1727 Gainer v. Local Union 774

Case No: 1727

2015

The incumbent president’s activities and his use of union facilities in the period preceding the election did not constitute an unfair election practice. Union officers are not required to maintain a low profile or avoid aspects of their duties simply because they are seeking re-election.  We have frequently observed that the advantages incumbents enjoy in terms of their ability to circulate among the membership is just a feature of the job and not a violation of the rules against union support for any candidate. Under our well-established standards of review, Gainer’s entire range of complaints about the advantages Newell enjoyed as a candidate fail to provide grounds for disturbing the results of the presidential race at Local Union 774.

The incumbent president’s activities and his use of union facilities in the period preceding the election did not constitute an unfair election practice. Union officers are not required to maintain a low profile or avoid aspects of their duties simply because they are seeking re-election.  We have frequently observed that the advantages incumbents enjoy in terms of their ability to circulate among the membership is just a feature of the job and not a violation of the rules against union support for any candidate. Under our well-established standards of review, Gainer’s entire range of complaints about the advantages Newell enjoyed as a candidate fail to provide grounds for disturbing the results of the presidential race at Local Union 774.