The International President has thanked IAM members for taking part in the democratic process, when the fact is the election was anything but an exercise in democracy. The IAM does have a great tradition of true union democracy, but this International President has put a stain on its enduring legacy, and he is the last person who should boast of its merits.
This election is nothing less than an example of dictatorship.
Some examples of what International President Martinez considers democracy:
International President Martinez has taken these steps and more to influence the election. To claim that this process was democratic is insane. It was as democratic as an election in Russia. Vladimir Putin is jealous.
Now the International President is telling members to be patient and it will take weeks to learn the results. There is no legitimate need for the process of counting and reconciling ballots to take that long. In the last IAM Executive Council election the process was completed in a single day, and that was when all International Officer positions, plus AFL-CIO Delegates and candidates for the Committee on Law were on the ballot. There is only one position, General Secretary-Treasurer, up for election in this vote. That leaves only nefarious reasons for the delay. The International President’s fear of fair membership voting is obvious by his actions. Union leaders who feel the need to rig the system for their own benefit are not true leaders at all.
Despite all the obstacles that have been put in our way, I am confident that after a true and fair counting of the votes the membership will have rejected the theft and corruption rampant in the GST’s office.