A hangman's noose in the boss' office

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A supervisor with CPS Energy (San Antonio public utility) displays a hangman's noose over two separated bibles — a symbol of white supremacy — in his cubicle at the downtown office.  Photo here.  Management has not responded to numerous complaints about it. Almost as incredible is the fact that the CEO of CPS Energy, “the nation's largest municipally-owned energy company providing both natural gas and electric service”, is an African-American, as is the chief administrative officer.

With everything that's been in the news of late regarding nooses …

KSAT (TV-12) did a report on last night's newscast and there is video also at the link.

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  1. A press conference is scheduled for this morning:

    An International Union Representative of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), representing employees of CPS Energy, will make a public statement and take questions from the press concerning the recent discovery that a manager at CPS Energy keeps a hangman's noose with Ku Klux Klan symbolism in his office. The press conference will take place on Monday, October 15, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in front of the CPS Energy office at 145 Navarro Street (San Antonio, TX).

    An employee discovered the hangman's noose, photographed it, and informed representatives of the IBEW.  A number of minority employees at CPS Energy have suffered adverse personnel actions in recent months and have complained of discrimination. In addition, Union members throughout the CPS Energy workforce have been complaining for months about management's disregard of established working conditions and acts of retaliation against employees who assert their rights. On October 10, the IBEW's International Representative was refused entry to CPS Energy offices to meet with management to discuss the deteriorating working conditions at CPS Energy on behalf of employees.

    Ralph Merriweather, IBEW International Representative, stated, “The hangman's noose is the tip of the iceberg. There is a management culture of repression and vindictiveness toward employees throughout CPS Energy. No community can tolerate this kind of hatefulness in a public agency.” Merriweather will address the issue more fully in the Monday morning press conference.

    CONTACT: David Van Os, Attorney for IBEW, (210) 821-1700 or (210) 332-7070.

    • I commend the IBEW for taking this on
      When this kind of racist message is prevalent in the work place, you have to feel that there is much, much more that's going on.

      This is simply unacceptable.

  2. KSAT.com reports that the noose has been removed
    Spokesperson Paula Gold-Williams said that the display was “benign”, that the noose had been displayed for ten years, and that one of the bibles was actually a dictionary.

    She would not comment on the employment status of the supervisor in question.

    Link with report and video:

    http://www.ksat.com/

    Includes comments from our man DVO.

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