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Lorain, Steubenville union elections challenged by DOL

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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 for leadership positions.

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.

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