Rank and File Scientists Demanding our Rights


California Association of Professional Scientists (CAPS) Fighting Union Caucus

Contact: Charles Rachlis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cell Phone: 415-205-0359

Press Conference to expose CAPS and Blanning and Baker:
Expose corporate control of the state scientists’ union. Members of CAPS have been expelled for trying to democratize their union.

CAPS’ leadership ordered to respond to charges. On May 15th 2012, the leadership of CAPS will be required to respond to the following charges at a hearing overseen by the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB):

1. Violation of 3515.5: Failing and/or refusing to apply reasonable membership rules
2. Violation of 3519.5 (d): Interference of employees’ rights per the dills act

CAPS is also ordered to answer to PERB for using unreasonable methods to expel members Charles Rachlis and Giorgio Cosentino for attempting to democratize and communicate with the membership during a recent CAPS election. Rachlis will be demanding, at the hearing, that both Cosentino and he be reinstated, that regular meetings be convened with web link up around the state, and that the last election be declared null and void and that a new election be held based on the rights in the CCC. Hearing date May 15, 2012, 10:00 a.m. Press conference immediately before at 9:15. San Francisco Regional PERB office, 1330 Broadway, Suite 1532, Oakland, CA. Working class and union activists, members and nonmembers of CAPS are invited to come and show support for our struggle against the corporate control of our union and for union democracy.

The CAPS Fighting Union Caucus members are angry at Blanning and Baker for taking CAPS money for years, all the while violating their rights, bylaws and corporation code sections 7510 (b), 7510 (e), 7512, and 8330. After two years of failed efforts to get Blanning and Baker to call a meeting of CAPS union members to discuss furloughs, pay cuts and other pertinent union business, disgruntled employees formed the CAPS Fighting Union Caucus to oust current CAPS board members and to cancel the union’s long term contract with Blanning and Baker. In response to this, Blanning and Baker changed the bylaws and have refused to convene meetings or give membership information to CAPS members who would like to call for a meeting via petition. Every attempt to reach the membership to explain the conditions of the Union relationship with Blanning and Baker has been blocked or prevented.

David Miller, current CAPS board member and President, stated in November 2010 at a DTSC CAPS informational meeting, “no one cares about the bylaws”. Charles Rachlis responded to this, “The 2500 members of CAPS care. We are paying our money to Blanning and Baker to follow the bylaws and respond to our needs. Not to hold our hands and whisper sweet nothings while secretly making concessionary deals behind our backs”.

The CAPS Fighting Union Caucus was formed in July 2011, when CAPS members discovered that Blanning and Baker had changed the bylaws related to member meetings and rights. If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview Charles Rachlis, email or phone (415) 205-0359. For more details:


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