The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has sued two United Steelworkers of America locals in Ohio over alleged union election irregularities. The DOL wants both April 2012 elections nullified, claiming the United Steelworkers illegally used unreasonable meeting-attendance standards to disqualify candidates forpositions.
At United Steelworkers Local 1104 in Lorain, strict attendance requirements disqualified 95% of the union’s members from serving as president, vice president, financial secretary, recording secretary, treasurer, trustee, guide, inside guard and outside guard. As a result, most union officials ran for office unopposed.
A similar requirement at Local 1190 in Steubenville required candidates to have attended at least one-third of the union’s previous meetings. That effectively disqualified 96% of membership, according to the DOL’s lawsuit.
The lawsuit asks a federal court to toss out the results of both elections and schedule a new round of balloting.