U.S. Labor Department Sues to Overturn Local 41 Election

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has gone into federal court to overturn the Kansas City Local 41 election held last November, and have the DOL conduct a rerun. 

DOL_thumb.jpgThe DOL complaint charges that numerous members were denied the right to vote due to an improper printing of the return ballot envelopes; hundreds of ballots were returned back to members. Additionally, Local 41 allowed a post on the union’s closed Facebook page supporting the incumbents, but when a candidate for secretary treasurer, Richard Hall, submitted a rebuttal post, they refused to post it.

Both challengers for President, George Gardner and Keith LaCroix, filed post-election protests with Joint Council 56 last November, and they were denied. Both then filed a complaint with the DOL, which investigated and in May the DOL sued demanding a rerun.

If the Local Union doesn’t agree to a rerun, then a federal trial will be held. A rerun election conducted by the DOL is very likely, but it could be delayed by the trial schedule.

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