First Responder Gets Last Word

05Oct09

Paramedic

On November 5th 2007 Mayor Moron terminated the employment of John Jasinski, an EMS Paramedic at the request of Donna Best, EMS chief.

The hearing for termination was attended by the usual cronies meaning Edmund Winterbottom, the Department Head Donna Best and, of course, James R. Miron. The only thing that was left out of this proceeding were two independent witnesses. The charge? Swearing. (Honest!).

Despite the testimony of two independent witnesses as well as Mr. Jasinski’s denial, it was decided to terminate his services as one of only four paramedics.

On September 22, 2009 a hearing was held at the Department of Labor (does Miron have a coffee cup there with his name on it?) Board of Mediation and Arbitration. They found that two independent witnesses did not corroborate Ms. Best’s allegations. We forget the term used when independent witnesses do not corroborate what was actually said. But we are sure one of our readers can think of it. The result being that the DOL ordered the Town of Stratford to reinstate Mr. Jasinski immediately.

Yet again, we find that James R. Miron will fire anyone for little or no cause whatsoever. We do not know yet what legal fees have been born by the Town (us) for pursuing this case of swearing but we are sure they will be substantial. Welcome back Mr. Jasinski.

You can read the entire hearing here:

Jasinski-DOL Case

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32 Responses to “First Responder Gets Last Word”

  1. 1 greghousemd

    Jez,

    I dont believe Winterbottom was the HR Director in 07. Wasn’t it Tina Burgett?

  2. 2 jezebel282

    Hmmm…you may be right. Ms. Burgett didn’t last very long. I’ll have to check that.

  3. 3 greghousemd

    Jez,

    I just spent an hour of so talking to my friends who are all employees, You may find it interesting to note that Ms. Best & Mr. Best had this Mr. Jasinski in their sights for a long time.

    According to my sources, Mr. Jasinski has also won another labor board case in which a written warning issued by Ms. Best, regarding his general conduct on a 911 call.

    Supposedly Ms. Best had “5” different complaints from 5 people on a call Mr. Jasinski responded too. Testified that secret files are kept on certain employees and then failed to produce any of the alleged “5” complaints.

    I was also told that this type of thing doesnt stop with Mr. Jasinski, its all about favoritism, She was given a complaint from one of her Lieutenants in 2008 in which the Lieutenant witnessing another employee publically urinating. The Lieutenant had two independant witness statements confirming his report, this employee also swore at the officer when he was caught, and this incident went ignored.

  4. 4 mikereynolds

    Well, Mr. Jasinski got his job back but without the back pay he was asking for. Its a win/lose.

    Based on the DOL report there appears to be some issues between Mr. Jasinksi and Mrs. Best and possibly Mr. Best.

    This looks like an attempt by Mrs. Best to get rid of someone she doesn’t like.

    Regardless, you can’t fire someone over allegedly swearing. You discipline the person and if they repeat the offending action you can then terminate them.

    This is what a qualified HR manager is for. To guide the town through HR procedures. It seems in Stratford the HR manager just says “yes” to the Mayor on everything.

  5. 5 jezebel282

    Greg,

    You are correct. Edmund Winterbottom became HR Director on 14 May 2008.

    “Stratford fills human resources director post
    RICHARD WEIZEL
    Article Last Updated: 05/14/2008 12:15:55 AM EDT

    STRATFORD — A former Bridgeport labor relations administrator has come out of retirement to fill the vacant post of town human resources director.

    Two weeks after Tina Burgett resigned from the job, Edmund E. Winterbottom, 66, who retired in June after serving a decade as Bridgeport’s director of labor relations and benefits, has accepted the town’s $85,750-a-year post.”

    Now we wonder why Ms. Burgett “resigned”.

  6. 6 jezebel282

    Mike,

    Mr. Jasinski did not receive back pay because he was working elsewhere and that mitigated the damages.

  7. 7 mikereynolds

    Fair enough….but it amazes me how badly this town handles HR issues.

  8. 8 jezebel282

    Mike,

    It doesn’t roll up hill, you know.

  9. 9 greghousemd

    Sad, It rolls downhill onto anyone you don’t like.

  10. 10 1george1

    An Arbitrator can award back pay, minus unemployment or
    compensation from other employment.

    If the pay from the Town was less than the pay from another
    source, it is NOT quite a moot issue.

    It creates a precedent.

    Since discipline is supposed to be corrective in nature rather
    than punitive, that too, should be moot.

    However, discipline is also supposed to be progressive, in that one
    should not be able to summarily fire someone for a first offense,
    unless it is something like a crime.

