Update, 10:30am PDT: IAM International posted this press release about the election results, claiming the incumbents won by a 2-1 margin.
Just posted on IAM Reform’s Facebook Account:
IAM REFORM TO DISPUTE ELECTION RESULTS, WILL FILE PROTEST WITH U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Preliminary IAM Election results reveal Tom Buffenbarger and the nine other incumbent executive officers won enough votes to retain their positions. But IAM Reform candidates, buoyed by the support and votes of IAM members internationally, plan to immediately dispute the election results and file a protest with the U.S. Department of Labor, following federal election rules.
Throughout the April election, IAM Reform documented illegal activity by the incumbents’ campaign including:
1. The incumbents’ team illegally threatening union leaders to campaign and vote for the incumbents or lose their jobs and control over their lodges via trusteeship
2. The incumbents’ team illegally using union funds to campaign
2. Evidence of significant anomalies in the voting results to raise serious concerns about the legitimacy of thousands of votes for the incumbents.
“On behalf of every supporter of IAM Reform, we intend to ask the Department of Labor to investigate these serious violations, through every avenue available to us,” said Jay Cronk, Reform candidate for International President running against Tom Buffenbarger. “Unseating a corrupt and entrenched bureaucracy will require our continued strength and focus. With the support shown for our Reform goals and platform, our conviction to achieve these goals on behalf of our membership has been reinforced.”
Per election rules, candidates may file a protest and ask the Department of Labor to investigate violations.