October 19, 1999
RETIREES VOTING RIGHTS IN JEOPARDY
There will be elections for District Council Officers on
December 10th and 11th for the first time in four and a half years.
Due to Restructuring, the Offices we will be voting for as well as the responsibilities
connected to them will be quite different than in the past. Among the many things changed
are the rules on how the election will be carried out. The new Rules, thirty confusing
pages worth, were designed by McCarron and the UBC, modified by Judge Conboy and
approved by Judge Haight. Apparently they didn't require any help from New York Carpenter
These new rules allow Retirees to vote by mail-in ballot. This is extremely important
because many Retirees live too far away to vote in person, and many have health problems
that would prevent them from doing so.
However, instead of simply sending each retired member a mail in ballot, these new rules
specify that a Retiree must submit an application for a ballot.
The PROBLEM is hardly anyone knew they needed to send in an application, and the
District Council waited until October 7th to send out these applications, which had a
deadline of October 15th.!! Nobody received notice before October 8th. And because of the
Holiday weekend, most members didn't receive it until the 12th. Some never received
APPARENTLY, SOMEBODY DOESN'T WANT RETIREES TO
On October 7th when no one had yet received notice, the Executive Committee of
MACOUT decided action had to be taken. We made thousands of copies of the application,
filled in the names and addresses of over 8600 Retirees, and turned them into the Council
on Friday October 8th.
On Monday, October 18th, we found out our applications had been rejected by the Election
Committee, but we were not officially notified until Wednesday October 20th. We were told
we had no right to act as representatives for the Retirees. While, theoretically this is
accurate, we took action because somebody had to, and the Officials whose job it is to
protect the rights of ALL MEMBERS, sure as
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