Members of Metro’s largest union voted Wednesday to reelect Jackie L. Jeter president, in a special election that was monitored by the Department of Labor after accusations of election fraud.
In a statement Thursday, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 said Jeter garnered 68 percent of the vote from members who participated — “a wider margin than the first election in December of 2015,” the union noted in its news release.
The other four major leaders of the union were also reelected.
The special election was mandated earlier this year, after a federal judge voided the December 2015 election results, saying union representatives had failed to address allegations that they had flouted rules for election eligibility. A lawsuit filed against the union by former U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez alleged that Jeter and others allowed a select list of members to pay their membership dues late and re-gain their eligibility to run for office.
The lawsuit also alleged that the union violated federal regulations, and its own bylaws, by sending election notices to members in the mail one day later than the 15-day advance-notice deadline.
Jeter and others denied those accusations. But the Department of Labor motioned for new elections, and U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel granted the request.
According to the unofficial tally, Jeter received 2,886 votes in Wednesday’s election, over 2,000 votes more than either of her two opponents.
“One thing that everyone at Local 689, and throughout this region, can agree on is that Metro is at a breaking point,” Jeter said. “I am thankful to the membership for reelecting me and allowing me to continue my service to our members as we stand together to make Local 689 a more perfect union and Metro a better system.”
Normal terms for union leadership are three years long, and the next regularly-scheduled election will take place in December 2018.