Gregory Floyd, who has been president of Teamsters Local 237 for 12 years, was re-elected to his third five-year term after winning 61 percent of the 4,000 votes union members cast.
“I want to thank the members of Local 237 for their vote of confidence, and we’re going to work hard to make them proud,” he said during a brief phone interview.
The mail ballots were counted by Global Election Services Oct. 7.
Foe Rips Low Return
Mr. Floyd received 2,496 votes out of the 4,036 ballots that were returned. That figure was noticeably smaller than the nearly-7,000 votes that were cast during the 2014 election. Mr. Floyd’s challenger, Nirmal Lorick, chided the low turnout.
“The members who voted in this election may have spoken, but with 16,000 members not voting at all, it's apparent that the vast majority of Local 237 members remain dissatisfied with the direction of our union,” he said.
Mr. Floyd noted that low participation in union elections has “remained…a problem,” and stated that there were many new and younger members who did not understand the election process.
Mr. Lorick, who has worked at the Housing Authority for 30 years, focused his campaign on the discontent over pay and safety concerns held by some rank-and-file members.
“While our message may have failed to put our slate over the top, we were successful in bringing to light a host of real issues our members have and the failure of our current leadership to sufficiently address those issues,” he said.
Cites Recent Pay Deals
Mr. Floyd, who has headed the union since stepping up after then-president Carl Haynes retired prior to the end of his term in 2007 and was elected for his first full term in 2009, said that he was focused on maintaining benefits and protecting jobs. The union recently ratified contracts for School Safety Agents and Cement Masons.
Also re-elected on Mr. Floyd’s slate were Vice President Ruben Torres and Recording Secretary Jeanette Tavera. Donald Arnold Jr., the union’s current citywide director, was elected to replace the incumbent secretary-treasurer Edmund Kane, who is retiring.
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