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DISTRICT NO. 1 -- MEBA/NMU TRUSTEE APPOINTS NEW PENSION TRUSTEES; CULLISON LEAVES DISSIDENT WARD ON BOARDS, PROMISES NEW ELECTIONS

DISTRICT NO. 1 -- MEBA/NMU TRUSTEE APPOINTS NEW PENSION TRUSTEES;

CULLISON LEAVES DISSIDENT WARD ON BOARDS, PROMISES NEW ELECTIONS
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The trustee appointed to oversee the Licensed Division of District No. 1 -- MEBA/NMU, the nation's largest maritime union, announced today that he has appointed new labor trustees to the union's pension, health and training plans.
 Alexander C. Cullison was appointed trustee by the District No. 1 -- MEBA/NMU executive committee on Friday, Jan. 17, after dissident officers of the Licensed Division attempted to secede from the parent union, seized hiring halls, and led dissident workers into other halls to remove files, office equipment and other district property. Cullison, a member of the district executive committee is himself a licensed engineer familiar with the operation of the division.
 Cullison's first act after notifying District No. 1 -- MEBA/NMU contracted companies of the DEC decision was to reappoint Gordon Ward, the dissident Licensed Division chairman who led the dissident move, and to appoint Thomas Harper of the Radio Operators Union, and himself to the board of trustees of the MEBA Benefit Plan, Pension Plan, Medical and Benefits Plan, Vacation Plan and the MEBA Training Plan.
 Cullison said he was keeping Ward as a plan trustee because "we are interested in protecting the integrity of the plans rather than simply denying anyone -- Mr. Ward included -- a voice in their operations." "Ward," said Cullison, "is the elected Licensed Division chairman and while he has demonstrated an inability to operate within the law in that position, I am not prepared to make a judgment at this time on his performance as a plan trustee."
 Cullison said he will make additional appointments in the near future. These will include temporary members of the Licensed Division council as well as branch agents in those ports where the incumbents are working actively with Ward to destroy the union.
 He also indicated that he will set a date for new Licensed Division elections as soon as the situation has stabilized and all Licensed Division and District No. 1 -- MEBA/NMU property has been secured.
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 /CONTACT: David Keene of District No. 1 -- MEBA/NMU, 703-684-0550/ CO: District No. 1 -- MEBA/NMU ST: District of Columbia IN: MAR SU:


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