My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: TX
I was fired without just cause in violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Recorded the whole thing. Was told I was being laid off (without the required one week notice) even though I had more seniority than many other employees. Nowhere on the recording do you hear the words 'terminated', 'disciplinary action', 'write up' or fired. I was not provide with a reason in writing as required by the CBA. After I left he put stop payment on my checks and said I was fired for changing the passwords on my email acct. My Union Local was run by buffoons who were absolutely helpless because there was no money in the treasury for arbitration, they even refused to meet with me to listen to the recording. He sued me for making disparaging comments in an internet forum so I countersued with wrongful term, tortious interference of a business relationship for the letter he sent to a competitor I was going to go to work for, emotional distress etc. With no job or resources I had to do this in Pro Se. I followed their lead during discovery and provided a copy of the recording and letter. 18 months go by and we're put on the dismissal docket for inactivity. I show up and get a trial date set. They set a 'no evidence summary judgment hearing' and my concern is I will commit a procedural error in getting my recording admitted in evidence. I assume I can not just show the judge my recording device and say I have all the evidence I need right here - or can I? Do I need to give them copies on a flash drive? Will there be an audio system I can plug into my laptop and pay the recording for the court? Can I start and stop while it is playing to point out his lies? This is crucial and I missed the episode on Boston Legal that covered this (humor). What else could I possibly be missing that I will need to do? Any help about this would be greatly appreciated.