The Secretary-Treasurer was to place these returns in a ballot box to await action by the District tellers. The accuracy of the return sheet sent by the local to the Secretary-Treasurer had to be attested to by the local union president and secretary. Note that the President of a local was a local teller and one who attested to the accuracy of the local vote. Certain of the candidates for District office were also local union Presidents who counted their own votes and attested to the accuracy of their own work.
With the conflicting interests thus set in place (and there may be others we have not been astute enough to observe) the election began to unfold. In theory, one who found it necessary to vote by absentee ballot might make an application for a ballot on which he was required to state his name, social security number, address and local union number (Art. X, § 7 -- Rules 1 and 2).
The Secretary-Treasurer who had a list of all union members, their addresses and social security numbers and whether their dues were currently paid did not wait for applications. He mailed an application to everyone along with a news letter explaining how one could vote by absentee ballot. Applications came in by "50's and 100's in every mail" and the overworked Secretary-Treasurer responded by mailing out ballots which were returned in great numbers which the Secretary-Treasurer piled on his desk. When he had made a personal notation on a legal pad of the ballots received he opened the ballot box from time to time (theoretically locked) and put the ballots in the box. His help (the International employees) had access to the ballots and the union member lists and all of the office files. It was easy to check who had already voted and call people who were friendly to ask that they send in a ballot because the ballots contained identification on an outer envelope.
The protests of the MFD mounted as the election approached. The District President, swamped in controversy and confusion, again asked the Department of Labor in Pittsburgh for help and advice. On December 1, 1970, William Kane of the Pittsburgh office met with District officers and offered the advice that the absentee ballot boxes should be placed in the custody of some bank. The advice was accepted and following December 1, 1970, the absentee ballots already deposited in the ballot box were kept in the custody of Western Pennsylvania National Bank in Pittsburgh. Continued protests to the Labor Department resulted in the Labor Department taking custody of all absentee ballots on December 14, 1970, following the election.
The ballots were subjected to an examination by the government to determine whether any of them had been altered and it was reported by the Labor Department to the Union that no evidence had been found of alteration or tampering. However, it was February of 1971 before the absentee ballots were returned to the Union and, of course, they had never yet been counted by the tellers who were still in disagreement whether they should ever be counted. There were 1370 absentee ballot applications received of which 1189 came by mail and 181 were delivered by hand. The tellers counted 1182 absentee votes.
It was not until July 23, 1971, that the tellers finally decided to count the absentee ballots and the count was begun. Of course, meanwhile, on the basis of the votes counted the incumbent slate of officers considered that they had won the election and were still in office operating the union (on the basis of a count by the tellers made March 19, 1971, reported to the District on March 31, 1971.)
However, protests were outstanding with respect to the voting at seven local unions which it is unnecessary to list here. As the weeks went by following the election and as the Department of Labor and the International Commission assisted in cooling the tempers of the tellers and their adherents, all of the local unions whose votes had not been counted were finally counted by agreement of the tellers except for Local No. 1248 which has never yet been counted. As late as March 18, 1971, however, the tellers were attempting to investigate protests from the locals without success because of the disorder attendant on every hearing and the protests have never yet been satisfactorily investigated. So although all locals but 1248 have been counted, they have been counted as the result of an agreement among the tellers and not as the result of a thorough investigation of the protests which were originally filed. It should be said that the MFD adherents made the investigation of those protests very difficult by their conduct but it must be recognized that the tellers should never have been investigating their own votes.
Finally, on September 30, 1971, the final return of the tellers was filed on which all votes had been counted, save Local 1248.
The candidates reported to have won the election were the following:
President -- Budzanoski 4877 votes
(His opponent, Antal, had received 4012 votes)
Secretary-Treasurer -- Seddon 4738 votes
(His opponent, Daniels, had received 4023 votes)
Member of International Executive Board -- McCallister 4873 votes
(His opponent, DeVince, had received 3803 votes)
Board Member Sub. District 1 -- Refosco 706 votes
(His opponents were Finley with 400 votes and
Pellegrini with 377 votes)
Board Member Sub. District 2 -- Nuccetelli 1097 votes
(His opponents were Segedi with 855 votes and
Werstler with 397 votes)
Board Member Sub. District 3 -- Vilcros 1223 votes
(His opponent was Abbadini with 1039 votes)
Board Member Sub. Districts 4 & 5 -- Stover 1601 votes
(His opponent was Chach with 933 votes)
Baran 4545 votes
Dews 4172 votes
Kirkpatrick 4085 votes
(Their opponents were too numerous to mention here
and it is unnecessary to mention the winners of
all of the subordinate offices.)
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