A legal travesty: Federal judge sides with UAW apparatus, denies Will Lehman’s request to extend vote

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U.S. District Court Judge David M. Lawson issued a ruling late Wednesday that dismisses a lawsuit filed by UAW union presidential candidate Will Lehman. Lehman was calling for a one-month extension of the UAW election period and other measures that seek to guarantee the right to vote for all workers.

The decision came a day after closing arguments on Tuesday in which Eric Lee, Lehman’s attorney, made the powerful argument that the rights of Lehman and all UAW members were violated because the UAW and the court-appointed comptroller failed to properly notify UAW members and ensure they received the ballots. Barely 10 percent of workers have voted by mail so far, and the overall turnout is expected to be below 15 percent by the November 28 deadline.

Lawson’s decision is dishonest, intellectually corrupt and, as with all such cases, shows a complete disregard for the democratic rights of UAW workers.

Lawson, senior judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, sided entirely with the UAW apparatus and the court-appointed monitor, who jointly argued against the lawsuit, as did the Department of Labor, which submitted an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief opposing Lehman.

At one point in the decision, Lawson acknowledged the importance of Lehman’s complaint and the serious doubts about the legitimacy of the election. Lehman, he writes, “claims that the methods chosen by the union leadership to inform and distribute the ballots are inadequate because the membership as a whole was not made aware, which resulted in low turnout. in direct elections. These grievances are certainly serious and should raise concerns that a less than comprehensive response from members could portend electoral results that are not truly representative of the will of the voters”.

However, the fact that ninety percent of UAW members – or 900,000 workers – did not vote in the election had no bearing on Lawson’s decision, which was based on the narrowest technical questions, interpreted in such a way as to make any challenge to the conduct of the elections impossible.

A legal travesty: Federal judge sides with UAW apparatus, denies Will Lehman’s request to extend vote