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AMO member files challenge to conduct of 2010 AMO Election of National Officers

John N. "Jack" Hearn has challenged the "conduct" of the 2010 American Maritime Officers Election of National Officers.

Hearn, who was defeated for the office of AMO national president in the 90-day union-wide secret ballot election that ended with the ballot count on Dec. 6, notified the AMO National Executive Board of his challenge in a letter dated Dec. 21 and received at AMO National Headquarters in Dania Beach Dec. 22.

Article XI Section 4(g) of the AMO National Constitution requires that any challenge to the conduct of an AMO election be filed in writing within 20 days of the ballot count and preliminary report of the rank and file Tallying Committee.

Hearn filed five specific counts alleging violations of the AMO National Constitution and of the federal Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, which -- among other things -- governs labor union elections.

Hearn asked that the AMO election of 2010 be declared "null and void," and that a new election be conducted for all official positions except National Vice President, Great Lakes. John Clemons, the only successful candidate from Hearn's AMO Membership Committee slate, was elected in 2010 to the office of National Vice President, Great Lakes. Clemons defeated Donald Cree by 23 votes.

The National Executive Board of AMO has designated J. Michael Murphy, AMO national vice president, government relations, to investigate Hearn's allegations and report his findings to the National Executive Board of AMO and to the AMO membership within 60 days.

Under Article XI Section 4(h), an AMO member challenging the conduct of an election can appeal an adverse decision from the National Executive Board of AMO in person or in writing to AMO members at the first regularly scheduled AMO membership meetings following the decision of the AMO National Executive Board.

The AMO member challenging the election must notify the AMO National President in writing within 20 days of the AMO National Executive Board's decision that he is appealing the decision to the membership.
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