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MIKE CARRUBE: 'Affirmation of our work.'

Mike Carrube, president of the Subway Surface Supervisors Association, won re-election to a second term by a better-than 3-1 margin over his opponent, Executive Vice President Yvette Williams-Lawson, 1,482 votes to 486.

His Supervisors in Solidarity Slate won 13 of the 17 vice-president posts and 41 of the 47 other officer and board slots. About 50 percent of the membership voted, according to Mr. Carrube.

Ballots were counted by the American Arbitration Association on Nov. 26.

In 2014, Mr. Carrube unseated then-President Tony Gammone by 136 votes.

‘A Clear Mandate’

“On behalf of our entire Supervisors in Solidarity Slate, I want to express our deep gratitude to our members, who overwhelmingly voted to keep Supervisors moving forward for the next five years,” he said in a statement. “This is both a clear affirmation of the unprecedented results we’ve delivered for our members and equally significant, this gives us a clear mandate to face the challenges that lie ahead.”

“Although I didn’t win, members of my team won on our slate, so I feel like I accomplished my goals,” Ms. Williams-Lawson said in a phone interview. “I thank everyone who voted for me and I ask them to continue the fight and get even more involved in our union.”

Her loss means she will be returning to her job as a Level 1 Station Supervisor for New York City Transit.

She has a pending state Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the union alleging that she was “the only Black person to ever be elected” executive vice president but was “harassed, bullied” and “openly treated…disparately” since the beginning of 2017.

Expanded Ranks

As president, Mr. Carrube has helped establish the United Transportation Leadership Organization to organize bus and subway manager titles like Deputy Superintendents and Superintendents, as well as establish an international union, the National Association of Transportation Supervisors.

While Ms. Williams-Lawson criticized that action, union members appear to have embraced Mr. Carrube efforts to expand the union’s reach.

At the start of the campaign, several members spoke with this newspaper to complain that the union’s by-laws that require all candidates for office to have at least five years in the union at top pay were too restrictive and undemocratic.

Mr. Carrube defended the by-law changes as being above-board and “originally approved in 2015 and clarified in 2018” as part “of a series of proposals approved by two sessions of the general membership.”


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