To be crystal clear, I am running for the position of General Secretary Treasurer (GST) of the IAM and I will win. Dora Cervantes knows this and now she has resorted to desperate and despicable behavior. Unfortunately, I am not surprised by her actions since the IAM yesterday admitted to an ongoing Department of Labor criminal investigation surrounding her and her sister. As well as those GVP’s who neglected to uphold their oath of office. Cervantes clearly allowed her own local to be defrauded.
It has come to my campaign’s attention that at Dora’s direction, that an Education Representative from the Winpisinger Center is claiming that I will not continue my candidacy for GST. This individual being directed by Dora is contacting IAM members is telling them I will drop out of the race in a sad attempt to reduce participation in democratic process. Dora knows that the more people who vote, she will lose. The only place I will be going in the near future is 9000 Machinists Place to restore integrity to the GST’s office.
This kind of dishonest, abhorrent behavior is the very reason why we need change.
Where is our leadership? Why are they allowing an appointed paid staff member to lie to IAM members and interfere with the IAM’s electoral process? Where is their integrity? Where is General Vice President Brian Bryant’s honor, since W3 Education Representatives come under his direct supervision?
I would also like to ensure my supporters that we have proof of this interference and we will notify the Department of Labor regarding these violations of federal law. It is sickening that the Cervantes campaign has resorted to illegal and immoral tactics because she knows full well she cannot win fair and square.
I promise that I will never defraud this Union out of anything whatsoever, or allow it to be defrauded, if within my power to prevent it. To all of this, I most solemnly pledge my sacred word of honor.
My campaign for GST will not stop until we win on April 24, 2021 and integrity is restored to the IAM GST’s office.