Wednesday, February 22, 2006

AFT defending WTU vote

The Washington Teachers' Union's most recent election that has come under fire from the Department of Labor is being defended by the union's parent organization, the American Federation of Teachers.
George Springer, the AFT administrator who oversaw the voting, said officials made "an extensive effort" to reach the union's 4,500 members, which resulted in high turnout.

However, the U.S. Department of Labor last week filed a lawsuit against the Washington Teachers Union in federal court in the District. The suit, which seeks to force the union to hold new elections, said some teachers never received ballots and others who were ineligible voted.

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The AFT yesterday called the problems "technical statutory violations."

However, teacher Elizabeth Davis, one of four union members who filed complaints about election irregularities, yesterday said she and others tried to tell the AFT there were "serious problems" with the membership list used to inform members about the elections.
UPDATE: The Post has more.

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