The APWU will conduct new elections for two National Business Agent (NBA) positions to resolve an investigation by the Department of Labor, union President William Burrus has announced. The two elections to be re-run are the Clerk NBA “A” race in the Dallas Region and the Motor Vehicle Services NBA election in the Southwest Sub-Region. The races were initially contested in 2007, as part of the election of more than 80 national officers.
The new election in the MVS race will be conducted prior to Oct. 5, 2008. New nominations will be held for the clerk position, and balloting will take place prior to Nov. 30. Union members will be notified when a schedule has been finalized.
The elections will be conducted under the supervision of the Department of Labor, in accordance with Title IV of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. President Burrus has appointed Tony Turner to serve as the APWU Election Committee chairperson.
The Department of Labor sought a new election in the Clerk NBA race because of concerns about local endorsements in that contest. The losing candidate is no longer eligible to run for office, so new nominations will be held.
The new election in the Motor Vehicle race is necessary because some eligible voters initially received the wrong ballots. Although corrected ballots were mailed to all affected voters, some did not cast new ballots.
“We will do everything we can to protect the integrity of our election process,” Burrus said. “The direct election of officers is a hallmark of our union’s democracy, and we will take all necessary steps to ensure that our elections are conducted properly.”