Media was watching the Gilbert vote. Here are excerpts from two stories:
From Arizona Republic reporter Parker Leavitt:
One month before a crucial union vote, the Town Council voted 6-1 to raise the threshold for recertification, requiring approval from two-thirds of all eligible employees rather than a simple majority of ballots cast.
“If you look at the Town Council, they wouldn’t dare hold themselves to that standard,” said Don Carr, president of Service Employees International Union Arizona. “You are saying that people who don’t vote are essentially voting no, which is not the way you typically run elections in America.”
In a council election last March, for example, top vote-getter Eddie Cook received 8,286 votes, a slim majority of all ballots cast. But Cook received votes from only 7 percent of all 115,865 registered voters in Gilbert at the time. If held to the same standard he voted to impose on the unions, Cook would have needed 68,958 additional votes to win election.
From EastValleyTribune.com reporter Michelle Reese:
Groups that represent town workers were told in December that they had to have a “supermajority” vote of all workers to retain their rights to collectively meet with management on workplace issues.
Though 87.8 percent of those in the SEIU who cast a ballot did so in favor of keeping the negotiations process, according to results released Monday, it was not enough.