Union election queered by UAW

Techniques predetermine voting results

Members of UAW Local 551 will vote for new officers Tuesday in an election being overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. The local, which represents hourly workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, is having the off-schedule local election because a prior vote in June 2007 was nullified following complaints some of the local's retirees had not been property notified of the election.

Retirees of the local may vote for all the organization's officers, except the members of the bargaining committee.

On March 17, the local and the Department of Labor reached a voluntary compliance agreement that set up the new election. Local officials said they agreed to conduct a new election rather than spend money challenging the complaint.

"The election was not overturned," Local 551 President Charlene Davis has said. "They (Department of Labor) showed me some retirees weren't contacted, so I told them we can do a new election. We entered into a settlement agreement."

Davis didn't return calls for comment Thursday.

The Department of Labor supervised the nominating process for the new election and will supervise the election of the local's president, vice president, financial and recording secretaries, three trustees, guide, sergeant-at-arms and unit chair, according to a letter the department sent to nominees.

The election will be conducted from 12:01 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the UAW Local 551 union hall, 13550 S. Torrence Ave. If no candidate for an office receives a majority of the votes for that office, a run-off election will be conducted from 12:01 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 17 at the hall.

Ryan Rettig, the current acting unit chairman, and Seyborn Billings and Carlos Lara are competing for the chairman's office. Rettig was appointed to the position by the Local 551 board when Anthony Tallarita vacated the position in August when he took a job with the UAW International.

Davis, Bill Zandy and Carlo Bishop are running for the position of Local 551 president, while Tony Garcia, Lance Williams and Sylvia Blanco are seeking the vice president's post.

Star Jones, Angela Delaney and Mindy Capp are running for recording secretary. Dave Schoenecker and Cheryl White are competing for financial secretary. James Jones, Rodney Joseph, Gary Calcaterra and Frank Williams are running for guide.

Dino Salas and Frank Rincon are seeking the sergeant-at-arms post. The six candidates seeking the three trustee spots are Steve Roman, Trace Williams, Torrie Peoples, Pat Walsh, Laverne Simms and Sue Shelton.



Anonymous said...

Nothing makes you sound really, really old (and bitter) like the use of the term "queered" which hasn't been considered acceptable in polite conversation for quite some time.

Maybe you would like to replace it with the word "jewed" instead?

Anonymous said...

I disagree with this comment. I couldn't find the word "jewed" in my dictionary. However, "queered" is there, including a note about acceptable usage. There seems to be no question about its correct usage here, which has nothing to do with sexuality or sexual orientation.

queer |kwi(ə)r|
1 strange; odd : she had a queer feeling that they were being watched.
• [ predic. ] dated slightly ill.
2 informal usually offensive (esp. of a man) homosexual.
noun informal usually offensive
a homosexual man.
verb [ trans. ] informal
spoil or ruin (an agreement, event, or situation) : Reg didn't want someone meddling and queering the deal at the last minute.
queerish |ˈkwirɪʃ| adjective
queerly |ˈkwirli| adverb
queerness |ˈkwirnəs| noun
ORIGIN early 16th cent.: considered to be from German quer ‘oblique, perverse,’ but the origin is doubtful.
USAGE The word queer was first used to mean ‘homosexual’ in the early 20th century: it was originally, and often still is, a deliberately offensive and aggressive term when used by heterosexual people. In recent years, however, many gay people have taken the word queer and deliberately used it in place of gay or homosexual, in an attempt, by using the word positively, to deprive it of its negative power. This use of queer is now well established and widely used among gay people (esp. as an adjective or noun modifier, as in : queer rights;: queer theory) and at present exists alongside the other, deliberately offensive, use. The words fag and faggot are occasionally used in the same way. This use is similar to the way in which a racial epithet may be used : within a racial group, but not by outsiders. See also usage at nigger .

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