July 9, 1992
Dissident members of a local labor union
representing some 3,000 construction workers yesterday were defeated
in a special election that they hoped would overturn a 1990 election
that was ruled invalid.
Incumbent officers of Local 89 of the Laborers'
International Union won re-election to all six disputed posts
in the special mail balloting that began June 22, according to
officials of the local. All four dissident members seeking election
"We've done everything that we were
asked to do," said Harry Jordan, secretary-treasurer for
the local. "It was a very democratic election."
The special election was ordered in April
by a federal judge who voided the local's June 1990 election over
alleged improprieties. Members of the dissident Labor Reform Committee
argued that they were denied access to the local's nomination
process for officers and directors.
The dissident group claimed that in the election
two years ago, the local violated the constitution of the Laborers'
International Union of North America and the Landrum-Griffin Act,
a 1959 labor law that provided safeguards for democratic methods
in union elections.
Officials of Local 89 reported that 1,150
votes were cast, representing 38.9 percent of the total eligible
to vote. The election process was supervised by the U.S. Department
In results released yesterday, incumbent
recording secretary Ernesto C. Marmolejo was re-elected. Marmolejo
received 65.5 percent of the votes cast, compared to 27.9 percent
for Charles Galvan of the Labor Reform Committee and 6.7 percent
for Albert Ross, an independent candidate.
Two incumbents -- Armando Guerrero and Richard
Scannell captured the two seats up for grabs on the local's executive
board. Guerrero received support on 36.6 percent of the ballots
cast and Scannell received 34.2 percent. Labor Reform Committee
candidates Robert Ross and Mark Grund received 15.9 percent and
Re-elected as delegates to the Southern California
District Council of Laborers were incumbents Scannell, Bill Smith
and Otis L. Flake, each of whom received more than 25 percent
of the votes. Grund received 11.8 percent of the votes and independent
candidate Ivory Guess received 9.6 percent.
Russell Rock, area administrator for the
Department of Labor, said election protests may be filed through
July 20. Federal court certification of the results could take
up to six months.