Friday, September 15, 2023

Getting Pretty Old To Be Sent To The Principal's Office, But... "Lawyered Up", Part II

 https://www.trulia.com/pictures/thumbs_5/zillowstatic/fp/e3577feff62fb8a7e881b00908550396-full.jpg Many retirees, not to mention any names, are no longer "morning people". 

But an early morning, mid-September drive up Wade Avenue in Raleigh was invigorating - weather cool & crisp, leaves changing colors, Fall was in the air. Barbara Perkins was riding shotgun, while providing a running commentary on my driving. 

We were headed to the headquarters of the N.C. Retired Governmental Association (NCRGEA) to see if we could meet with its Executive Director, Tim O'Connell. The goal was to discuss Mr. O'Connell's letter supporting the incumbents in the current SECU election. Since Ms. Perkins was a member nominated candidate in the SECU elections and a longtime member of NCRGEA, she had a few concerns about Mr. O'Connell's "driving", too!

🔆 You can read the summary of the meeting in yesterday's post [here - 9/14/2023 post].

The meeting seemed to go well; and, a stay positive, no request for change, "no guilt, no apology" way of de-escalating any friction was proposed. Just let NCRGEA members know the names and qualifications of all SECU candidates! Ms. Perkins thought it had a "50/50" chance. 

Here was the response:

✅ Jack Cozort , Attorney at Law 

2611 Glen Eden Drive Raleigh, NC 27612 

September 14, 2023

Mr. Jim Blaine
Raleigh, North Carolina

Dear Mr. Blaine:

I represent the North Carolina Retired Governmental Employees’ Association. Mr. Tim O’Connell has shared with me the email you sent to him on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. He has also briefed me on the meeting you had with him in his office on September 11, 2023.

The Board of Directors at NCRGEA has carefully reviewed the plans for upcoming developments in place for the Board of Directors at the State Employees Credit Union. Our Board fully supports that plan. Furthermore, our Board considered all of the candidates for election to the SECU Board and is confident that it has endorsed the candidates who will best represent the interests of the members of NCGREA and who will do the best job as Board members at SECU. The Board of Directors at NCRGEA has no intention of changing its position or sending further communications to its members on this subject.

Mr. O’Connell has informed me that you used abusive, threatening and intimidating language in his office on September 11. I should not have to remind you that there is no need for that kind of behavior. Given those circumstances, however, I hereby inform you that all of your future communications with NCRGEA on this subject must be addressed to me, as counsel to the Association.

Sincerely,
/s/ Jack Cozort 

Cc: Tim O’Connell Mike Taylor

.... well, so much for that "50/50", Miz B!  

 🔆 [You can read the response to Mr. Cozort here 9/15 post here!]

 ... would you like to hear a little more about that "no need for that kind of behavior" paragraph? [Thought so, stay tuned for "Lawyered Up", Part III]


 

29 comments:

  1. Corruption at the highest levels.

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  2. What volunteer board would go through all of this? Big money getting paid out left and right. No way they are going to let those 3 lose the election and we all know they should! Kristina ray is nowhere to be found. I’m not shocked just very disappointed how our society does everything to keep the common man/woman/them down. That’s what it’s all about folks. Keeping the regular working class people suppressed in every sector of business. Secu WAS a gem. Welcome to corporate America secu. Get prepared to be a bank!

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    1. This folks is what it's like in a socialist paradise ...
      There are those at the top, and then the rest have to fight for the scraps ... it's where we are headed.
      If there are those who can't see it, I can't help you (not personal).
      Kristina Ray was probably told by her boss to stand down (campaign donations is probably involved). EVERYTHING is political unfortunately.

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  3. They are just paying off organizations at this point. That’s all there is to it. Can’t wait to see these terrible people thrown in jail one day

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  4. Dangit. I knew we should have sent Mike Lord. Lol

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    1. Now that's funny ... thanks for the laugh!

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  5. Good you lawyered up! It appears these two boards are just like our current admin in DC. . . crooked and self serving.

