DETROIT — UAW President Ray Curry, who trails as the final votes are being counted in the union's first direct election of leadership, has filed a protest saying thousands of members were disenfranchised and that the winner of one regional director race was ineligible.
Curry's team, in a statement Friday, said there are "a number of significant issues that have come to light recently that call the election into question and require immediate investigation." Curry trails challenger Shawn Fain in a runoff that has been unsettled for two weeks while officials work to verify more than 1,600 challenged ballots.
Fain has all but claimed victory in the race, which is being overseen by the federal monitor that was a condition of the UAW's corruption settlement with the Department of Justice. The monitor has not released an update on the vote count, but Fain's camp, which has observers in the room where the tally is happening, said he leads by 505 votes with fewer than 600 challenged ballots left.
"By now the writing is on the wall: Change is coming to the UAW," Fain said in a statement late Thursday.