Dear UAW Member,
Nominations for All Steward positions and several vacant Executive Board, ASE Head Steward, and Postdoc Head Steward positions in UAW 4121 are open Thursday, October 13th and will close on Sunday, October 23rd, at 5:00 p.m. PDT. This is an opportunity to take a leadership position in your department and in our union. All Steward terms are ending so there are many open positions!
All members who are in good standing are automatically nominated for open positions in their department. 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 fill out this google form to accept nomination for one position only.
The timeline for the elections is as follows:
- Nomination Period: Thursday 10/13 – Sunday 10/23 (October 23rd at 5:00 p.m. PDT is also the deadline to submit optional candidate statements and photos)
- Candidate Statements Posted: Sunday 10/30 (for contested positions)
- Voting: Monday 11/07 – Thursday 11/10 (for contested positions)
- Runoff (If needed): Monday 11/14 – Wednesday 11/16
(all nomination and voting/runoff periods close at 5:00 PM PDT/PST)
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steward Position and Eligibility Description
Currently, all Steward positions are open and ready for new members! If you are a current Steward and wish to continue, you must nominate yourself in this election. Stewards are responsible for serving as organizers and points of contact for their department. They help encourage people to join the union, spread information about upcoming events, direct department members to union resources, and help organize the ASEs in the department for collective actions that protect and expand our workplace rights. With the guidance of the contract enforcement committee, they can also represent and support colleagues through the grievance procedure if issues arise. Stewards receive training and support for both of these roles, so there’s no prior experience needed.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the position of Steward, you must have been a union member in good standing for at least ninety (90) days. You may not hold the position of Steward simultaneously with any other elected office (including Head Steward), with the exception of chairs of standing committees other than the Elections Committee. If you wish, you may resign your current position to run as a steward. Simply indicate this in your email to the Elections Committee.
If you have questions about the position or your eligibility, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com, and we can help put you in contact with a current steward to chat with. All Steward positions will last until September 2024.
Open Steward Positions
All steward positions are open. For a full list, please see HERE.
If you do not see your department listed, but believe there to be a vacancy, please contact the Elections Committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head Steward Position and Eligibility Description
Head Stewards represent their entire unit and meet quarterly (at minimum) as members of the Joint Council, alongside Head Stewards from other units and the Executive Board. Head Stewards also make up the bargaining team which bargains with the UW over our contract. There are currently 14 total ASE Head Steward positions and 5 total Postdoc Head Steward positions.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the position of Head Steward, you must have been a union member in continuous good standing for at least ninety (90) days. You may not hold the position of Head Steward simultaneously with any other elected office (including Steward), with the exception of chairs of standing committees other than the Elections Committee. If you wish, you may resign your current position to run as a Head Steward. Simply indicate this in your email to the Elections Committee.
If you have questions about the position or your eligibility, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com, and we can help put you in contact with a current Head Steward to chat with. The term of this Head Stewardship will last until May 2025.
Open Head Steward positions include: two (2) ASE Head Stewards, one (1) Postdoc Head Steward, one (1) ASE Unit Recording Secretary, one (1) Postdoc Unit Chair, and one (1) Postdoc Unit Recording Secretary.
Executive Board Positions and Eligibility Description
The open Executive Board position is At-Large Postdoc (PD). 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 2025. More detailed descriptions of these positions can be found in the UAW Constitution.
Eligibility: All candidates for Executive Board of the Local Union must be members and have been in continuous good standing for one (1) year prior to accepting nomination. No member may run for or hold more than one elected office simultaneously, with the exception of chairs of standing committees other than the Election Committee.
There is one (1) open At-Large position that must be filled by a Postdoc
To accept nomination for one of the above positions, you must fill out this Google form or send your acceptance 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 October 23rd at 5:00pm PDT. The written statement of acceptance should state how the nominee wishes their name to appear on the ballot and the region in which they are accepting the nomination, if applicable.
Candidate Statements and Campaign Rules
Members accepting nomination have the option to submit a candidate statement (up to 500 words) to the Election Committee via email to firstname.lastname@example.org that must be received by the nomination deadline of October 23rd at 5:00 pm PDT. Candidates also have the option to 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 October 30th.
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.
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.
If no candidate receives a majority of the votes for a position, a runoff election will be held November 14th – 16th. Voting will take place online.
Online voting by secret ballot will take place from November 7th – 10th. Instructions for online voting will be emailed to all members before the voting and will be posted on www.uaw4121.org/elections.
If you have graduated or left the University of Washington and are receiving this email in error, please email us at email@example.com.
UAW Local 4121 Election Committee 2022-2023
Eva Maxfield Brown