Cedric Rouland

Ohio Local Settles DOL Suit with New Election

Int'l Union of Electronic Workers Local 801 in Moraine, Ohio, has agreed to hold a new election for officers under the supervision of the Dep't of Labor in Nov. The agreement, approved Jan. 23 by U.S. Dist. Chief Judge Walter H. Rice, was reached in a lawsuit filed by DOL in Sept. 1999 accusing Local 801 of using money to promote a slate of candidates headed by Bob Sparks, Local 801's president. Sparks said he was not the president at the time of the election and had nothing to do with handbills distributed at the time. At the time of the election, Local 801 was in trusteeship, after the IUE's int'l bosses split the local and created Local 798 at after several months of turmoil. Rice's court will retain jurisdiction until the DOL certifies the election was held in accordance with the union's constitution and federal labor law. [Dayton Daily News 1/24/01]

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