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Car Workers Likely to Approve Direct Leadership Elections | National News

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Detroit (AP) — Members of the United Auto Workers seem to approve the selection of leaders in direct elections.

72% of the votes are counted, nearly 63% support direct elections, and about 37% want to maintain the current system of representatives who choose union leaders.

A monitor appointed by the federal court to hold the election said on Wednesday that the votes in favor of the direct election “received more votes than the chamber of deputies and exceeded the threshold to win.”

In the direct election, 65,136 of the votes cast so far were won, while 38,503 wanted a representative vote. The results are unofficial and the website said the full count is unlikely to take place until Thursday.

By Monday’s mailing deadline, more than 143,000 votes had been received, according to union monitor Neil Barovsky. Election results must be approved by the Ministry of Labor and federal judges before they become official.

Barovsky was appointed by a federal judge earlier this year as part of a settlement that avoided government hijacking of 397,000 members after a widespread corruption scandal. Voting for leaders’ direct elections was also part of the settlement.

Currently, union leaders are elected at the convention every four years and representatives are elected by the local union office. However, the leader’s new slate has been elected by the president-elect, and there is rarely any serious opposition.

Car Workers Likely to Approve Direct Leadership Elections | National News

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