Hey I like you you, it sounds like you are from my union, our union is also company ran. My union got me fired I went to the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) and filed charges on both my company and union and those ???? dropped my charges because they beleive my Chief Steward and they are protecting him and my company. So I appealed my case to Washington. Let me tell you something that would make your case very strong "GET SIGNED WRITTEN STATEMENTS FROM CO-WORKERS" It will be a lot of help in your case to have others backing you up. If I were you, I would write it up as you see it and have people sign it. It will show NLRB and your International union who is all behind you. One person can't fight City Hall as my father once told me. It the same with a Union. Unions are going "OUT" because of the way your reps and my reps are running the union. The Union bylaws are not hard to find all you have to do is ask someone in office Union Steward, Chief, or President anyone in Office can get you a copy. They have to give you a copy. You will find that they are not following the bylaws as my people don't either. I wanted to run for Chief and my Chief knew it, and had me terminated. I got 3 stupid petty write ups within 2 months after 9 yrs. I'm fighting it now. My District Rep through our union is trying to get me settlement. My Chief Steward (Not the same one) called me tonight to tell me the offer is $3500.00 and authorize my unemployment. I laughed "I don't think so" I made $16.00 an hr with good benefits, 3 weeks vacations been there 9 years.
You are going to have to pull your people together and get a petition going and take it to "WASHINGTON" above your district. Because 2 to one your district is behind your local like mine is.
Good luck and if I can help you in anyway let me know. FIRST THING FIRST "GET OTHERS TO BACK YOU UP" Secretively, because yes you could lose your job I did. But also make sure you take notes of EVERYTHING that goes on Date, time, what's happening, and most importantly witnesses. And make sure your witnesses remember the situation. Make a comment to them about it something so the situation sticks in their head. Good Luck.... Amy