On May 12, 2021, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan appointed Neil M. Barofsky of Jenner & Block LLP as the independent Monitor of the UAW, pursuant to the Consent Decree entered into by the United States and the UAW in United States v. International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, No. 20-cv-13293 (E.D. Mich.).
The UAW Monitor is independent of, and does not represent, the UAW or any of its constituent entities. The Monitor reports only to the district court.
The Monitor’s authority and duties are established by, and set forth in, the Consent Decree.
The UAW Monitor has their own website that describes their duties, www.uawmonitor.com. The Monitor’s website will host their reports and other important documents relating to the Monitorship, such as the Rules for the 2022 UAW International Officer Election (see below).
UAW members can contact the UAW Monitor via the UAW Monitor’s website, www.uawmonitor.com/contact.
The most recent version of the Consent Decree can be downloaded here.
2022 DIRECT ELECTION OF INTERNATIONAL OFFICERS
The Consent Decree required the UAW to hold a secret ballot Referendum in which the UAW membership would vote on whether to keep the preexisting method for electing members to the International Executive Board (IEB) in which local union delegates to the UAW’s Constitutional Convention voted for IEB members, or whether the method should be changed to a direct election by which each UAW member shall directly elect the members of the IEB.
2022 Direct Election of International Officers: On May 11, 2022, the Monitor issued the Official Rules for the 2022 International Officer Election of the UAW (the “Election Rules” or “Rules”). The Election Rules are available here. These Rules will remain in effect for future UAW International Officer elections unless and until they are subsequently modified (for example, based on lessons learned from the 2022 Election or by constitutional amendment). The Monitor’s website also includes all forms for the 2022 Election, FAQs and answers, and information regarding an upcoming session on campaign finance rules (www.uawmonitor.com/elections). The Monitor’s website will continue to be updated with additional information as the 2022 International Officer Election approaches.
The Monitor is also conferring with the UAW to draft language amending the UAW Constitution affirming the direct election principle for inclusion in the UAW Constitution at the 2022 UAW Constitutional Convention, which will be held from July 25-28, 2022, at Huntington Place in Detroit, Michigan.
REFERENDUM RESULTS: On December 2, 2021, the 2021 Referendum vote count was completed. Over 1,030,000 UAW members who were eligible to vote in the referendum received a ballot. Out of the total eligible ballots issued to UAW members, a total of 140,586 votes were cast and counted, where 89,615 members voted for the direct voting system (63.7%), while 50,971 members voted for the delegate voting system (36.3%). Thus, the direct voting system prevailed. The Monitor prepared a Referendum Report summarizing the Referendum process and result and provided it to the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) for approval on January 7, 2022. On January 19, 2022, OLMS endorsed the Monitor’s Referendum Report, and on January 31, 2022, the Court granted the Monitor’s Unopposed Motion for Approval of Referendum Results. More information about the Referendum is available on the Monitor’s website and in the Referendum Report, www.uawmonitor.com/elections and www.uawmonitor.com/reports.