AFSA Received Letter from DOL. 11 Days Ago…

As far as I could tell, this has not gone out on AFSANET, but NDS at Calling a Spade a Spade has the text of the message released by the American Foreign Service Association to its membership even as its offices were closed due to inclement weather yesterday, December 21. Letter reprinted in full below (h/t to NDS):

On December 10, AFSA received a letter from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) conveying the results of their investigation of the 2009 AFSA Governing Board elections. The letter states that the DOL investigation found probable cause to conclude that the election may not have been conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), mentioning that state.gov e-mail addresses, AFSA members’ email address lists, and the Foreign Service Journal were used to promote the campaigns of both slates.

The DOL invited AFSA to meet and discuss their findings and to seek to agreement on future action, which we welcome and are pursuing. AFSA election reform and in particular clarifying and updating appropriate means of campaign communication is a priority.

The current AFSA Governing Board continues to be the duly constituted Governing Board until the next election is held. We will keep you informed of developments as they occur.

This looks like item# 2 in my list of post-election possibilities:

— Wrongdoing occurred but results stand: If OLMS decide that wrongdoing occurred but it did not affect the outcome of the election, it could rule that the election results stand as is.

I would like to see the DOL decision myself but so far, no one has been kind enough to send it to me and I doubt very much if AFSA will post it on its website or Facebook page.

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