Bargaining Team Nominations and Elections



 2015-2017 Bargaining Teams
Nominations and Elections Procedure

for General Government and Higher Education

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OVERVIEW

Careful and serious consideration should be given before any member considers nominating someone or serving on the bargaining team.

Below is the description of the role of WFSE Bargaining Teams and individual Bargaining Team Members in the negotiations process:

  • The bargaining teams will develop the initial bargaining proposal to be presented to the employer, and then negotiate with the State of Washington or the respective Institution of Higher Education. The bargaining teams approve final contract language for membership ratification or recommend rejection of the tentative agreement or final employer offer.  The bargaining teams at the table have the power to alter, modify, change, or concede on all issues to obtain the best possible language, and reach a tentative agreement, or declare that the team has reached an impasse. The bargaining teams have the power to refer specific issues to supplemental committees.
  • Bargaining team members are to be accountable, be committed to the process, be open-minded and realistic, be available, and to identify experts or specialists in specific agency issues, contracting, classifications, and other subject matters. The bargaining team members will be responsible for direct communications with members and reporting out in worksites regarding the progress of negotiations.  Bargaining team members must be willing to share their contact information with the members they are representing at the table. Bargaining team members will be responsible for communicating with assigned groups of employees.  Bargaining team members will work with Council field staff in scheduling meetings and will be accountable for content, update, and mobilization, as determined by the bargaining team.  Bargaining team members are required to spend additional time educating the membership when they are not at the bargaining table.  Bargaining team members must abide by all rules of conduct established by their respective teams. Being a bargaining team member means spending a lot of time over many months (sometimes late into the evening) negotiating, researching, and communicating.

ELECTIONS

Elections for general government and higher education bargaining teams will be by mail ballot in accordance with the following procedures.

NOTE: The timeline for Renton Community College will be in accordance with their negotiating cycle, not the dates below.

  1. Those eligible for nomination will be members in good standing and currently employed in a General Government or Higher Education WFSE bargaining unit.
  2. Nominations will be accepted from any WFSE member eligible for nomination. Eligible WFSE members may nominate themselves or another eligible WFSE member in the same Policy Group, Institution of Higher Education (except UW), or University of Washington bargaining unit/off-site location.
  3. Call for nominations will be mailed to all eligible members and available on the WFSE website (see form below) no later than May 3, 2013.
  4. Nomination forms must be filled in completely and must include the nominator and nominee names, work locations and contact phone numbers. Nominations received without the required information will not be accepted.
  5. Information on the nomination form must be legible.
  6. Nominations must be received, by mail or via the WFSE website (using the form below), at Council 28 Headquarters no later than 5:00 pm on May 20, 2013.
  7. An attempt will be made to contact each nominee (unless self nominated) to give him/her the opportunity to decline the nomination. If the nominee cannot be reached or does not respond, his/her name will be placed on the ballot. If the nominee declines the nomination, his/her name will not be placed on the ballot.
  8. Nominees may provide factual information not to exceed 75 words regarding themselves for use during the election process. This information must be received at WFSE Headquarters no later than 5:00 pm on May 24, 2013. NOTE: An online Nominee Information form is located below.
  9. Those eligible to vote will be the same as those eligible to be nominated.
  10. Ballots will include voting instructions and names of eligible nominees, in alphabetical order and will be sent to all members eligible to vote at the address WFSE has on file as of May 31, 2013. Ballots for the University of Washington will include voting instructions and names of eligible nominees, in alphabetical order, and job classification. Included with the ballots, but on separate paper, will be factual information on each nominee, if provided by the nominee. Also included will be an envelope for the ballot and a postage-paid envelope for return to Council 28 Headquarters.
  11. The election of bargaining team members by Policy Group and Institution of Higher Education or Higher Education part-time/hourly or University of Washington bargaining unit/off-site location shall be determined by the highest number of votes cast per nominee and shall not require a majority of the votes cast. Ties will be decided by run off. Alternates shall be ranked by the number of votes cast per nominee in the election.
  12. If there are equal to or fewer nominees than team positions for a Policy Group, Institution of Higher Education or Higher Education part-time/hourly or University of Washington bargaining unit/off-site location then no balloting will be required, and the nominees will be declared elected by acclamation. (See Bargaining Structure “Election of Bargaining Teams” for positions available)
  13. Ballots will be mailed no later than June 5, 2013.
  14. The deadline for ballots to be received in the WFSE Headquarters office will be 5:00 p.m. on June 20, 2013. Ballots will be counted beginning June 21, 2013 until completed.
  15. All ballots will be in two envelopes so each person voting can be verified during the count and any invalid ballots can be easily identified while maintaining confidentiality of the ballots. The outside envelope must bear the voters full name and address.
  16. Individuals elected without run off will be notified in writing no later than June 30, 2013. The results of the elections will be published in the WFSE newspaper by Council 28 and sent to all members eligible to vote. Results will be available for inquiry at Council 28 Headquarters prior to publication.
  17. Any candidate whose name is to appear on the ballot may have an official observer present of her/his own choosing (who must be a member of the WFSE) in the location ballots bearing her/his name are to be counted. The candidate shall notify Council 28 Headquarters of his or her choice of observer.
  18. Any protest concerning the conduct of the election must be received, in writing, at Council 28 Headquarters addressed to the Council 28 Elections Committee by 5:00 pm July 1, 2013.

‘15-‘17 Bargaining Timeline adopted by Council 28 Collective Bargaining Committee 3/13/13
‘15-‘17 Bargaining Timeline adopted by Council 28 Executive Board 4/6/13

NOMINATIONS

Download and use this form – OR – use the online nominations form below to submit your nomination for election to the 2015-2017 contract bargaining team no later than May 20, 2013.

Bargaining team members must be dues-paying union members in good standing and a member of a bargaining unit.

Please refer to 2015-2017 Bargaining Structure for specific information as to the composition of the bargaining team.

Team Member Responsibilities:

Bargaining team members are to be accountable, be committed to the process, be open-minded and realistic, be available, and to identify experts or specialists in specific agency issues, contracting, classifications, and other subject matters. The bargaining team members will be responsible for direct communications with members and reporting out in worksites regarding the progress of negotiations. Bargaining team members must be willing to share their contact information with the members they are representing at the table. Bargaining team members will be responsible for communicating with assigned groups of employees. Bargaining team members will work with Council field staff in scheduling meetings and will be accountable for content, update, and mobilization, as determined by the bargaining team. Bargaining team members are required to spend additional time educating the membership when they are not at the bargaining table. Bargaining team members must abide by all rules of conduct established by their respective teams. Being a bargaining team member means spending a lot of time over many months (sometimes late into the evening) negotiating, researching, and communicating.

Careful and serious consideration should be given to these responsibilities before any member considers nominating someone or serving on the bargaining team.


NOMINATIONS FORM

Deadline May 20, 2013

<*Required information. If not provided, nomination cannot be considered.>
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NOMINEE INFORMATION

If you have been nominated and wish to submit information about why members should elect you, please use the form below to submit your message.

Deadline May 24, 2013

Submit, in 75 words or less, information to be included with the ballot to tell members why they should vote for you.

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