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Local 600 Gets Off With A Slap On The Wrist

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

written by Kristen Glover


Yes, this was BIG NEWS to me – when I spoke with the federal Department of Labor (DOL) attorneys on February 8th 2011. Apparently, the Local 600 Election Committee under the guidance of Local 600’s attorney David Adelstein, the Local 600 Officers, the National Executive Director (NED), and International President Matt Loeb, neglected to note or find out that enforcing the newly adopted rule (adopted to our Constitution and By Laws in the fall of 2009) retroactively was forbidden by LMRDA laws governing union elections.

I find this news quite shocking. I protested the ruling as unfair in its face, as it disproportionately discriminates against women, minorities, and older members – but was unaware that Local 600 had pulled a fast one by choosing to enforce it retroactively. It’s a ruling that requires 3 years qualification time – and it was created in 2009 and then enforced in February of 2010 – thus working backwards to Feb of 2007 – thus creating the illegal retroactive enforcement.         

If you or any of your friends were disqualified due to this rule or chose
not to run because of the rule, it’s too late to protest – since the DOL has found that, in their opinion, the illegal retroactive enforcement did not affect the larger outcome of the election.

They’ve decided it only affected two people who ran for the board representing Directors of Photography in the Western Region – and the DOL will be requesting that Local 600 rerun the election just for one seat. WOW – so even though the Election Committee, the NED, the Officers, and International President Matt Loeb, and David Adelstein were negligent in their duties and responsibilities to the union membership, the union is getting off with barely a slap on the wrist.

I am extremely disappointed with the DOL’s actions. My decision to protest the election was a serious one, not for the purpose of making trouble, but for the purpose of protecting the rights of the members – the rank and file – to participate in the governance of their own union.

Kristin Glover

National Executive Board, Western Region Operator

IATSE Convention Delegate

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