Mr. James Spears
Mr. Daniel Besseck
ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 Leadership engaged in corruption and misconduct (Pictured above)
ACE-AFSCME Local 2250, via Executive Director Mr. Daniel Besseck, demonstrated that it was not above “school yard bullying” when Mr. Besseck attempted to physically attack a hard-working senator from Prince George’s County recently. This childish behavior did not happen on the back of a school playground, but instead at a meeting that was held for the purpose of addressing grievances. This behavior is unbecoming of a union representative. According to the International constitution, members have a right to free speech and they should not suffer impairment (Read more) What else does Mr. Besseck do in private after this display of thuggery of the ninth degree in public to a high-ranking public official?
Senator Joan Benson, who cares a lot about the school system, was emphasizing a point when she mentioned Mr. Daniel Besseck as having been opposed to the HB1107 legislation passed recently. As she was illuminating the point, Mr. Besseck stood up and approached her in a threatening manner while mumbling, and gesturing towards her in an attempt to strike her. Before Mr. Besseck could accomplish his unspeakable goal, he was restrained forcefully by a union member in the meeting. Once again, a non-union official had to clean up the mess of the union. Many union members of ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 and other unions have sought help from her over the years concerning problems in schools. She is a true champion of children together with other Senators and delegates in PG County. Why then harass and threaten someone like Senator Joan Benson who means well to employees, families and children of PG County? Many of the people who witnessed the incident against Senator Benson are still in shock. Many were truly offended, and extremely disappointed with this under-handed tactic by the Executive Director towards a state senator, which is inconsistent with the manner in which union does business. Mr. Besseck is prone to lash out to union members and is not a team player. The threatening nature and communication by Mr. Besseck to the senator in the presence of union members was inappropriate. What occurred at the union meeting was only a symptom of the larger problems we must finally confront. Notwithstanding our ongoing conversations and concern about the direction and leadership of our beloved union, our Board has not taken any action to improve its leadership or to address member concerns.
A meeting to address the issue is scheduled this Thursday afternoon June 13th 2013 at 3231 Superior Lane, A3 Bowie, Maryland 20715.
Mr. Besseck has had a very troublesome tenure and he is known to have a specific gender bias. Some members have pointed out his racist tendencies to no avail. Female employees are said to be scared of approaching him and he silences civil opposition with verbal tyranny. His approach of doing union Business is costing the union millions of dollars in liability and his corrupt activities are well-known. He is reputed for his preference of carpet interviews. He treats female workers as an extension of his harem. Some of the many tools of his abrasive arsenal are said to include tempering with union election ballots, expenditure, and fraternization with staff members among others. Mr. Besseck’s lackluster job performance has also resulted in many poor decisions in operations, internal and external communications.
Mr. Besseck is assisted in this roguish behavior by Mr. James Spears, who likes to undermine the union while working closely with Mr. James Whattam, Mr. Damon Felton and other conspirators. Every bully needs henchmen. Mr. Spears likes to use terms like “I have got your back” and is heavily involved in tampering with evidence and intimidating witnesses. Several grievances have been mishandled at the hands of these two henchmen and a leave without pay is warranted pending investigations. Anybody who says “there is no problem” is putting his head in the sand. The Executive Board needs to ask them to step aside like in all investigations until they are cleared of wrong doing. We are confident a temporary care taker can be appointed to take over on a temporary basis. If no action is taken, the Union membership is asked to exercise their democratic right and reject the current eight (8) Executive Board members in bed with the two in the polls in October this year. Both Mr. Besseck and Mr. Spears were recruited by Mr. Damon Felton, an attorney for the MSEA who was in bed with management for many years. Mr. Felton contributed greatly to the suffering of a great number of families in Prince George’s County. He has been busy conspiring with his mentor Mr. James Whattam, who is slated to resign at the end of this month due to incompetence, willful neglect of duty and corruption.
Over the years, AFSCME Union has engaged in breach of contract and conspiracy to squander union funds in collusion with previous Board chair Ms. Verjeana Jacobs without any consequences. (Read more ~> ACE-AFSCME LOCAL 2250) So what happened to the money after the union members lost the highlighted case because of the statute of limitations? Who benefits the most when the union is sued for willful violations of State and Federal laws? Membership needs to ask tough questions about these issues… Despite the shocking nature of the previous offenses discussed, there is more to tell regarding the various unions in PGCPS. Eight of the top ten all-time political contributors are labor unions. Labor leaders have made the use of employee money for political causes a popular practice — but it’s far less popular among the public and the members themselves. However, that is another story in the future.
ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 will not be here in three years if we don’t make some crucial decisions now. Concubinage as practiced by some of these union leaders is another issue of concern to union membership. Mr. Spears is in the debt of the union members, as their dues funds his acquisition of concubines when he goes to Chicago, Annapolis etc. Our hard-earned dollars should not be used to support such life styles by union representatives. We have ignored one impropriety after another beginning with the personal relationship between the executive Director, Mr.. Spears and conspirators. After two years, we know their partnership has not served us well.
We have had enough, enough is enough!
It’s time to introduce accountability to the out of control undisciplined union Executives masquerading as union representatives throughout the state of Maryland starting with PG County. If we must move forward in Maryland as a whole, we must address these issues urgently and resolve the problems. In many cases, people walking into the PGCPS schools, central and the Union offices don’t see corruption right away. It takes a keen observer and time studying the situations to understand what is going on.
Just like what has been happening in Baltimore city jail scandal, with a Leader Of Black Guerilla Family Prison Gang, Accused Of Impregnating 4 Female Guards, PGCPS corruption is also aided by union politics which too includes illicit affairs. In Both situations, the senior prison officers in charge were incompetent and involved in corruption. Verjeana Jacobs, who recently retired from the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections as Lieutenant Colonel, was at the same time Board chair of Education in PG County. Undoubtedly, this was a conflict of interest. Nepotism, Corruption, fraternization, contraband, and professional misconduct are involved. Smuggled Contra band was involved with clear knowledge of the AFSCME personnel and the union failed to protect workers.
The above Union executives have been, and are still, in bed with PGCPS management including some BOE members. As a result of their outlandish selfish behavior, employees, children and families of PG County suffer. It’s time to create union accountability in the absence of such. Unless we make a few people in top Union management accountable, problems are going to persist day in and day out for many years to come!
The ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 union rhetorical banner attached below says that “We make the schools work “. However, the opposite is true. The union is destroying schools through unfair, dishonest, perfunctory, arbitrary, or discriminatory treatment of workers by PGCPS Unions and allegations of discrimination based on membership status or dissident views. Employees, families and children of Prince George’s County deserve better than the current status quo. If the unions had done their work, there would have be no need to change the governing structure FOR Prince George’s County Public schools. The ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 union is in genuine trouble and “time is of the essence” for new leadership.
On this note, the union henchmen identified here must step aside to allow proper investigations to occur. The Union Executives sleeping with their subordinates and making innocent workers pregnant without check, must also step aside. It’s time!
- Support increased penalty for contraband in jails, prisons and especially schools.
- Support strong penalties for union executives and administrators who sit on grievances with serious implication and danger for the society.
- Reform Sasscer Movement would be interested in working with the legislature to explore the state’s ability to prosecute gang members within the school district who have connection with the jails.
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~ Jim Rohn