AFSCME local re-elects Middleton Marciszewski loses Local 44 challenge

September 22, 1992|By William F. Zorzi Jr. | William F. Zorzi Jr.,Staff Writer

Glenard S. Middleton Sr., the incumbent president of the third-largest Baltimore City employee labor union, is the unofficial winner of an election for control of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 44.

Mr. Middleton won the three-way vote for Local 44 president with 235 votes, union officials said yester- day.

His closest opponent, Anthony P. Marciszewski, received 137 votes.

Benny Wilkes Sr., 60, an automotive truck mechanic for the Department of Public Works' Central Garage, finished third in the Sunday election with 17 votes.

He was trying for the second time to dislodge Mr. Middleton.

Mr. Marciszewski, 34, motor equipment lead mechanic at the Fire Department's Key Highway shop, had challenged Mr. Middleton's control of Local 44, complaining that the current union leadership was not responsive to the 4,300-employee membership, primarily made up of municipal blue-collar workers.

Local 44 had tried to keep Mr. Marciszewski's name off the ballot, maintaining that he was ineligible to run.

However, that matter was resolved late last week when the local agreed to include his name after his lawyers sued for an injunction in federal court.

Mr. Marciszewski's nine-member New Direction ticket lost across the board to Mr. Middleton's, said Michael C. A. McPherson, deputy executive director of AFSCME Council 67.

Mr. McPherson is an assistant to Mr. Middleton, who is executive director of Council 67 in addition to being the president of Local 44.

Mr. McPherson noted that the vote will remain unofficial until Local 44's election committee finalizes a report to the general membership, which must approve the report.

That, he said, was the reason Mr. Middleton's ticket was not sworn in Sunday night.

Peter J. Moralis, area director for AFSCME international's Maryland and District of Columbia district, said he expected protests to belodged by more than one of the losers within the 10 days required by the union's constitution.

Under the constitution, "the election committee will have to examine the protests that have some substantiation," said Mr. Moralis, the international's observer at the election.

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