    A means to preempt progressive discipline would be to point out
    that swearing can be a crime called Disorderly Conduct, resulting
    in a summons and court appearance.

    Under the CT. GENERAL STATUTUES prosecutors are supposed to
    refuse to act under the color of the law or to maliciously prosecute
    or prosecute (I forgot the term – but it is like trivial matter)

    Since there was NO ARREST, NOR CONVICTION, it mitigates against
    the validity of the labor “arrangement.”

    In this economy, one of the few bright spots are for medical people
    like doctors, nurses, EMS, etc.

    If Miron wins in November or if there is no change in circumstances,
    Mr. Jasinski may be best advised to look at alternatives other than
    “going postal.” Once harassment begins, unless protected under EEOC
    purview, there is minimally sufficient Labor Lawyer compensation under
    Labor Law to make it worth while for the Lawyer and plaintiff.

    Exception being class action.

    Dregs of the legal profession and medical profession become labor
    lawyers and doctors for business and government, usually from the
    same mold as those who become Town Attorneys, Prosecutors,
    States Attorneys, and U. S. ATTORNEYS.
    1 – Lack of integrity
    2 – Maliability
    3 – Lazy
    4 – Lack of talent and or skills
    5 – Political connections
    6 – Willingness to bend over
    7 – Incapable of earning nearly as well in the private sector
    8 – Willing to trade in human misery for self benefit.

    I was given a choice of certain doctors to go to when I was in the
    USPS. I chose the same one who already admitted he was a whore.
    He asked me why I choose him again?
    My response?
    Each of my 3 USPS choices was likely a WHORE.
    YOU already admitted you were a WHORE.
    ALL you could do is repeat your LIES.
    The others could offer you CONCURRANCE.

    It was a very civil conversation.
    He had admitted that he was in management’s pay.
    He was going to do what managment asked of him.
    He would be able to help “his people.”
    If people were not “his people” he had no issue doing as asked.
    It is moot as to who “his people” were.
    In this country and other, it can become any group.
    It is the way some people think and act.

  11. 11 greghousemd

    George,

    “However, discipline is also supposed to be progressive, in that one
    should not be able to summarily fire someone for a first offense,
    unless it is something like a crime.”

    Supposedly Ms. Best had “5″ different complaints from 5 people on a call Mr. Jasinski responded too. Testified that secret files are kept on certain employees and then failed to produce any of the alleged “5″ complaints. The labor board struck down this warning.

    I would venture to say this is harassment.

    When you speak of crimes though i find it deplorable that Ms. Best was given a complaint from one of her Lieutenants in 2008 in which the Lieutenant witnessing another employee publically urinating. The Lieutenant had two independant witness statements confirming his report, this employee also swore at the officer when he was caught, and this incident went ignored.

    Last I checked, public urination was a “crime” if im not mistaking??? Wasnt a firefigher terminated over that 2-3 years ago??

  12. 12 jezebel282

    Greg,

    “Last I checked, public urination was a “crime” if im not mistaking???”

    May I remind you that this is Stratford? Public urination is a crime. Urinating on the public is not.

  13. 13 ronmoreau

    ROTFLMAO

  14. 14 greghousemd

    Well, its unfortunate, We the taxpayers are going to have to pay for more mismanagement.

    At least we clearly see that Miron gave the “OK” on Ms. Best’s recommendation with no shred of evidence other than “her word”. Gotta love where allegiances are!

    Jez,

    Two department heads in the same building on Mirons “A” list with a rubber stamp to do apparently whatever they want!

    you seem to know alot of what goes on at the PD. how bad it is at EMS? seems like since they live in the basement, alot of **** rolls is now rolling down their way too.

  15. 15 1george1

    I agree with Ron’s post # 13

  16. 16 jezebel282

    Greg,

    “how bad it is at EMS?”

    To be honest, it is hard to tell. I have had occasion to have called upon EMS services in the past and I was impressed by the response, care and professionalism of the responders. I was actually proud that we had such a volunteer service. EMS volunteers want to serve their neighbors and not complain to them.

    Also the persecution by Miron was not as obvious as it has been against the PD. Honest officers are investigated, suspended, demoted and arrested all for the sake of vengeance. Apparently, no Town department is immune from that.

    I’ve said it before, there is a huge difference between chasing an ambulance and driving one.

  17. 17 1george1

    I was just LYNCHED at a CITIZENS ADDRESSING RACIAL EQUALITY
    meeting, with editable video for a kangaroo court from
    Schirillo.

