I would like to sincerely thank every IAM Member who participated yesterday for voting at their local lodge. While we are a long way away from knowing the final outcome of the election, my campaign is very encouraged by yesterday’s results.
The Transportation Department’s turnout was truly amazing with over 2,000 members turning out to vote in person, in spite of threats and intimidation by a Special Representative of the International President and certain Grand Lodge Auditors directed by the General Secretary Treasurer. Even better was our margin of victory, which unofficially stands at over 75%. This is a resounding first step to victory for our campaign.
I have requested and am awaiting the results from the Eastern, Southern, Midwest, Western and Canadian Territories’ in person voting results and will report them to you if and when I receive them. Unfortunately, however, I am not hopeful that the GST Cervantes will provide those results even though she has complete access to them. Hopefully, she will be transparent with IAM Members and provide that information. I will update you as the week progresses.
We have been made aware that locals across the Machinists Union have voted to restore integrity to the GST’s Office. For example, Local Lodge 1943 in the Eastern Territory, which represents workers at AK Steel and Local Lodge 2249 in the Southern Territory voted for change.
Again, a BIG THANK YOU to IAM Members from Puerto Rico, to Canada to Guam for participating in the jewel of the IAM: its Democracy.