APWU Web Site 'De-Links' Locals During Union Election Period
05/02/2007 - The APWU national election period has begun, and in approximately five months, on Oct. 5, the counting of ballots will commence.
The rules for the election of APWU national officers, as prepared by the 2007 APWU National Election Committee, appeared in the March/April issue of The American Postal Worker, with an update in the May/June edition. Other rules governing the conduct of union elections are promulgated by the Department of Labor.
Effective May 1, the national APWU Web site "de-linked" all local and state Web sites for the duration of the 2007 union election campaign. The links will be restored at the conclusion of the election cycle.
The APWU took this action to avoid problems that could result if any locals or state organizations used their Web sites in a way that could be interpreted as supporting the candidacy of an individual or group in the union election. The use of union Web sites in this manner could lead to charges that Department of Labor regulations were violated.