    Miron cut a deal with Christ Church for commuter parking.
    The head of OSNA which runs their Mayor and Council meeting
    is ex-wife to Kevin Kelly & Tim Bishop’s partner.
    according to Miron’s finance director –
    Jackson, Kelly, Bishop paid 2008-2009 $ 154,022
    Bechem $ 649,278
    Florek $ 44,887

    So much for a chance in the debates.

  18. 18 omeara128

    MIKE,

    HR DEPT DOES WHATEVER IT WANTS WHETHER RIGHT OR WRONG…THEY DONT CARE WHO IT AFFECTS.

    I WAS A COP, HURT ON DUTY, WINTERBOTTOM CUT OFF MY PAY AND MADE ME COLLECT UNEMPLOYEMENT BECAUSE INSTEAD OF MY INJURY BEING CLASSIFIED AS INJURY ON DUTY, DC LOSCHIAVO/HR DEPT SAID CHARGE HIM WITH SICK TIME, THEY DONT CARE ABOUT WHO’S FAMILY IT AFFECTS BECAUSE IT DOESNT AFFECT THEM..

  19. 19 jezebel282

    And Justin Loschiavo continues to be on “light duty”. 83 days “Injured on Duty” and 37 days (so far) on “light duty”.

    At some point someone has to wonder what his “injuries” were.

  20. 20 1george1

    I concur with post # 18.

    Some people are completely insensitive to pain they cause.
    Then there are those who enjoy inflicting pain and suffering,
    which I believe we have both, among people we do not like.

  21. 21 omeara128

    Jez,

    From me reading our police contract it specifies what LIGHT DUTY is described as.

    It states that an officer who is assigned to light duty from his doctor or the town doctor is for an injury or illness that is not permanent………

    When I put in my papers on June 4, 08 to retire on a disability I didnt know that HR DEPT(WINTERBOTTOM) would cancel most all the disability review board meetings. I was out OCT 07 to OCT 08, WINTERBOTTOM knew they were charging me with sick time and per contract I could only be out 1year and 1 day per contract, I tried to come back light duty instead of cutting off my pay but they said I couldnt because I had already put in for retirement, so they cut off my pay and I had to collect unemployement even though I was still employed by the town and had a young daughter to support.. I waited from June 4th 08 to Jan 09 to be retired. I find it funny that CYBART was retired the same day as me and he had just put in his papers like a month before………

  22. 22 jezebel282

    Omeara,

    “I waited from June 4th 08 to Jan 09 to be retired.”

    You know the cause for that better than anyone. Your name is not “Loschiavo”.

    “an officer who is assigned to light duty from his doctor or the town doctor is for an injury or illness that is not permanent”

    Gee, you’d think Edmund Winterbottom would jump all over this, wouldn’t you?

  23. 23 omeara128

    I find it hard to believe that a JUDGE would say FOI is allowed in a priest molesting young kids but FOI is having a hard making a decision on the Christian Miron Background…

    Also is it me or am I not seeing clearly. I see cops from other towns getting arrested for gun charges, sex with minors etc etc, ALL ON PAID LEAVE..

    Release of Christian Mirons background by whom is anyones guess ..

    Captain McNeil suspended and demoted to Sgt, then arrested and suspended again both times with no pay. Soto cleared in the IA investigation but then arrested and suspended with no pay. Farmer arrested also.

    INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY APPARENTLY DOESNT APPLY UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION……….

  24. 24 omeara128

    Jez,

    Is clear its different rules for different people, its just disgusting. Winterbottom forgot to read that section of the police contract…

  25. 25 sudds

    Jez…

    Didn’t I tell you that he is going to be on light duty until (they are hoping that Miron wins re-election) he qualifies for a full pension!?!?!?

  26. 26 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    It would be refreshing if the Disability Review Panel or the Pension Review Committee inquired as to his “injuries” on June 6, 2009 when he collided with Ms. Cicerale. Apparently they are serious enough to cause him not to return to full duty for 120 days….

  27. 27 1george1

    You people know more about the details of the issues than I do.

    Conversely, you have more bias about these than I do.
    However, it is not that I am disagreeing with your positions.
    Just writing what I believe to be facts.

  28. 28 greghousemd

    Mr. Jasinski returned to work this week

  29. 29 jezebel282

    Greg,

    Tell him “we” said welcome back!

  30. 30 mikereynolds

    Yeah with a huge bullesye on his back that Donna Best will be putting in her sights…Good luck kid.

  31. 31 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “that Donna Best will be putting in her sights”

    Only until December 13th.

  32. 32 1george1

    Good luck


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