Due to a mailing error the “Notice of Officer Nominations”, sent in October, was not delivered to members in BOEC and the Portland Housing Bureau.
As a Result. the December General Membership Meeting, the Executive Board for Local 189 will be holding Nominations for positions on the Board.
Elections will be held in January for those positions that have multiple candidates nominated for that position. The Election Process will be determined by the Election Committee.
The new Officers will take office in February.
Below is a rundown of the bylaws in which the Election Committee will oversee the election:
A. To be eligible for election, a nominee must be a member in good standing of the local union in which the nominee seeks office
B. An Election Committee shall be established and shall have general responsibility for the conduct of the election in accordance with this Constitution and the constitution of the subordinate body. Any challenge concerning the eligibility of any nominee shall be referred to the Election Committee for decision and the decision shall be reported to the subordinate body prior to the election.
C. The Election Committee shall also report, as expeditiously as possible, the results of the balloting, together with recommendations regarding any protests which have been lodged regarding the conduct of the election. No member of the Election Committee may be a candidate for office.
D. The terms of office for officers of subordinate bodies shall be set forth in the constitution of each subordinate body, but may not exceed three years in the case of local union officers
E. Not less than fifteen days prior to the holding of nominations for local union officers, a notice of the nominations and elections shall be mailed to each member at the member’s last known home address.
F. Nominations may be made at a regular or special meeting by a local union member or by a council delegate. Nominations may also be made by a nominating committee, unless prohibited by the constitution of the subordinate body. Those nominated shall be afforded the opportunity to decline, and the name of any nominee who declines shall not appear on the ballot. Write-in votes shall not be valid for any purpose.
G. In any case where there is only one nominee for office, such nominee shall be declared elected. In all other cases, election shall be by secret ballot. All local union members or council delegates shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to vote.
H. Local union elections may be conducted at the same meeting as nominations or at the following meeting or by referendum, as provided in the local union constitution.
I. Upon completion of the voting, the ballots shall be tabulated and the candidate for each office receiving a majority of the votes cast for that office shall be declared elected.
J. Vacancies in office shall be filled in accordance with provisions of the constitution of the subordinate body.
K. All election records, including ballots, shall be retained by the subordinate body for at least one year after the election.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our Board members for more information.