Do you have an officer election coming up? Don't forget the importance of nominations. Failing to properly identify candidates at the beginning of the election process can cause you to start all over again at additional expense to your union.
Federal law requires that you notify all members in good standing in sufficient time to permit them to nominate candidates of their choice. The notice must be reasonably calculated to inform all members of the offices to be filled in the election and the time and place of nominations. The notice must also fully inform members of the proper method of making nominations. You may mail, email, post, or publish the notice in your union newsletter, or you may use a combination of these methods as long as you choose a method designed to reach all of your members. Don't simply rely on the method that others have used in the past. Make sure that your notice meets the requirements of your constitution and federal regulations.
If being physically present at a nomination meeting in order to place or accept a nomination is likely to prevent members from participating, consider alternative methods such as accepting nominations by mail, email, or Internet. Don't jeopardize your election by insisting on one method of placing nominations that may limit participation.
Most union constitutions and bylaws require that members be in good standing in order to place a nomination. Be certain that you have the necessary records to determine the eligibility of nominators at the time of nominations.
Finally, you must determine whether those nominated meet the requirements to run for office, but that's a topic for another day.
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