Date set for new Robins union election, appeal pending

wcrenshaw@macon.comFebruary 4, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- March 18 has been set as the date for a new election for officers of the largest union at Robins Air Force Base, but an appeal is still pending.

Tom Scott, former president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 987, said he has not received official notice of the date for rerunning the election but said “reliable sources” have verbally told him it will be March 18.

Robert Tidwell, who defeated Scott for the presidency, declined to comment, except to say the appeal is still pending.

Tidwell and a slate of challengers defeated all of the incumbents in the November election on a platform aimed at fostering a better working relationship with management.

A protest was filed over the election, citing 39 alleged violations. On Nov. 26, the regional AFGE office issued a letter calling for a new election. Nearly all of the allegations in the protest were rejected, but one of them stated that seven completed ballots were found in the trash. That allegation was the basis for overturning the election.

The winners of the election then filed an appeal of the decision to the national union.

Phone calls to the regional office have not been returned.

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