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 October 31, 2019

Dear UAW Member,

The Guide Position on the Executive Board of UAW 4121 has become vacant, and we are now taking nominations for a Vacancy Election to fill it for a term ending May 31, 2022. This is an opportunity to take a leadership position in our union.

This position is open to any Academic Student Employee (Graduate or Undergraduate) as well as any Postdoc. If you are an ASE, to be eligible to run for this position you must (a) have been a member in good standing with UAW 4121 for at least one (1) year at the time of accepting nomination, and (b) not currently be holding any other elected position within the union. If you are a Postdoc, to run for this position you must (a) be a member at the time of accepting nomination, and (b) not be currently holding any other elected position within the union.

All eligible members are automatically nominated for this position. This means that you do not have to be nominated by someone else; to run for the position, you simply have to accept your automatic nomination. Please reply to us at elections@uaw4121.org to accept nomination.

  • Nomination Period: Thursday, October 31st – Sunday November 10th at 5:00 PM PDT
  • Candidate Statements Posted: Wednesday, November 13th (if contested)
  • Voting: Monday November 25th – Wednesday November 27th (for contested positions)
  • Runoff (If needed): Monday, December 2nd – Wednesday, December 4th


(all nomination and voting/runoff periods close at 5:00 PM Pacific Time)

Questions? Email us at elections@uaw4121.org.

Executive Board Responsibilities

The Executive Board meets at least once a month to coordinate Local strategies and campaigns and to carry out Local functions between membership meetings. Executive Board members are also responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of Local organizing. The terms of all Executive Board members will last until May 2022.

Longer descriptions of Executive Board positions are available in the UAW International Constitution, Article 40.

Accepting Nomination

To accept nomination for the above position, you must send your acceptance in an email to the Elections Committee at elections@uaw4121.org, or by mail to Elections Committee c/o UAW Local 4121, 2633 Eastlake Ave E, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98102.

Acceptance must be received by mail or email no later than November 10th at 5:00 PM. The written statement of acceptance should state how the nominee wishes their name to appear on the ballot.

Candidate Statements and Campaign Rules

Members accepting nomination may also submit a candidate statement (up to 500 words) to the Elections Committee that must be received by the nomination deadline of November 10th at 5:00 pm. Candidates may also submit a photo, which must have a square aspect ratio and be at least 200×200 pixels in resolution. In the case of contested positions, statements will be posted on the Local Union website no later than November 13th.

Candidates and those campaigning for them are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the rules governing elections and campaigns as laid out in the UAW 4121 Bylaws and the Constitution of the UAW International.

Election Procedure

If only one candidate accepts nomination for a position, that position will be uncontested and will be automatically filled. For contested positions, a candidate must receive a majority of votes to win.

Online voting by secret ballot will take place November 25th – 27th. Instructions for online voting will be emailed to all members before the voting and will be posted on www.uaw4121.org/elections.

If no candidate receives a majority of the votes for a position, a runoff election will be held December 2nd – 4th. Voting will take place online.

If you have graduated or left the University of Washington and are receiving this email in error, please email us at elections@uaw4121.org.

UAW Local 4121 Elections Committee 2019-2020
David Carlson
Victor Hu
Sarah Romano