Jun 23, 2015 7:00 PM
Landrigan: Stunning reversal in NH AFL-CIO union leader election
CONCORD - In a shocking turn of events, the national AFL-CIO Union overruled a New Hampshire election and declared challenger Glenn Brackett had ousted longtime state President Mark MacKenzie.
After the union’s election board declared MacKenzie the winner, Brackett had appealed the result and charged he was wrongly denied the election.
At the center of this dispute had been ballots containing more than 600 votes that didn’t have the proper mark for Brackett; one ballot cast was on behalf of a union local that represented more than 500 votes.
The state’s election board ruled all of those ballots invalid giving another term as president to MacKenzie who led the politically-powerful trade union for 25 years.
But the national AFL-CIO overturned the findings.
In a statement, MacKenzie said he accepted the outcome and would look for other ways to stay involved after more than 40 years of working in organized labor.
"I called Glenn to congratulate him, and wish him all the best,’’ MacKenzie said in a statement.
"Because of our work, New Hampshire workers have safer workplaces, fairer pay, and stronger protections when they get injured on the job. Because of our work, New Hampshire remains free of deceptive “Right to Work” laws that hurt working families and destroy middle class jobs.”
Brackett served as general manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers that represented the striking Fairpoint employees in New Hampshire.