Tainted New York Election Overturned

U.S. Dist. Judge Constance B. Motley held Dec. 31 that the N.Y. Metro Area Postal Union, a local of the Am. Postal Workers Union, violated election rules of the Labor-Management Reporting & Disclosure Act by “unreasonably” disqualifying seven “dissident” candidates for failing to file required information by an “unnecessarily strict and undisclosed deadline.” The local’s Jan. 1997 newsletter announced the nomination and election dates but failed to mention candidate and election requirements. At the nomination meeting, 32 members of the incumbent bosses’ slate and seven members of a dissident slate were nominated. None of the dissident candidates were informed of the candidate filing requirements. Before the elections, the incumbents’ slate challenged the dissident nominees for failing to submit the required information to the union. The union election committee disqualified all dissident nominees. The court voided the Mar. 3, 1997 election and ordered a rerun under the U.S. Dep’t of Labor’s supervision. [BNA 1/4/99]