By Larry Landaker, Publisher, PECTruthwatch
PECTruthwatch received an anonymous letter this week from PEC “Concerned Employees”. We chose not to publish this letter until it was determined to be authentic. The letter was signed, “Very concerned employees who give it our best, day in and day out, and desperately want a board of directors that stays in their lane!”
It is unknown who authored the letter or whether it was written by one employee or several. What is known with absolute certainty is that the letter contains inside knowledge of PEC and was conveyed to the entire board of directors. It reads like a cry for help. Clearly, emotions among many PEC employees remain raw from events over the last 6 months. It also appears that the board is tone deaf to employee attitudes in the summer of their discontent.
PECTruthwatch readers will now have the opportunity to read this letter in its entirety and judge for themselves here:
Among other things, the letter accuses James Oakley and Board President Emily Pataki of using PEC as a stepping stone for higher political gain at the expense of the best interests of the employees and members.
But the letter more vigorously attacks Mr. Oakley. He is criticized for ginning up publicity on his own behalf (to the detriment of the cooperative’s public image and reputation). He is once again admonished for his “time for a tree and a rope” comment, calling his apology, “feeble”.
“An apology is something you say or write in order to tell someone that you are sorry you have hurt them or caused trouble for them. It is not up to you to decide whether or not an apology is sufficient and should be accepted. That is left up to the people who felt hurt by the comments.”
Much of the letter expresses concerns over the question of who will succeed Mr. Hewa. The board, it appears, is giving consideration to filling the position internally. The letter suggests that no candidate from management within is qualified…that the upper management pool is full of distrust and dysfunction.
In closing, the letter calls upon the board to rebuild its public image, to quit disparaging the former CEO and to formally assess its own performance.