With our activists winning as your Local 551 Con Con delegates I`m sure all the members will be waiting for word of all the changes these top vote getters have said and pledged they will make happen...? Anyone see a notice for handing out of or the presenting of any submitted resolution forms to the membership? for the memberships approval? a special membership meeting?
Did any of our activists get an invite to the Reuther Caucus meeting in November? If not this con con most likely will generate the same results and/or changes our activists pledged and promised they would change if voted to be your con con delegates....same campaign babble as the last time.
Here are a few views of how the Con Con works.
"In late November, cherry picked UAW leaders from around the country flew into Detroit to select what’s known as “The Reuther Caucus” slate at the national headquarters, Solidarity House at the request of International. The caucus, which UAW Local 74 was not invited to attend, gives itself the most power in the organization. Delegates to the UAW Constitutional Convention vote in new leadership but for the past seven decades, the Reuther Caucus’s nominee has won election as union president. The caucus also customarily determines the other winners elected at the Constitutional Conventions held every four years".
"DETROIT -- Following failed organizing drives and an ongoing federal corruption probe, hundreds of UAW officials are expected to meet in Detroit this week to select a slate of candidates for the union’s 2018 elections.
The UAW's Administrative Caucus -- consisting of national and local officers and members -- is scheduled to meet Thursday in Detroit to make its recommendations for leadership positions, including secretary-treasurer, vice presidents and president.
The union has not made any official announcement about the event; three people familiar with the plans confirmed the scheduled leadership meeting to Automotive News.
A UAW spokesman declined to comment.
The meeting is part of the union's election process and not a result of recent lost organizing efforts or a widening federal investigation into the alleged misuse of $4.5 million in worker training funds from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles being used to line the pockets of union and company officials.
Presidential candidates selected by the caucus have gone on to win elections for the past 70 years. Delegates representing rank-and-file UAW members will vote on the positions at the UAW's Constitutional Convention, which is scheduled for June, when the new terms will start"
“Imagine an electoral system where a small group of well-connected insiders hand-picks candidates for voters to consider. Challengers are discouraged, and the favored candidate of the party insiders always wins. This isn't an example from years past in the Soviet Union; rather, it's the status quo today in the elections for executive positions within the United Auto Workers. Just recently, the troubled union elevated a slate of union insiders to replace the outgoing set of insiders”.
"A powerful group of United Auto Worker insiders moved to re-elect Cindy Estrada as the union's vice president, despite a federal probe into union corruption in which investigators are reportedly examining Estrada's role.
The Reuther Caucus, an influential bloc that has long dominated the union, moved to nominate Estrada to a second term in the leadership, according to Automotive News. Earlier this month, the Detroit News reported that investigators were interested in Estrada regarding the ongoing scandal involving former UAW officials and former executives with the Big Three automakers. Estrada's re nomination by the Reuther Caucus virtually ensures her re-election. Reuters notes that candidates from the caucus won elections for the last seven decades. The UAW will hold a leadership election in June".
"A dark horse candidate comes away with a key endorsement in the race to become the next president of the UAW. While hardly an outsider, Gary Jones, a trained accountant who worked at UAW headquarters in Detroit before becoming director of the union’s western region, bested a couple of other better-known potential candidates for the nomination of the so-called “Reuther” caucus.The crucial first step for Jones in the union’s tradition-laden process for filling top posts came when he won endorsement from the union executive board’s 14 members. Jones beat out better-known candidates including Gary Casteel, the union’s secretary-treasurer, and Cindy Estrada, head of the union’s General Motors Dept.
Casteel was nominated for another 4-year term as secretary-treasurer, the caucus says in a release. Casteel had led the UAW’s campaign to organize workers at the Nissan plant in Canton, MS, which ended in an embarrassing defeat for the union.
Estrada, the first woman to head a key bargaining department, was re-nominated as vice president but she has been mentioned as a potential target in an ongoing federal investigation of the union’s joint training funds. No charges have been leveled against Estrada.
Nonetheless, the caucus picked Jones because he was free of the taint of scandal that has rocked the UAW since the federal government indicted the widow of the late General Holiefield, a former UAW vice president.
Current UAW President Dennis Williams has been criticized for not moving fast enough to counter the scandal. Williams, who will be 65 at the time of next year’s union election, is retiring after one term because of union policy prohibiting candidates 65 or older from seeking office".
After reading these views of how the Incumbent, Administrative and/or Reuther Caucus works. What do all the promises and the pledges to make us strong again really mean?
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Edited by Decker, 15 April 2018 - 01:08 PM.