Amy Weltlich

Illinois Court Allows Boss' Self-Serving Interpretation of Bylaws to Stand

The Second District of the Appellate Court of Illinois ruled May 3 that a temporary special dues assessment levied by United Food & Commercial Workers Int'l Union Local 881 to pay picketers at nonunion grocery stores was in compliance with local union's bylaws. The court rejected a challenge by union members Mitchell Diamond and Amy Weltlich, who maintained that the bylaws required a majority of the 35,000 local members to approve the assessment. Instead, the court held that Local 881 president Ronald E. Powell's self-serving "interpretation" of the rules as requiring only a majority of those members who actually voted, was reasonable, and consequently, decisive.

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