Those loveable scamps at SEIU have poured millions of dollars, and thousands of man-hours into SEIU 721, in order to raid EAA down in the City of Los Angeles. Of course, they didn't have the wontons to put the actual vote tallies in their "victory" announcement. That's because they got their asses kicked, and they don't want people to know how badly they actually did.
EAA, on the other hand, had no problem publishing the actual vote totals.
Here's what the Plague got for their money and their time:
Bringing all the numbers together, it breaks down like this: A total of 5233 votes were cast, of which only 1986 (37.95%) were cast for SEIU. On the other hand, 2741 votes (52.38%) were cast for EAA. A total of 370 ballots (7%) stand to challenge, but none of the challenge votes can flip a MOU from EAA to SEIU.
May 7, 2009 – Tentative results are in for the representation election. However, 3 of the units have sufficient numbers of challenged ballots to affect the outcome. Over 70% of the ballots mailed to EAA-represented employees were returned, an impressive number. The actual number of votes cast in each unit follows:
EAA IS HERE TO STAYMOU 1: Voted to protect their union, stay in EAA.
No Union: 17
MOU 8: ERB to resolve challenged ballots due to large number of challenges. Runoff election likely.
No Union: 36
MOU 17: ERB to resolve challenged ballots & irregularities in the ballot counting. Runoff election likely.
No Union: 9
MOU 19: Voted to protect their union, stay in EAA.
No Union: 4
MOU 20: Voted to protect their union, stay in EAA (ERB must resolve challenges, but number of challenges is small compared to vote margin). No runoff expected.
No Union: 34
MOU 21: Voted to protect their union, stay in EAA.
No Union: 7
Remember that the procedures require a successful choice to obtain 50% + 1 of the votes counted after disposition of all challenged ballots. If no choice receives this amount, a runoff election is scheduled between the 2 choices receiving the highest numbers of votes.
EAA thanks everyone who voted to protect his or her union. Your effort in learning the facts and returning your ballot is appreciated.
In fact, SEIU failed to win a clear majority of votes in ALL SIX of the MOU's - the best percentage that SEIU obtained was 48.26% in the second-smallest MOU by vote total.
All in all, this was an EPIC FAIL on the part of the Plague.
And for all you Plague supporters out there, you should keep in mind that, were this vote being conducted by standard SEIU rules (pooling all the votes together instead of individual units voting), then SEIU would be absolutely, positively out on its ass in this vote. As it stands now, they need to survive a runoff in order to achieve victory in two (maybe three) of the six units.
Couple that with the ill will they've engendered all over SEIU 721 with this useless campaign, and it's a lose-lose every way you slice it.
Well done, Andy. You've once again done us proud.