On December 19, socialist candidate for UAW president Will Lehman filed an official protest over the conduct and results of the first round of the election. We urge workers to share it as widely as possible and submit your statements supporting the challenge to the election results.
Autoworkers in Detroit and Chicago have expressed support for the official protest filed by Mack Trucks workers and United Auto Workers presidential candidate Will Lehman over the results of the first round of the UAW election, which concluded in November 2022.
In blatant disregard of the democratic rights of rank-and-file union members, the UAW bureaucracy and the court-appointed UAW Monitor are rushing ahead with a “run-off” between incumbent UAW President Ray Curry and long-time UAW International Representative Shawn Fain, even though the results of the first-round of the election have not been certified due to Lehman’s protest.
As the protest details, the entrenched UAW leadership, which opposed the direct election of top UAW officers, deliberately suppressed voter turnout to prevent the members from voting them out of power. Among other things, the UAW bureaucracy did as little as possible to inform the members about the election and refused to update mailing lists for the sending out of ballots.
Although the UAW Monitor had mandated the union leadership to update its mailing list and widely publicize the election “to ensure the enfranchisement of as many members as possible,” the court-appointed monitor took no serious measures to enforce this. As a result, the total number of votes cast in the election was less than the number of ballots that were returned as undeliverable because they were sent to the wrong addresses.
In the end, only 9 percent of the eligible 1.1 million active and retired UAW members voted in the first round, with neither Curry nor Fain winning the backing of more than 4 percent of eligible voters.