Friday, October 22, 2010

Important WTU Election Information

WTU Members:

Please read the below important message from Al Squire, administrator of the Washington Teachers' Union. Thank you.
It has come to my attention that WTU members are being encouraged to request duplicate ballots for reasons other than those specifically outlined in the published election procedures.
As a reminder, eligible members may request a duplicate ballot only if:

- you have not received a ballot;

- the ballot package you received is not complete; or

- your ballot has been lost, damaged or spoiled.
If you need a ballot for those stated reasons, please call Maria Landi at the American Arbitration Association at 800/273-0726. If you call after hours, you may leave a message with your address, and a ballot will be sent to you.
Remember, your ballot must be received by AAA by 4 p.m., on October 27. As always, please direct questions about the election to me, Al Squire, at 202/393-5673.

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