Fri, Aug 26, 2011
Claims Machinists Used Intimidation, Deceptive Tracking
Practice To Influence Outcome
The Teamsters have filed objections to the recent
Continental-United fleet service elections with the National
Mediation Board, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
announced Wednesday. The objections come on the heels of a vote
count between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
over representation of the fleet service work group at the newly
merged United and Continental Airlines.
"These objections raise serious and substantive issues about the
fairness of the election," Hoffa said. "Real questions have been
raised about the integrity of the voting process by the events that
took place. Fleet service workers at the new United deserve a fair,
clean voting process."
The Teamsters allege abusive and illegal conduct by the IAM,
including the allegation that the IAM improperly used deceptive
practices to hide a hyperlink in its communications that enabled
the association to track who voted and when. In addition, the
Teamsters assert that the IAM ran an election based on goon squad
tactics, harassment and intimidation.
"These allegations took place within the context of a very close
election. If the IAM had received 11 fewer votes, the NMB would
have required the election to be re-run," said Capt. David Bourne,
Director of the Teamsters Airline Division.
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