To The Members Of Local 600

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

written by Haskell Wexler

I was nominated for various offices at the recent Local 600 election.  I accepted the NEB nomination.

Weeks later, an election committee ruled me ineligible.  Reason given: Haskell is not “Working in the Trade.”

I believe the rule as applied is unfair, illegal and discriminatory, not only to me but to many other members.  My union remedies were exhausted when President Loeb chose not to exercise his waiver.

Now my case, along with others, is part of legal dealings between Department of Labor lawyers and Adelstein.  You can read my full correspondence with President Loeb, as well as my letter of protest to the Department of Labor.     

Established Department of Labor law (29 CFR 452.35) says:

It is recognized that labor organizations may have a legitimate institutional interest in prescribing minimum standards for candidacy and office holding in the organization.
On the other hand, a dominant purpose of the Act is to ensure the right of members to participate fully in governing their union and to make its officers responsive to the members.

The Working in the Trade regulation as administered by President Steven Poster is overtly contrary to the law– to democratic election procedures.  Indeed, this has always been his intent in supporting this regulation– of this he has made no secret.  In the minutes from the Convention at which it was passed, Poster promotes the rule as a good way to control and marginalize members.

Haskell Wexler

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