Federal Complaint Filed to Overturn Election
ELECTION PROTEST FILED WITH UNION ELECTION OFFICIALS, JULY 27, 2009
Full text of Reform221 election protest
PROTEST OFFICER RULES AGAINST ALL 14 CHARGES, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
See the ruling at http://www.unionbook.org/pg/pages/view/18427/
APPEAL FILED TO SEIU PRESIDENT, ANDY STERN, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
Full text of the appeal and related documents are at http://www.unionbook.org/pg/pages/view/18649/
COMPLAINT FILED WITH U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, NOVEMBER 16, 2009
With no action on our appeal by the SEIU President Stern, Reform221 took our legal challenge to the federal government.
See at http://www.unionbook.org/pg/pages/view/19690/
FORMAL ELECTION PROTEST FILED
The ballots for the election were counted on Tuesday night, July 21. Official results: all 11 Reform221 candidates lost. The incumbents won. Only 750 ballots were cast, out of more than 7,600 eligible members.
But wait! Reform221 has learned that more than 1200 members did not receive a mail ballot! Employees of the union and other election officials violated legally required neutrality. Many other "irregularities" have been uncovered.
Reform221 has filed a formal protest of the election and a demand for a new election. We expect no satisfaction from the internal SEIU protest review. We are prepared to take the case to the federal Department of Labor. That process often takes 3 or 4 months, just to meet requirements for filing the case with the government. However, it is possible to get a new election ordered by the government, and under the supervision of the Secretary of Labor.
Local 221 handles more than $7 million of our union dues each year. We cannot allow control of this union to be decided by any election that is "dirty".
The full text of the protest can be viewed at http://www.unionbook.org/pg/pages/view/16622/
The supporting evidence and documents can be viewed at http://www.unionbook.org/pg/file/group:16610
Reform221 is asking members and friends of SEIU Local 221 who may have additional evidence relating to the issues raised in the protest to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 858-373-7018. You can also post comments about all this at http://www.unionbook.org/pg/groups/16610/reform221/
For further information about the federal law concerning union elections, see the Department of Labor website at http://www.dol.gov/esa/olms/regs/compliance/compllmrda.htm
See also at the Association for Union Democracy at http://www.uniondemocracy.org/Legal/lmrda.htm#elections
The official Local 221 election information is at http://www.seiu221.org/Presidential___Executive_Board_Election_Results.aspx
Monty Kroopkin for President
Diane Sabeghi for Vice President
John Rochfort for Secretary
Robert Larsen for Treasurer
Rose Marie Peralta for the executive board Schools seat
Cornelius Hill for an executive board County seat
Renée Keester-Wellman for an executive board County seat
Linda Johanesen for an executive board County seat
Dawnetta Meshack for an executive board County seat
Sandra Guerra for Chair, Social & Economic Justice Committee
Denise Knobloch for Chair, Member Organizer Committee
see the 2009 candidate statements, below.
To see our Reform221 Platform, go to our new 2010 campaign website at www.reform22.com and click on "What We Stand For"