A prominent union has denied thousands of workers the right to elect leaders in one of its biggest locals for 15 years, but a top official insists the organization’s governing practices are “impeccable.”
The local, representing more than 5,000 health-care workers, has been under “provisional” status since its inception in 1997 without elections because of instability and poor management, according to the powerful Canadian head of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA).
“When a new local union is provisional and going through growing pains, it is not unusual to postpone elections until stability is established in the local,” Joe Mancinelli, Canadian manager and a vice-president of the U.S.-based international union, said in an email.
“LIUNA local unions have elections every four years. Our record for practising and embracing the democratic process is impeccable.”