Number 55, October 2002:
VOTING IN UNION ELECTIONS WHILE MOBILIZED
By CAPT Samuel F. Wright, JAGC, USNR*
Q: I left my civilian job when I was recalled to active duty involuntarily. My civilian employer has asked my union to make financial accommodations in our salaries and benefits. The employer claims that such concessions are necessary to ensure the continued viability of the company, but that is a matter of some dispute. The union has decided to put the concessions question to a vote of the members.
I contacted my union to inquire about obtaining a ballot for this upcoming referendum. The union told me that it will not permit recalled Reservists to vote in this referendum. I think that this is unfair. I definitely intend to return to that employer, just as soon as I am released from active duty. My civilian career will be affected by the outcome of the referendum, just as much as the careers of my co-workers who were not recalled to active duty. Can you help me?
A: We of ROA certainly agree that you and the other recalled Reservists should be permitted to vote in the upcoming referendum and also in any union officer elections that are held during your active-duty period. ROA Executive Director Jayson L. Spiegel has written to your national union president, asking for this accommodation. We will keep you posted.
* Military title used for purposes of identification only. The views expressed in these articles are the personal views of the author and are not necessarily the views of the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense, the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.
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