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FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS MEBA/NMU MERGER REFERENDUM TO GO FORWARD

 FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS MEBA/NMU MERGER REFERENDUM TO GO FORWARD
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- District No. 1-MEBA/NMU issued the following:
 In New York on Jan. 24, Federal District Judge Thomas A. Griesa ordered that the planned referendum on the 1988 MEBA/NMU merger go forward as planned, with only minor modifications.
 This merger referendum had been ordered earlier by Griesa as part of an agreement to resolve a dispute concerning the validity of the 1988 merger between District No. 1 of the National Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association and the National Maritime Union. The referendum had been strongly supported by the leadership of District No. 1-MEBA/NMU and a Special Convention of the District on Sept. 16 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which also approved ballot questions on procedures.
 However, on Jan. 15, MEBA dissidents in hastily called meetings around the country attempted to prevent the merger referendum by voting to secede from the district and then illegally attempted to take over many union halls by intimidation and force. As a result, the Licensed Division of District Nol. 1-MEBA/NMU, whose former leaders are part of the dissident faction, was placed under trusteeship, and district leaders continued to move forward toward carrying out the planned fair and impartial referendum.
 "Judge Griesa's order today," declared District President C.E. DeFries, "means that the merger referendum vote by all the members will go forward. It is a clear rejection of the dissident tactics of attempting to cancel the democratic referendum and intimidate the members."
 Judge Griesa did order the referendum to be held up one week in order to allow an opportunity for other explanatory literature to be included with the balloting material to be sent with the merger referendum ballot. Susan Souder, attorney for Licensed Division dissidents, was present but disclaimed any representation for any party in the proceedings.
 Griesa also ruled that the period of the referendum would be shortened to 53 days, due to regularly scheduled union convention dates and his stay of seven days for the ballot mailing.
 DeFries stated that the "referendum will be held under the fair, impartial and democratic conditions ordered by Judge Griesa. His decision today shows that illegal activities, intimidation and coercion by a dissident minority


cannot stop union democracy and the right of the members, all the members, to a fair, free referendum." "Hopefully," he said, "the dissidents now will stop trying to circumvent the judge's order and let the members speak on this merger which is vital to the future of the union and the jobs of all members."
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 /CONTACT: David Keene of District No. 1-MEBA/NMU, 703-684-0550/ CO: District No. 1-MEBA/NMU ST: New York IN: MAR SU:


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