Pursuant to a voluntary compliance agreement between the United States Department of Labor (DOL) OLMS and Communications Workers Local 31003, The Newspaper Guild of New York (TNGNY), a new election will be conducted for the offices of: President, Secretary-Treasurer, Local Chairperson, 2nd Vice President, 3rd Vice President, RA Chair; and 16 Executive Board Member positions, which were challenged in the November 13, 2013 election conducted by Communications Workers Local 31003, TNGNY, with new nominations only for those offices, if any, which may become uncontested because candidates from the challenged election choose not to run or are unable to run in the new election. The new election is to be conducted, under the supervision of the Secretary of Labor and in accordance with Title IV of the LMRDA, and insofar as lawful and practicable, in conformity with your union's constitution and bylaws on or before September 30, 2014.
DOL has notified candidates who ran in the election held in the fall of 2013 of this new election, and asked them to advise it if they wish to run in this new election. If both candidates for a position advise the DOL that they will run in this new election, there will be no new nominations for that position. If one or both candidates for a position advise the DOL that they do not wish to run in this new election, there will be nominations for that position. For Executive Board Member positions, the top 16 vote recipients will be elected, regardless of any slate affiliation.
For all positions for which there will be nominations, any Guild member in good standing as of June 30, 2014 may make or second nominations. Self-nominations are permitted, and seconds are required. To be nominated, a member must be in good standing as of June 30, 2014. A nomination meeting for positions for which there will be nominations will be held on July 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., at the Guild office, at 1500 Broadway. Nominating speeches shall be limited to one minute each. Seconding speeches shall be limited to ten seconds each. For positions for which there will be nominations, nominations shall be made in the following order: President, Secretary-Treasurer, Local Chairperson, 2nd Vice President, 3rd Vice President, RA Chair, and 16 Executive Board Member positions.
Additional nominations may be made by write-in. Write-in nominations must be signed by a member in good standing, and arrive at the Office of Labor-Management Standards/New York District Office (see address below) by 12:00 p.m. on July 10, 2014, the date of the nominations meeting. They can be delivered via US Mail, overnight mail, via fax at 646 264 3191, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (as long as the sender attaches a letter signed by a member in good standing) or by hand to the attention of Investigator Gregg Cautero at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards, 201 Varick Street, Room 878, New York, NY 10014.
Nominations can either be seconded at the nomination meeting or they can be seconded in writing. Rules for written seconds must be made and delivered in the same manner in which write-in nominations will be made, and they must be signed by a member in good standing.
Investigator Gregg Cautero shall notify all candidates – those nominated on July 10, 2014, those nominated via write-in, and those running by virtue of being candidates in the election held in the fall of 2013 election – of their candidacy, and must receive confirmation from each nominee in writing or via email, no later than July 17, 2014, at 5:00 p.m., of their willingness to run for office. Confirmation is required.
In the event of a contest, the Local election shall be held entirely by mail ballot.
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