Former Vice-President Jonathan Smith Ousts 3-term President Clarice Torrence
Here is the press release from the United for Change Slate:
Besieged Postal Workers Pick New Union President.
Jonathan Smith Defeats 3-Term Incumbent.
United For Change Slate Sweeps APWU NY Metro Area Election
April 26, 2012 Postal clerks, motor vehicle operators, and maintenance workers in Manhattan, the Bronx, and two processing facilities in New Jersey have overwhelmingly elected Jonathan Smith and the United For Change Slate in a hotly contested election.
Clarice Torrence, three-term incumbent was ousted in a strong rebuke by the membership of the New York Metro local, the largest in the American Postal Workers Union. Torrence who had won three previous elections by small margins, was defeated by Jonathan Smith and his slate.
Jonathan Smith received 51.9% of the vote; Clarice Torrence running on the Power to the Workers Slate, 30%; Bruce Webster of the Voice of the Members Slate, 16.68%; and Betty Reid running as an independent presidential candidate, 1.3%. Jonathan Smith; Tiffany Foster; Daniel Zachman, Jr.; Sharon Tyrrell; and Kevin Walsh have been elected New York Metro Area Postal Union full-time officers. The induction of the new officers will take place at the general membership meeting on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.