To the Letters Editors:
I am calling this the “Shame on you Award” for Senator Ed Gomes and Representative Don Clemons for not pursuing the allegations I made regarding State Labor Board Arbitrators, Michael Culhane and Gerald Weiner for possibly fraud from the State
Why wouldn’t they pursue the allegations of the alleged fraud complaint I made against State Labor Arbitrators Mr. Weiner, Chair and Mr. Culhane, Mgmt. Member? I have written to both of them on four occasions. Senator Gomes has told me twice he would look into my allegations as he stated he is a friend to the Arbitrators and he didn’t think the Arbitrators would violate my rights by ignoring the NAGE Contract. I sent two packages of information & related documents, including portions of the NAGE Contract which states the Arbitrators “shall not add to nor subtract from” the NAGE contract, never-the-less Mr. Weiner and Mr. Culhane violated the NAGE contract when issuing an award to my grievance complaint by doing such and they allegedly dragged my case on for two years because they would be paid for each session they attended. This matter plus more is being investigated by Attorney General Blumenthal’s Office and which was also forwarded to State Auditors Mr. Jaekle and Mr. Johnston for an investigation. This matter was also given to the Bridgeport F.B.I.
I ask is the reason Senator Gomes will not pursue this matter because Mr. Weiner is heavily and politically connected to the “Powers to be” in the Senate and State House of Rep. or is it because Mr. Weiner is or was allegedly the Town Chair in his town. Senator Gomes also promised me in front of Bishop Mouring at a ceremony at the Bus Terminal that he would look into my complaints. After half-a-dozen times of me pleading with State Rep. Clemons to look into my allegations, he finally called Attorney Blumenthal’s office pertaining to this matters. For these reasons, I am asking that Senator Gomes, Vice Chair of Labor to consider stepping down as a member of the State Labor Board Committee since he refuse to look into the matter of the Arbitrators alleged fraud from the State.
As I was employed with the City of Bridgeport for 24 years before being unjustly terminated for whistle blowing about contaminated dirt piles located next to the City Health building, which cost the City rough fully ¼ million dollars to remove. I am enclosing a portion of the NAGE Union agreement which clearly states the procedures that should be abide by and the Arbitrators had no authority to and should not have changed the contract by adding to and taking away from the contract. The Grievance complaint states “Cecil C. Young’s benefits were terminated on March 20, 2006 for unjust cause & the City of Bridgeport is in violation of the NAGE contract under article 19” “Such Health Benefits and Insurance shall continue to be provided for terminated employees who have filed a timely grievance of such termination under this agreement, until a final decision on such grievance in arbitration or six (6) months from the date of termination, whichever is sooner.” “The arbitrator(s) shall not add to, nor subtract from the terms of this agreement as written.”
Michael C. Culhane was paid for the following hearing dates: 8/16/06 ($225.00), 10/23/06 ($150.00), 12/7/06 ($150.00), 8/28/07 ($225.00), 10/22/07 ($150.00), 12/12/07 ($150.00), 2/25/08 ($150.00)
Gerald T Weiner, Esq. was paid for the following hearing dates: 8/28/07 ($225.00,
10/22/07 ($150.00), 12/12/07 ($150.00), 2/25/08 ($150.00) and 5/22/08 ($175.00)
Because the Arbitrators added to the NAGE contract, the benefits I should have received in 2006 were denied. To this day, I still have not received my benefits which the NAGE contract clearly states I should have received. Because medical benefits were denied, my conditions has worsened which has gone into thousands of dollars & the City does not want to honor unless I can prove that my conditions are worst because I was not treated in 2006.. It is now 2010 and my conditions continue to worsen.
Cecil C. Young, Bridgeport
January 17, 2010