Why did it take two-and-a-half years in office?
Samuelsen campaigned against changes the members voted for anyway.
Once he took office, he became “confused” about the Bylaws changes he had opposed,
making up his own rules, picking and choosing what favored him and ignoring the rest.
Samuelsen has suddenly decided to publish the amended by laws that the members voted for in 2008.
Samuelsen has spent the last two-and-a-half years
ignoring amendments he didn’t like, such as Bylaws that
- forbid him from putting staff on payroll on the Judicial Panel that hears charges,
- require quarterly Section meetings (so he could deprive members of a voice and prevent people from running for office),
- forbid current and ex-supervisors and people in bad standing from being reps. and officers, and
- forbid reps. from collecting money from members without strict controls,
and implementing amendments he liked, such as Bylaws that created
the new Administrative VP and Division Chairs, and a Judicial Panel (but with his paid staff in charge).
Why now? Is it because he figured he couldn’t get away with it anymore with the 2012 elections quickly approaching? After all, the amended by laws set rules that govern not only these elections but determine who attends the 2013 TWU International convention. So he had to do it.
That’s the kind of ethics and leadership that John Samuelsen stands for. Forget the members and how they voted! Do what he wants, how he wants and when he wants. That’s why Samuelsen Has Got To Go!
Vote the Transport Workers United Slate/
Joe Campbell for President of TWU Local 100
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