Monday, February 27, 2006

AFT: Election complaints without merit

In response to complaints by four members over last year's Washington Teachers' Union elections WTU parent organization American Federation of Teachers refused to further investigate claiming that the complaints "failed to meet their burden of proof" that would require a deeper inquiry. This is in stark contrast with the conclusions of the Labor Department, who found irregularities that may have decided the outcome of the vote.
George Springer, the AFT administrator who ran the local union after the Bullock episode, told teachers in a letter Thursday that the Labor Department had found "procedural shortcomings in the election, a conclusion with which we disagree."

The letter said the AFT reviewed the election challenges last year but ultimately decided that the complaints "failed to meet their burden of proof."

The local union found the complaints "without merit," Mr. Springer wrote.

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