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    1. No. THEY lawyered up! Any idea how much $$$$$ it would take to lawyerup against deeep pockets!!?

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  6. Anybody with a brain can see big money is going to be shelled out to other organizations as long as they go along with all the bulls*** the board wants to do. This board is f****** terrible. They do NOT represent our interests at all! We are NOT a f****** bank, Jackie! Learn what a credit union is dumb*** before you send out a silly letter like that.

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    1. Completely inaccurate that This Board’s plans benefit retirees.

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    2. I bet they can't wait to rid themselves of RO85 ...
      They have shown they don't care for their employees, legacy or otherwise!
      What gets me is do the new employees think they will be treated differently than how they treat the legacy employees? Oh maybe at first, but they have shown what's in their DNA. It's who they are ... they will be next should they not follow the script ... with friends like that who needs enemies!

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  7. "It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

    Thomas Sowell

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  8. The days of sitting down and having a one on one conversation are over. Propaganda and censorship are two sides of the same coin ...

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  9. I’m not a lawyer nor will I try to understand law…but let’s SUE their ass. This is getting old.

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  10. If you are a member of the NCRGEA , reach out to your District Representative and ask how they voted and why on the organization’s endorsements.

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  11. Would love to hear more details about why NCGREA thinks the incumbents are best...

    Is it the 1% their members can earn on their savings at SECU?

    Is it the 6.5 million their members paid for SECU to hire an imbecile who couldn't even structure a sentence? And then quit.

    Is it the 1-2 hour wait times for calls to SECU?

    Maybe it's the services being taken out of the branches?

    Which innovation are these retirees most jazzed about?

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    1. "Would love to hear more details about why NCGREA thinks the incumbents are best ..."
      Because that is what they were told to do else ...

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  12. Thanks for everything that you (and many others!) are doing for the normal, average people that are members of SECU. The people that don't have much of safety net, don't have lawyers to fight their fights for them, or momma's to co-sign for their loans, that do need a community credit union for and by them. I sincerely hope that the good hearted people who want best not just for them, but for other people in their communities will prevail here.

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  13. Guarantee you there is a connection between individuals on the SECU Board and individuals on the NCRGEA Board. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

    Even more reason to double your efforts to get every vote possible for the Member Nominees - Perkins, Clements and Stone.

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  14. How disgusting that Mr O'Connell has to run get his attorney person to run interference for him. Sounds like he doesn't haver the ability to defend himself.

    Of course when you have no defense you use misdirection.

    Keep up the good work Timmy, I'm sure all your members are extremely happy with your actions.

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  15. This is a product of success, SECU was too successful.
    The new/new Shepherds opened the gates for the wolves to slip in... After they come in, tear the place apart, they'll move on but the flock will never be the same. You're already seeing 'them' leaving after having "slaughtered" the legacy employees and uprooted the landscape (RBL etc ...).
    Our last shepherds kept the wolves at bay ...
    Elections/appointments have consequences ...
    Don't give up yet, we have the truth as our sword!

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    1. 'They' are culling the herd aka legacy employees

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  16. So this gives us ordinary folks like me a glimpse into how all these organizations run for cover behind attorneys when they can't seem to speak for themselves.
    And the icing on the cake is they spend their members money, not their own. It's always easier to spend other peoples money!

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  17. Quick, get Lassie! Timmy's in the well!

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    1. Thanks for the laugh! We need that

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  18. curiouser and curiouser...seems like everyone is lining up for their handout for when these scoundrels take our money as a payout when they sell us out as bank.

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  19. Long time member of NCRGEA and a long time member of SECU absolutely livid over the treatment Jim Blaine and Barbara Perkins received when simply asking for fair and equal treatment of all SECU Board candidates by our organization. Hopefully I am not the only Retiree expressing my opinion in Raleigh this afternoon. Place those calls and emails to Tim O'Connell and all NCRGEA Board of Directors - and DO Not send me a reply from Jack Cozort.
    And please cast those vote for Perkins, Stone and Clements for SECU Board of Directors!

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