Guild Members | Rules for Nomination and Election to fill Vacancy in Position of Secretary and Vice Chairs at The Nation Unit
In a nomination meeting at The Nation on June 6, 2018, one Guild member was nominated to fill the open Secretary position. Member Vivian Gomez-Morillo was nominated to serve as Secretary.
Three members were nomiated to fill the open Vice Chair positions. Rose D'Amora was nominated for Vice Chair, Caitlin Graf was nominated for Vice Chair, Christopher Shay was nominated for Vice Chair
Additional nominees may be made under the following rules:
Rules for Nomination and Election to fill Vacancy in Position of Secretary of The Nation Unit
The nomination and election to fill a vacancy in Unit Chair position in The Nation Unit shall be conducted in accordance with the Bylaws of the NewsGuild of New York and Federal Law.
Section 1 - Officers to be elected
Secretary, The Nation Unit
Vice Chairs, The Nation Unit
Section 2 - Election Date
In the event of a contest, an election shall be held entirely by mail among members of The Nation unit, with results to be tallied on July 21, 2018. The following position shall be voted upon: Secretary and Vice Chairs, The Nation
Section 3 - Term of Office
The member(s) shall be elected to fulfill the remainder of the current term, ending October 31, 2019.
Section 4 - Nominations
(a) A nomination meeting was held on June 6, 2018. Notice of the date, time, and location of that meeting was posted on the local website, in shop papers e-mailed to The Nation membership, and on the union bulletin boards at the employer ten days before the meeting date.
(b) To be nominated, a unit member must be in good standing as of May 7, 2018. To be nominated, a unit member must be nominated by a member who was in good standing as of May 7, 2018. To be nominated, a unit member’s nomination must receive a second from a unit member in good standing as of May 7, 2018. Self-nomination is permitted.
(c) In addition to at the nominations meeting, nomin
(d) For all nominations, the nominator or his designee must provide Local Secretary-Treasurer with an email address and telephone number where the nominated candidate can be reached, and do so by no later than eight days after the nominationmeeting.
(e) The Guild will notify all nominated candidates of their nomination. For a nominated candidate to appear on the ballot, the Guild must receive written confirmation of the candidate’s willingness to run by no later than June 14, 2018.
(f) If, at the close of the period for nominations, only one person is nominated for the position, that member shall be declared elected without contest.
Section 5 - Local Election Committee
The election in every unit shall be supervised by the Local Election Committee. No candidate for Unit office may serve on the Local Election Committee.
Section 6 - Election Notice
An election notice and mail ballot will be mailed to all Guild members twenty-one days before the due date for the return of ballots.
Section 7 - The Ballot
a) The Local Election Committee shall supervise and be responsible for the preparation of the ballot. The ballot shall be arranged so that the voter will have the choice of voting for individual candidates by marking boxes to the left of each candidate’s name.
b) In designing the ballot, the Local Election Committee will place candidate names in alphabetical order.
Section 8 - Voter Eligibility
All Unit members in good standing as of May 7, 2018 may vote in their Unit election. Instructions for members not receiving a ballot on how to obtain a duplicate ballot will be provided on the Guild’s website.
Section 9 - Voting Procedure and Ballot Count
a) The election will be conducted by mail ballot.
b) The AAA, under the supervision of the Local Election Committee, shall mail ballot packages to all members by no later than July 6, 2018. For a ballot to be counted, a voter must mail the ballot back, in conformity with the voting instructions, so that it is received at the AAA Post Office Box by no later than 1:00 p.m. on July 20, 2018
c) The ballots shall be collected at the AAA Post Office box by 1:00 p.m. on July 20, 2018. At least one representative of the Election Committee, and interested candidates and/or their observers may accompany the AAA personnel when they empty the AAA’s Post Office Box.
d) AAA will tally the ballots. The count will continue until completed. The Election Committee will supervise the process to ensure that only ballots of eligible members are counted, using an up-to-date eligibility list.
e) The results shall be certified by the Chairperson of the Local Election Committee and immediately sent to the Local Secretary-Treasurer.
f)The ballot envelope shall contain an instruction slip. It shall state: “After marking your vote on the enclosed ballot, fold it face in. Do not otherwise mark the ballot. Do not put your name or any other identification on the ballot. Place the folded ballot in the smaller envelope and seal it. Do not sign or otherwise mark the smaller envelope containing the ballot. Place the smaller envelope containing the ballot in the addressed return envelope. Sign and print your name on the designated lines in the addressed return (outer) envelope (hand written and hand printed signatures only). No ballots returned in an unsigned outer envelope will be counted. Only ballots in the official return envelopes in the Post Office Box by designated due date will be counted.
Section 10 - Unit Election Disputes
Unit election disputes shall be decided by the Local Election Committee. All election protests and appeals of any nature must be received by the Local Election Committee no later than seven (7) days after the ballot count at 7:30 p.m. Such protests should be emailed to Local Election Committee counsel at email@example.com. Appeals from rulings of the Local Election Committee shall be made to the Local Executive Committee, and must be received by the Local Executive Committee by no later than 7:00 p.m. fourteen (14) days after the ballot count. Such protests should be emailed to the Local Executive Committee, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section 11 - Campaign Procedures
All candidates must be treated equally by the union regarding the opportunity to campaign. Union and employer resources may not be directly or indirectly used to support the candidacy of any candidate. Union officers and employees may not campaign on time paid for by the union, and members may not campaign on time paid for by the employer. Union members may support the candidate of their choice, and in the exercise of that right, may not be subject to penalty, discipline, or reprisal of any kind by the Guild.
Section 12 - Inspection of Membership Lists
Once within 30 days prior to the mailing of ballots, each candidate has the right to inspect a list containing the names and last known addresses of all Guild-represented members subject to a collective bargaining agreement which covers the employees of the Unit. No candidate may photocopy the list. The list will be maintained at the Guild office in New York, New York. Any candidate wishing to inspect the list must contact Vincent Mallozzi, Guild Secretary-Treasurer, or Max Perez, Administrative Assistant, at 212-575-1580, to schedule an appointment.
Section 13 - Distribution of Campaign Literature
The Guild will comply with reasonable requests by a candidate to distribute campaign literature at the expense of the candidate. Any candidate who wishes to mail campaign literature must contact Eddie Acosta at Candid Litho. His e-mail address is email@example.com and his phone number is 212-431-3800. Payment instructions and terms, prices, and other instructions and requirements will be set and provided by Mr. Acosta. Candidates may also send e-mails to the personal e-mail addresses which the Guild has. The vendor for this service is AMFAX Corporation. The contact person there is John Petallides. You can reach him at 212-785-5900 or 917-806-345
Section 14 - Observers
Each candidate is entitled to have observers present when ballots are stuffed and mailed, picked up, and counted. A candidate may act as her own observer.
Section 15 - Preservation of Records
The Guild will preserve records of all Unit elections for one year.
Section 16 - Notification of Membership
The Guild will notify the Unit membership of the results of their Unit election in its Unit newsletter, and on its website.
Section 17 - Retention of AAA
The Committee may retain the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) to help with the mailing and counting of unit election ballots.
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