POSTPONED- Association for Union Democracy Conference: Impediments to Running for Union Office

This event has been postponed 

UFT Solidarity may have lost the 2016 UFT elections, but we haven’t stopped fighting for a more democratic union, that actually supports its members (and not leaderships’ pockets). We launched 16 election complaints that the UFT leadership obviously denied. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), our national union, is reviewing our appeal now. Once they make a decision, we will take the very serious allegations to the US Department of Labor. We don’t stop fighting for our group’s mission.

In the meantime, the Association for Union Democracy has asked us to participate and speak at their annual conference. UFT Presidential candidate Francesco Portelos will be discussing the many issues with UFT decmocracy Please consider attending and or purchasing invaluable union democracy material at

AUD Conference 2017

Impediments to Running for Union Office

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AUD 2017 Conference
Union rules that act as impediments to running for office:
Are they legal? How can you beat them?

AUD’s 2017 conference will bring together unionists to discuss the variety of union rules and requirements that can and often do prevent reformers from running for office or mounting successful campaigns. These include meeting attendance rules, requirements to obtain signatures in order to be nominated, requirements to earn designation as a slate, continuous good standing requirements, and more. Speakers at our conference will include several candidates for local office. Each will discuss the obstacles they encountered. We will then have a presentation by representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards, New York District, on these same rules, and their legality. There will be a question and answer session.

List of Speakers:

Herman Benson, AUD founder

Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, President, New York State Nurses Association

Michael J. Goldberg, AUD Director, Professor Emeritus at Widener University, Delaware Law School

Justin Babula, past candidate for President, UNITE HERE Local 100 New York & New Jersey

John Feeney, past candidate for Business Manager, United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters Local One, NYC

Julian Gonzalez, Esq., Lewis, Clifton & Nikolaidis; Counsel to the Fred Zuckerman Teamsters United slate

Joe Jacobs, IBEW Local 48, Portland, Oregon

J.J. Popio, candidate for union representative, Gas Workers Union of NE Ohio, Local G-555

Francesco Portelos, candidate for President, United Federation of Teachers, NYC

Branden Rippey, past candidate for President, Newark Teachers Union, New Jersey

Steven Schreiner, Director of Servicing, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council No. 7, Wisconsin

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, New York District Office

WHEN: Saturday April 22, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
WHERE: St. Marks Church-In-The-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003
For More Information: call AUD at 718-564-1114, email,

Group rates are available. Please call us directly at 718-564-1114 for details.

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