Ralph de Juliis, AFGE Local 2505 President, sent Tulsa management an email saying that he wanted to use the afternoon to work on the response to SSA’s discovery request in an EEO Complaint.

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From: Dejuliis, Ralph
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2012 9:46 AM
To: Cluck, Kelli; Huerta, Eliazar; Floyd, Lynn; #DA RO Staff CREO
Cc: XXXXXXXXXX
Subject: EEO Discovery Time
Importance: High


XXXXXXXX


This is the response to Agency Discovery in EEOC No. 490-2012-00033X, Agency No. DAL-11-0563-SSA

It is due 2/10 and I'll be out of office tomorrow through Thursday. I'd like 4 hours this afternoon.

Thank you!

Ralph


SSA didn’t respond to the request. AND, when LP de Juliis returned from lunch, LP de Juliis was assaulted by District Manager Huerta! As de Juliis reported to the Dallas CREO staff:

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From: Dejuliis, Ralph
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2012 11:47 AM
To: #DA RO Staff CREO
Subject: Request for EEO Counseling - Ralph de Juliis (Tulsa) - Physical Assault by Manager
Importance: High

I request EEO Counseling.

ON February 6, I emailed Tulsa management that I would like 4    hours of EEO time that afternoon to work on the response to SSA's discovery on XXXXXs' EEO complaint:

I was returning to my desk from lunch at about 1:45. Tulsa District Manager Eliazar Huerta was coming out of the mail room. He asked me if I was going to be answering the General Inquiry Telephone  lines. I responded that I had sent him an email for time this     afternoon to respond to SSA's discovery on Xxxxxx's EEO case.       BUT, I added, if he denied my time, I was certainly going to be answering the GI line.

We were right outside my cubicle on the office floor. I started to turn     to sit down in my chair. He grabbed my upper arm as I turned away     to sit down so that I couldn't turn away or sit down. He asked me    again, in a higher pitched, louder voice: "Are you going to be   answering the phones?" I replied, again, that if he denied my     request for time to respond to SSA's discovery on Emily's EEO, I      was going to answer the phone. He let my arm go; he walked away.       I sat down in my chair.

I was physically assaulted by the Tulsa District Manager Eliazar   Huerta after he found out that I was going to acting an EEO representative. Tulsa SSA did not file an incident report on this   assault as they are required to do.

His action was clearly intended to intimidate me as an EEO representative and inhibit / prohibit me from acting as an EEO representative.

His physically grabbing me / assaulting me is clearly prohibited by SSA policy. See:
http://atlnet1.bi.ssa.gov/ComponentSites/CHR/onestop/workplace.html :
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), homicide is the second leading cause of death in U.S. workplaces. Yet, homicide is not the only form of workplace violence.

OSHA reports: "Workplace violence is any physical assault, threatening behavior, or verbal abuse occurring in the work setting." Under this definition, even disorderly conduct, including pushing, throwing or slamming objects, and verbally threatening or harassing employees, are classified as instances of workplace violence. Other examples of workplace violence include extortion, and any explicit (verbal) or non-verbal communication that implies harm or shows intent to harm.


Also see: http://denet.kc.ssa.gov/csi/resources/violence.doc (attached)

The address of the Tulsa SSA Office is 4750 South Garnett Road, Tulsa, OK 74146

The administrative phone number for there is: 866-593-5664

The Office FAX number is (918)641-2446.

I am a GS - 11 Claims Representative.

The last four digits of her SSN are: 3471

My home address is 1715 North Country Club Road, Muskogee, OK 74403.

I prefer that everything be sent to the office, not my home.

My cell phone number is 918-781-3096.

I would like to participate in EEO Alternate Dispute Resolution.

I wish to be represented. My representative will be

Christina Monks, Executive Vice President
AFGE Local 2505

She is a Social Security Employee.

Her work address is 4750 South Garnett Road, Tulsa, OK 74146-5233

Her work phone number is 866-593-5664

I do not wish to remain anonymous.

I have not filed a grievance or MSPB Complaint on these issues.

AFGE council 220 President Witold Skwierczynski has written Deputy Commissioner for Operations in Central Office, Mary Glenn-Croft about this latest attack against the Union!


National Council of SSA Field Operations Locals

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO


Representing Over 29,000 Social Security Employees Working In Over 1,300 Field Offices and 36 Teleservice Centers Across the Nation, Puerto Rico and Pacific Islands

P.O. Box 47638

Baltimore MD 21244-7638

February 22, 2012

Mary Glenn-Croft

Deputy Commissioner, Operations

Social Security Administration

6401 Security Blvd.

1204 WHR

Baltimore MD 21235


Deputy Commissioner Glenn-Croft:


On Monday, February 6, 2012, AFGE Local 2505 President Ralph de Juliis was the victim of a physical assault by Tulsa OK District Manager, Eliazar Huerta. Mr. Huerta approached Mr. de Juliis, who is also a Claims Representative in the Tulsa office, and gave him a work assignment. When Mr. de Juliis reminded him that he had requested time to respond to an Agency discovery request with re4gard to an EEO case that he was handling, Mr. Huerta grabbed his arm while Ralph was trying to sit down. This prevented Mr. de Juliis from sitting down. While grabbing his arm, Mr. Huerta raised his voice and in an intimidating manner repeated his work assignment. Mr. de Juliis again responded that he would complete the work assignment if his request for EEO time to respond to SSA’s discovery request was denied by Mr. Huerta.


Finally, Mr. Huerta released his grip on Ralph’s arm and walked away.


Mr. Huerta’s physical restraint of AFGE Local 2505 President Ralph de Juliis is extremely disturbing. Such action constitutes workplace violence and is completely unacceptable behavior. Assault of union officials and bargaining unit employees in SSA offices cannot be tolerated.


This type of violence, bullying and intimidating activity would certainly result in a proposal to terminate if such actions were initiated by a bargaining unit employee.


AFGE Council 220 demands that management take immediate action to severely discipline Mr. Huerta for his unacceptable behavior.


In view of the fact that I am receiving a number of reports regarding SSA manager’s aggressive behavior directed at bargaining unit employees, it is time for SSA to provide mandatory training for managers regarding the unacceptability of workplace violence and actions that SSA will take if managers engage in such prohibited conduct.


Please respond to me regarding SSA’s response to this assault and my request for mandatory management training.


Sincerely,


Witold Skwierczynski

President


Cc: R. de Juliis

M. J. Lambie

T. O’Dowd

H. Egerman

T. Gruber