Sisters and Brothers, I have summarized the nomination and election process as best I could below, please advise of any questions or concerns you may have with my version although I believe it is quite accurate.
Lastly, the DOL had initially sought that Notice be provided to all members by mail no later than November 22, 2013. Par the course, our IP through legal arguments and subterfuge sought to and successfully delayed the sending of notice to December 11, 2013, at this point I have no way to confirm, nor deny, that it has been sent, we should all know in a day or two.
On August 15, 2013, International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger, in an unprecedented and historically shameful submission of authority, entered into a “Voluntary Compliance Agreement” with the U. S. Department of Labor. This action is quite comparable to taking a plea deal in a court of law. Doing so allows the perpetrator, Buffenbarger, to avoid the prospect of a Federal Judge vacating the sham Nomination and Election procedure of 2013, and with it a judicial ruling to overturn the illegitimate election results that followed, in exchange for an agreement to undue the wrongs by holding a “new” nomination and election process. Furthermore, under the terms of the “Voluntary Compliance Agreement, the IP waives the authority vested in him, per the IAM Constitution, and in its place allows the Department of Labor to set and approve the terms of both the Nomination procedure and ultimately the general election, which, in this case should follow in April.
The Nomination Election process as mandated by the DOL will be as follows:
On January 25th, every IAM Local Lodge will hold “special” nomination meetings. These meetings will be open 6:00a, to 8:00am and again at 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The purpose of these “special” meetings is to accept nominations only, no other business will come before the lodge. No quorum is required, no second to a nomination needed. Any member in good standing may submit nominations for any candidate(s) of their choice. Those nominating will need only the nominee(s) name, position they are seeking, card/book #, and their local lodge #.
In local lodges where more than the required number of candidates are nominated, “special” endorsement meetings will be held on February 8, 2014. Once again, these “endorsement” meetings will be open from 6:00am to 8:00am and again from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and only for the purpose of conducting a secret ballot vote of all eligible members to determine who the “endorsed” nominee(s) of the lodge will be. The candidates with the highest plurality of votes will be the endorsed nominee of the local.
All candidates for Executive Council positions must receive the nomination/endorsement of a minimum of 25 local lodges in order to appear on the ballot for the general election to be held in April of 2014.My reference to April is per the IAM Constitution, please keep in mind the DOL has the authority to change that date and the method of voting (unlikely though possible) per the waiver of authority contained in the “Voluntary Compliance Agreement” entered into by IP Buffenbarger.
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