Their latest press release, including the priceless line:
In calling for a fair election, members seek to have the election run by a neutral third party, and ask candidates to sign an agreement not to engage in a fair election.
And of course this is followed by the following allegation:
Since the Executive Board refused to act on the protest and abruptly ended discussion on the topic, it will likely be discussed at a membership meeting.
The irony of course is that it was the AC/USEJ-controlled joint council that did just this immediately before the elections. The newly installed e-board did no such thing, but don’t take our word for it. Sayil Camacho at UCLA filmed the entire thing on behalf of the Admin Caucus. Why don’t they post the video and we can see who’s telling the truth?
Newly-seated Union Officials Refuse to Join in Members’ Call for Fair Elections
Ignore Growing Evidence of Massive Election Irregularities in UAW 2865 Elections
May 15, 2011
(LOS ANGELES)—In its first meeting as the new Executive Board of UAW Local 2865, the leaders of Academic Workers for a Democratic Union unanimously rejected members’ call for a fair election despite massive irregularities raised by all parties in the aftermath of the Union’s recent elections.
A group of UAW Local 2865 members, many of whom won their races, filed a formal protest of the election with the Executive Board on Sunday, in conformance with procedures under the UAW Constitution and Local 2865 bylaws. The protest includes 41 specific challenges to the integrity of the election.
“Justice for workers in higher education requires fair union elections,” said Filiberto Nolasco Gomez, a teaching assistant who won his race for campus chair at UC Santa Barbara. “If we as a union are to fight effectively against UC budget cuts and fee hikes, our members must have confidence that their leaders were chosen through a fair election. We asked the Executive Board to join in our protest and call for a fair election, and they refused to take a position.”
UAW 2865, which represents 12,000 ASEs at the University of California, held triennial officer elections on April 26 -28. The elections were hotly contested, and allegations of irregularities and improprieties were raised by all sides in the election. All of the newly seated Executive Board members are affiliated with “Academic Workers for a Democratic Union” (AWDU).
“This group (AWDU) claimed throughout the campaign that they stand for democracy, fairness and transparency,” adds John Gust, the newly elected campus chair at UC Riverside. “Their refusal to join us in calling for a fair election is the height of hypocrisy, especially after the widespread deception, intimidation, and egregious irregularities of this election.”
“The list of irregularities is so long that it’s impossible to ignore; members’ valid concerns must not be ignored.” states Xochitl Lopez, a successful Head Steward candidate at UC Davis.
Highlights of the protest letter include:
- The ballots remained in the sole possession of AWDU candidates for three days after the Election Committee postponed its counting process on April 30 [It was more like six days, and the ballots were never in the sole possession of either party. After AC/USEJ unilaterally suspended the counting, AWDU locked the ballots in a room, locking themselves out. To verify this, a webcam trained on the ballot boxes was livestreaming the entire time.]
- A photo of a poll worker with his hand in an open ballot box during voting hours [Shameless. We can’t believe they aren’t mortified now that the photo has been demonstrated to have been taken in the morning before the polls even opened. The worker in question is setting up the ballot box as any poll attendant is wont to do just before voting begins.]
- Written evidence that UC Santa Cruz Election Committee member Adam Hefty colluded with AWDU candidates to attempt to disqualify opposing candidates, a violation of his mandate for impartiality [Sayil Camacho is not a grad student. She never has been. Adam pointed this out. It violates the bylaws. Case closed. Doing the opposite would violate said mandate for impartiality, no?]
- Cancellation of voting times and locations without notifying the membership [If they’re talking about the single day voting was cancelled at Albany Village at UCB, the membership was notified. We personally received the email.]
The letter can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here: http://www.uniteduc.org/home/acallforfairelections
In calling for a fair election, members seek to have the election run by a neutral third party, and ask candidates to sign an agreement not to engage in a fair election. Since the Executive Board refused to act on the protest and abruptly ended discussion on the topic, it will likely be discussed at a membership meeting.