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    Direct voting crosses threshold needed to win UAW referendum


    Direct voting crossed the threshold needed to prevail in a historic referendum on how the United Auto Workers union chooses its international leaders, according to preliminary results released Wednesday night.

    The win, if certified, would mean the upending of a decades-old system for electing international officials of the union, and amount to a major rebuke from rank-and-file members of union leadership that has been plagued by a corruption scandal.

    A victory for the “one member, one vote” movement within the union also would come amid renewed momentum in the U.S. labor movement that has seen workers across the country — including UAW members from manufacturing to higher education — going on strike and otherwise pushing for better wages, benefits and working conditions.

    The court-appointed UAW monitor in charge of overseeing the referendum did not immediately provide a new vote tally but said in an update on its website that as of 7:35 p.m. Wednesday, “the total number of votes in support of the direct voting system crossed a threshold that indicates that it will receive more votes than the delegate system and will prevail, pending final certification of the vote. The tabulation process will continue until every vote is counted and the unofficial results are announced.”

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