Sylvain,

I have to answer to your email where you’re especially lying.
You say that you’re writing on behalf of a union section of the employees of 
Wikimedia France but I’m personally curious to know the weight of this union 
section. My question is actually: who else is represented by your email, if not 
yourself?

Moreover, you’re saying that you received a « warning » (?) because you had a 
girlfriend. Is it serious?
Your employer asked you to distinguish professional time and personal time. 
Indeed, you were reminded that you had to dedicate your work hours to the 
missions that were devoted to you and not to solve problems related to your 
personal life, especially if it interferes with organization’s activities and 
governance. It is also you who came, on your own, to tell us about the 
complexity of your personal and relationship situation in order to benefit of 
professional arrangements. The direction never looked for, nor asked, any 
information on this subject.

You’re mentioning the cancellation of the letter. Since, to my knowledge, no 
sanction has been filed to your HR record, I do not really see what have been 
canceled.
I can understand that supporting your new board of trustees, involved in the 
governance issues and in the criminal complaints filed is critical to show your 
loyalty.

Do you know how impatient am I to discover your next fable? I guess the only 
one never mentioned yet is maybe about a murder or something (although a 
streetfight scenario has already been invented x’D).

I think it was important to re-explain all those points so that the community, 
which is - again - unnecessarily taken as witness, is not deceived by a 
scenario built from scratch.
Again, to discredit the movement by such erroneous but public accusations still 
shows that only personal interests and vainness matter in this conflict with 
some people.

For months, several lies have been told by different people. Because the 
Wikimedia community protect itself and its members by harassing and defaming 
people who question the probity and integrity of some of its members doesn’t 
make of this lies the truth.

Best regards to all of you,
--
Emeric Vallespi

> On 22 Nov 2017, at 13:37, Sylvain Boissel <sylvain.bois...@wikimedia.fr> 
> wrote:
> 
> Hi Katherine,
> 
> 2017-10-19 23:19 GMT+02:00 Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>:
> 
>> [...]
> 
>> We are committed to working with the new Wikimédia France conseil
>> d’administration (governing board) to support the French community as they
>> work to address and resolve these and other outstanding issues. The
>> Wikimedia Foundation and the new leadership of Wikimédia France are already
>> cooperating to address the governance-related concerns raised by the
>> volunteer Funds Dissemination Committee in the first half of 2017. As part
>> of this work, we have encouraged them to review how they will independently
>> handle claims of harassment in the future. The Wikimedia Foundation and
>> Wikimédia France share a common goal: a healthy, welcoming, respectful,
>> inclusive Wikimedia community in France.
>> 
>> I know I am not alone in my dismay for how these events have unfolded. Many
>> dedicated, good-faith members of the French community, including current
>> community members and present and former Wikimédia France board and staff
>> members, have experienced distress and anxiety over recent months. Those
>> outside of the community have watched with dismay as our peers and friends
>> have found themselves disoriented, distressed, alienated, or at odds with
>> one another. And yet we also know that many in France now feel a renewed
>> sense of purpose for building the healthy and welcoming community we all
>> desire.
> 
> As the representative of the local branch of the labor union
> ASSO-Solidaires at Wikimédia France, I wanted to thank you and the WMF
> staff members who took part in the site visit in Paris in July  (namely
> Katy Love, Winifred Olliff, Stephen Laporte and James Baldwin) for hearing
> the distress of the staff members at a time when Wikimédia France's board
> plainly refused to discuss with the staff.
> 
> I also wanted to confirm that things are getting better with the new board
> elected in September.
> 
> I cannot speak about what my coworkers went through without asking them
> first, but I can share an example from my own story: in February, I was
> issued a « rappel à l'ordre » (warning) by the former direction and
> board, accusing
> me of disloyalty to the chapter because I had a girlfriend. It was
> cancelled this month by the new board, and this is a huge relief to me.
> 
> Best regards,
> Sylvain.
> 
> -- 
> *Sylvain Boissel*
> Délégué du personnel et Responsable de la section syndicale ASSO-Solidaires
> *WIKIMÉDIA FRANCE*
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