1846 Riley v. UAW Local Union 598 Executive Board

Case No: 1846

2021

The PRB applies a presumption that all elections conducted by a local union are valid.  To rebut this presumption, a challenger must show by clear and convincing evidence that some improper practice occurred to such a degree that it could have affected the outcome of the election.  Appellant’s primary claim is that the Local should not have gone forward with nominations while restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic were in place or, having done so, should have rerun the nomination process once the polling dates were rescheduled.  However, Appellant successfully submitted her nomination acceptance and, ultimately, prevailed in the election for a Trustee position.  Thus, the alleged election errors forming the basis of her protest had no detrimental impact on her candidacy.  In addition, Appellant has not established that any other member was prevented from submitting an acceptance because the Local proceeded with its nomination process as originally scheduled.