1512 Karras v. Local Union 653

Case No: 1512


Although Karras was entitled to rely on the advice given to him by the Local Financial Secretary regarding his dues obligations, his nonpayment of dues in November and December cannot be attributed to the Financial Secretary’s advice. The Election Committee has the responsibility for determining a candidate’s eligibility, and this Election Committee concluded that Karras was not eligible because of his failure to pay dues in November and December. This decision was within its discretion and there is no Constitutional basis for this Board to overturn it. On the other hand, the Local President had no authority to remove Karras from his elected position. Karras is entitled to be compensated by the Local Union for any monetary loss he suffered as a result of his removal before the expiration of his term.