victory over incumbent Jim Robinson, in the election for the directorship of
United Steelworkers District 7, has been confirmed following an
investigation by the USW’s International Tellers Committee.
Robinson narrowly in the Nov. 26 election, by 5,903 votes to 5,703.
Two protests were
promptly filed, both concerning the way in which Local 6787 conducted the
election: one by Robinson himself, the other by five members of Local 6787.
According to the
reported submitted by the International Tellers, the two protests “raised
* Local 6787’s
financial secretary was not part of the Tellers Committee.
* Local 6787 did
not require members to sign or initial the voter registration book.
* Reported voter
turnout seemed “unusually high as compared to witness observations.”
investigation, the International Tellers Committee determined that Local
6787’s financial secretary--and one of the local’s automatic tellers--”chose
to work in the mill on the day of the election and that during the day he
had exchanged text messages with the chief teller, asking if there were any
issues that required his attention.”
Tellers Committee also determined that, though the financial secretary had
intended to participate in the ballot counting on the night of Nov. 26, he
“was called away on a personal matter and had to leave.”
On the issue of the
voter registration book, the International Tellers Committee noted that the
USW International does not require members to sign the poll book, although
doing so apparently had at one time been Local 6787’s “practice.”
International Tellers Committee reviewed “extensive video of the general
area in which the voting tents were located,” provided by ArcelorMittal;
photographs of the polling stations inside the tents; the poll books; and
all ballots and tally sheets.
Tellers Committee’s conclusion: “We found no evidence to suggest that the
local conducted its voting in an improper manner. The reported vote count is
consistent with the records examined. There was no evidence submitted that
demonstrated votes were cast by anyone other than a member who personally
appeared at the polling station. The financial secretary was involved in the
election process to the extent he wanted to be. The Tellers commend the
local for its thorough management of the election process and its excellent
“We find no reason
to rerun the election at this local,” the International Tellers Committee
added. “Both protests are rejected.”
Robinson had served
as District 7 Director since November 2001 and had been re-elected twice by
acclamation to the four-year term.
previously served as District 7’s Sub-District 5 Director.
In September 2013,
Local 6787 President Paul Gipson endorsed Millsap’s candidacy. So did a
majority of Local 6787’s members who voted in the primary election on Sept.
5, when 165 ballots were cast for Millsap against 33 for Robinson.
At the time Gipson
said that Millsap, who came out of the bankrupt LTV, learned about loss the
hard way. Robinson, on the other hand, came out of Inland Steel, which was
one of the rare mills which didn’t declare bankruptcy a decade ago, Gipson