both (posting campaign) signs and donations.”

This would certainly be consistent with Daly’s strongly held belief in supporting his friends and defeating his enemies.

But these folks aren’t “enemies.” They’re simply people trying to work and provide for their families, or businesses creating jobs and providing a valuable service to the community.

If these allegations are true, such vengeful retaliatory actions are a serious abuse of power and Daly should knock it off.

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Mr. Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, publisher of Nevada News & Views and founder/owner of The Campaign Doctor.  He blogs personally at www.MuthsTruths.com