An insurgent slate of candidates, assembled and backed by former American Postal Workers Union President William Burrus, swept his successor, Cliff Guffey, and almost all of the top officers from their posts, in balloting results announced this week.
Challenger Mark Dimondstein beat Guffey by almost 6,000 votes, 26,965-21,007. Debby Szeredy beat incumbent executive vice president Greg Bell by just over 2,000 votes, while incumbent Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell, a Guffey supporter, retained her office by 2,200, but only because a third candidate siphoned off 6,000 votes.
Dimondstein campaigned nationwide among the union’s 195,000-plus members on a “Members First” platform, arguing Guffey ignored the rank-and-file.
Other winners on Dimondstein’s slate included Tony McKinnon for Industrial Relations Director, John Marcotte for Legislative/Political Director, Anna Smith for Organization Director, Kennith Beasley for Southern Region Coordinator and Clint Burelson for Clerk Division Director. One other pro-Guffey officer won: Health Plan Director William Kaczor. The new officers will take their positions on Nov. 7.
“This election victory belongs to the people,” Dimondstein declared after the win. He added his colleagues on the Members First team got “a strong vote of confidence.
After thanking the outgoing officers for their service, Dimondstein stated the union’s members have “spoken decisively for a new direction in our union as we face the challenges of protecting our jobs, our retirement and our public Postal Service from the postal privatizers on Wall Street, in Congress and even in postal headquarters.
“To be successful we will need maximum unity,” Dimondstein added. “We look forward to working with all APWU members, our sister postal unions, the labor movement and the people of this country as together we stand up and fight back to win the best possible future for postal workers, our communities and working people.”
This article was written by Press Associates, Inc., news service.