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The votes are in for the American Federation of Government Employees local 987 and Robert Tidwell's ticket takes the top spot again.

After an election appeal because ballots were found in a trash can, the AFGE local 987 held a second election and more people came out to cast their votes.

"It was a landslide the people spoke and it resonated this time," says Vice President-elect Charles Howard.

Robert Tidwell took more than 68 percent of the votes over incumbent President Tom Scott.

"By the turn out again here tonight it shows that our folks are ready for a change and are ready to move forward for Robins Air Force Base," says Tidwell.

Howard took more than 67 percent of the votes over incumbent VP Charlie Tripis.

"We've got to work together to put in place a program and an implantation of a plan to really put Robins back where it was, a leader in the aircraft industry not a follower," says Howard.

"Tonight was clearly another victory for the Robins workforce not only was it a victory for Robins Air Force Base, it was a victory for all of the members that make up local 987," says Secretary-elect Eric Langston.

82-year-old Sadie Wooden Holt started the local 987 back in the '60s and says the union is a family. "The more people that you have together that stand together it means more," says Holt.

Tidwell explains his next step. "We've got to rebuild local 987, we've got to start working together as a team, " says Tidwell.

He says he'll implement a conflict resolution training class to help alleviate the grievances filed on Robins Air Force Base.

Congressman Austin Scott told 13WMAZ he believed there had been a change in the attitude of the new leadership team led by Robert Tidwell over the last few months.


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