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Meche Sherles: Fending Off Union Vengence

Organized by: Kevin Menager

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THE STORY:

In 2010 a staff employee of the SEIU Local 1000 forced himself on Meche (pronounced "Meesh") Sherles, a union member volunteer. She fended him off but he continued to harass her with text messages and lewd remarks. Unable to have her case heard within the union's internal disciplinary mechanism, she had no choice but the sue the union she spent so much time and devotion on.


Unfortunately, she lost that case on a technicality--the union successfully claimed that she was "not an employee" and, therefore, outside of their responsibility. She continued the case against the perpetrator whose legal council was still being covered by the union even though he left their employ over a year ago. Then, on what was likely to be the last day of the trial, she had to drop the case because her wife became seriously ill and was taken to the ER and later checked into the hospital.


All this time the Union offered to drop their claim for legal expenses on the previous case if only she would drop the one against their former employee. She refused because that would also have bound her with a gag order which would have prevented her from warning other women in the union.


Well, with the second case was quickly settled with no damages sought by either side, Local 1000 came after Mech for their revenge and served her with bill for roughly $9500 plus interest. The union currently threatening to attach her wages sending her into bankruptcy and preventing her from buying the necessary heart medicine for her beloved wife.


Let us help this woman who stood up to her bullies and never backed down...until the life of her beloved was at stake. The union can have their money for court costs but let's make sure it does not cause any additional pain to Meche.

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