As Workers Celebrate May Day, Union Officials Attempt to Steal Internal Leadership Election

2 May


As Workers Celebrate May Day, Union Officials Attempt to Steal
Internal Leadership Election

Grad Union Reformers Call on UAW 2865 to Count Every Vote in Union
Leadership Election

The UAW 2865 internal union Elections Committee has been conducting a
vote count since Friday, April 29th for a contentious election for the
Local’s top elected leadership. As the count proceeded, it appeared
possible that a slate of reformers, Academic Workers for a Democratic
Union ( would win the election. Then, at 8 pm Saturday,
April 30, the incumbent- controlled Election Committee abruptly
decided to terminate the vote count, leaving 1500 ballots uncounted —
nearly half the ballots cast.

In a blatant effort to hold on to the power and privileges of their
high paying positions, paid union official Daraka Larimore-Hall and
his incumbent slate have tried to spin this egregious violation of UAW
election procedures. Many of the incumbent candidates are not
graduate students, including three of the incumbent candidates for top
officer positions. With the vote count, together these candidates
stand to lose the hundreds of thousands of dollars in income and
benefits they give themselves annually with graduate students’ dues

Cheryl Deutsch, AWDU candidate for President, said, “We won’t know if
AWDU won the election until all the votes are counted, but it’s hard
to understand why else the current union administration would abandon
the vote count without having counted nearly half the ballots cast in
the election.”

All but three of the Elections Committee members abandoned all of the
election materials in the union’s LA conference room, including boxes
of more than 1500 uncounted ballots from UCLA and Berkeley union

A group of more than 20 UAW 2865 member reformers and three Elections
Committee members still present left all materials in the conference
room exactly as they were when the Elections Committee abandoned the
vote count. The group then locked the conference room to preserve the
integrity of the ballots, after photographing and videotaping the room
and its contents in detail. UAW 2865 members remain at the LA office
to monitor the ballots and ensure they are not tampered with until
they can be counted.

AWDU has demanded that our UAW 2865 Elections Committee count every
vote and have called on Mr. Larimore Hall and all candidates on his
slate to join us in our demand.


Academic Workers for a Democratic Union was formed by graduate
students who had been actively organizing against the implementation
of budget cuts in the UC since summer 2009. We felt it inexcusable
that our union was not at the forefront of this fight for public
education–everywhere grad students were self-organizing, working with
undergraduates and other workers in the UC, but without the benefit of
support from our union.

For background on the election, and what’s at stake, please see the
following links:

Read more about AWDU here:


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