By now, you have likely heard a lot of talk about the “UAW Monitor” and “one member, one vote”. To make a long story short, I thought I would give a bit of information that might clear up some questions.
Every member in good standing, and that has a valid, updated address with their local union, will receive a ballot in the mail. You will vote for the candidate(s) that you would like to see on the International Executive Board. That will include: President, 3 Vice Presidents, Secretary Treasurer and the Regional Director (of which you belong to)
How did we get here? On May 12, 2021, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan appointed Neil M Barofsky of Jenner & Block LLP as the independent Monitor of the UAW, pursuant to the Consent Decree entered into by the US and the UAW in US v. IUAW, No.20-cv-13293 (E.D. Mich.).
The Consent Decree required the UAW to hold a secret ballot Referendum. UAW members voted on whether to keep the current method for electing members to the International Executive Board (IEB), or whether the method should be changed to a direct election where each UAW member would directly elect the members of the IEB. The count after the vote was 63.7% voted for the direct voting system and 36.3% voted for the delegate voting system. The membership always has the final say, and the majority voted to have a direct voting system.
The UAW Monitor is now tasked with administering and overseeing union-wide secret ballot referendum. This means that ALL UAW members, in good standing as of 10/31/2022 will be eligible to vote in the UAW International Executive Board elections. If you are not a member in good standing and wish to be, call your local union hall.
The UAW Monitor is independent of, and does not represent the UAW or any of its constituent entities. The Monitor only reports to the district court. The UAW Monitor’s authority and duties are established by, and set forth in, the Consent Decree. The UAW Monitor has their own website that describes their duties. www.uawmonitor.com.
You can also find 94 pages of election rules at the Monitor’s website. Also included on the Monitor’s website are all forms for the 2022 Election, FAQs, answers and information regarding a session on campaign finance rules.
Here are important dates to remember:
- September 2022: 2022 UAW International Officer Election Candidate Forum(s) to be held.
- October 17, 2022: First formal mail distribution of mail-in ballots distributed to the electorate.
- October 24, 2022: Second formal mail distribution of mail-in ballots distributed to additional voters.
- October 31, 2022, at 5pm ET: Deadline by which members MUST be in good standing in order to have their vote counted in the Election.
- November 11, 2022: Final date replacement ballots can be requested from the Election Vendor.
- November 18, 2022: Last day by which members should place their ballots in the mail to best ensure receipt by November 28, 2022 deadline.
- November 28, 2022: DEADLINE for all return ballots to be received by the designated U.S. Post Office or Postal Facility.
- November 29, 2022, at 9am ET: Tabulation of votes begins.
- December 2022: All official victors of International Officer races will be sworn-in.
If you have further questions, please direct all inquiries to UAWMonitor-Election@jenner.com or call 212-303-252. Per the UAW Monitor, I am not allowed to discuss the candidates as an officer of UAW Local 652, but if you want to have that conversation, I am more than willing to talk about it after hours. Solidarity!