Better Late Than Never

Back in December of 2003, I posted an item about a man named George Pavlovszky. Well, I just found out that his kid, or at least somebody claiming to be his kid, didn’t really like it too much. I didn’t get these comments until right now, partly because things used to disappear after a few months and partly because he posted them underneath the wrong post, but here they are now.

Hey, I was looking through all of the stuff on my dad and I came acrossed this page. I just thought id let you know the real story… I dont appreciate people bad talking my dad when they dont even know what happened.

My Dad is a great guy and always was, He may have a short temper but hes a really nice guy, Friendly and all.

The reason my dad, George Pavlovszky, Did what he did is because he has been working there over 20 years and lately they have been screwing around with him alot. About 1 week before he did this, They were getting my dad to train two guys to do Hisjob, Which to let you know, He cuts down trees for the City of Moncton, And thats also his private work, He doesnt work in the Post Office, I dont get where you would get that Idea… Anyway, My dad got mad because his bosses were going to get these two guys to take his Job and then they were going to fire him or something like that.

And also, My dad is now being screwed around by the Union. They arnt helping him at all, Its not what you think. They are now screwing with him. They HAVE to help anyone with getting their job back but they are basicly ignoring my dad. I dont know really anything else to say, But yeah, I just wanted you to know the true story. And because of this, I will be spending my christmas alone, Without my dad. Hes a great man, But he does lose his temper easily. Hes getting out soon, But not soon enough.

–Steve Pavlovszky–

( The 14 Year Old Son Of George Pavlovszky )
Steve Pavlovszky | 12.09.03 – 9:06 pm

A few quick comments.

1. Sorry for not getting to this sooner, we’re usually a lot quicker than this.

2. I’m sorry to hear that you had to spend Christmas without an important member of your family. that’s got to be hard to deal with, especially when the reason why is such a public one.

3. Saying he’s got a short temper is an interesting way of putting it.

4. The post office thing was a joke. I don’t actually think he works there. Ask somebody what the term going postal means and it’ll make a lot more sense.

5. And finally, I hate to say this, but the union probably decided to ignore your Father because he’s a public relations nightmare. Even if he’s the nicest guy in the history of history, it’s kind of hard to explain fighting for the rights of a drunk guy waving a gun around at the office. Maybe that doesn’t make what they’re doing right from your perspective, but that’s how the world works. Like it or not, public perception means a lot, and the way that Dad was presented in the media and by you in your comments since you didn’t deny that he did what he did doesn’t paint him in a very good light. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no fan of unions, but I can’t sit here with a straight face and say they’re wrong for not taking his case. the kind of man he is off the clock doesn’t mean a thing to them, and it shouldn’t. What matters is that he was fired for doing something that I hope we would all be fired for. Under those circumstances, it doesn’t make any sort of good sense for them to tarnish their reputation by defending him, which was my point in the original post.

Thanks for writing in, and I really hope you see this some day.

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  1. In reply to the above, the person in question had been persecuted and treated unfairly on an escalating scale, by his employer for at least 20 of the 24 years that he was an employee with the city. Having actually spoken to many of his former co
    workers during and since his
    prosecution, most were
    adamant that, in their
    opinion, he was treated
    unfairly by both his employer and the union, as he had, until then followed proper
    procedures and avenues,
    submitting grievances as to
    his treatment by his
    immediate supervisor.
    A supervisor that was fired
    from a private enterprise for
    unacceptable conduct, and
    hired by the city some 4/5
    years after Mr. Pavlovszky,
    because he had connections
    there.
    All of Mr. Pavlovszky’s efforts
    to be given fair treatment,
    through proper channels,
    were either dismissed,
    ignored or met with
    retaliation by both the city
    management and the
    supervisor.
    He was targeted for bad
    treatment, given the worst and most dangerous
    assignments, ordered to train
    and work with newly hired
    people that had no
    experience or ability as
    support workers on the
    ground, while he was free
    climbing old, unstable and
    diseased trees, as high up as
    120+ feet, during which he
    was being unequitably
    compensated financially, by
    as much as 30% less than
    those same newly hired
    ground workers. He was
    accused of being
    unreasonable in expecting his
    safety, well being and value
    as an employee to be
    considered and was advised
    that if he wasn’t satisfied he
    could find employment
    elsewhere, after 24 years
    invested as a loyal, employee.
    With little in the way of
    recourse and no one willing
    to speak up on his behalf out
    of fear of being persecuted
    as well, including the union,
    he felt backed into a corner
    and resorted to the only
    actions, he felt, were
    available to him, in order to
    have his situation taken
    seriously.
    As is the case with most
    corporations, government and
    enterprises, the PR protocols,
    in such situations, are to
    diminish/ deflect
    responsibility for the
    situation from the employer
    and maximize the
    focus elsewhere. The course
    of action to that end is to
    withhold/ misrepresent or
    “spin” pertinent information
    or comments, and if deemed
    necessary, lie, lie, lie.
    THAT is the way the world works.
    It is on each of us to question EVERYTHING we see in the media, being aware that there is ALWAYS a back story and information that is going unpublicized in order to make one party look good, often at the expense or detriment of the other. It usually comes down to which has the resourses, the most to gain or lose and how blind or gullible the public is.
    Over the course time since all of these events occurred, Mr. Pavlovszky built a thriving
    business as an arbourist and
    tree cutting, taking down hundreds of trees that were
    safety issues because of
    proximity, age, disease, rot,
    or elemental/storm damage.
    Providing a service and often
    working in very bad weather
    and dangerous situations, he
    ensured the safety of the
    citizens of southeastern New
    Brunswick, as well as their
    property.
    On April 10th of this year, at
    the age of 59, while carrying
    out such work, he was
    electrocuted during the
    removal of a tree, in close proximity to high voltage lines, at a private
    home, as it was a safety
    concern to the home owner’s
    family.
    He was and remains loved, respected and sadly missed by his family, friends, employees and the hundreds
    of clients.
    The final news article in the Moncton Times and Transcript depicted him as the truly diverse man that he was, including glowing comments from others in the arbourist industry and only
    touching on the events of his former noteriety.
    A proud sister

    1. Regardless of anything that happened back then, we certainly offer our condolences for your loss and I’m glad you felt able to come here and say your piece.  I’m also happy to hear that he seemed to have largely been able to put a bad situation behind him.  Not everyone can.

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