Clarifying the IATSE issue

Letter to the Editor

We would like to clarify a few questions that may have been raised by your June 13 article, “Feds tell IATSE to redo election.”

After a review of selective information submitted by an also-ran candidate, the Dept. of Labor instructed Local 871 to rerun the December 2006 election or face an expensive battle in Federal Court. The DOL disregarded the Local’s constitution and bylaws, citing redundant policies.

Local 871 only agreed to this rerun to avoid a costly lawsuit, while admitting no wrongdoing.

Lainie Miller and Pamela Alch did not use union funds for campaigning. The pamphlet identified as “Members of Local 871 — let’s vote for the right candidate” was mailed by Lainie Miller procedurally consistent with the Local’s bylaws and DOL’s “Conducting Local Union Officer Elections” and was paid for by several members.

After being reassured that a web page was being created by Local 871 for all candidates to air their views, Pamela Alch posted a rebuttal campaign letter on the Local’s website. Cassandra Barrere made an allowable additional statement to better reflect the voluminous work she’d done for the Local. Though the DOL declared that her statements exceeded the “50 word” limit for campaign statements, the real problem was that Barrere’s comments were inadvertently posted on an incorrect web page by the Local’s webmaster.

Pamela Alch
Cassandra Barrere
Lainie Miller

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