IMPORTANT Information for Executive Board Elections

    Nominations for President, Secretary-Treasurer and Recorder by Petition

    As per the Local Union bylaws Article XII- Sections C, D, E, F and G nominations for the positions of President, Secretary-Treasurer and Recorder are to be conducted by petition in accordance with the following provisions contained in the bylaws.

    Section C.  Not less than 30 days prior to the deadline for the receipt of nomination petition, notice shall be mailed by the Local Union to each member at the member’s last known home address, setting forth the manner for conducting the nominations, the actual number of signatures required for nomination petitions, the deadline date for the receipt of petitions, and all other relevant requirements for the filing of petitions, including what each petition is required to contain.

    Section D.  No person shall be eligible for nomination or election to any office unless such person is:

    1. An active member in the Local Union, who has been an active member in the Local Union, or who has been a member of another organization merged with the Local Union, for a continuous aggregate of at least 12 months immediately preceding the month in which the deadline for receipt of nomination petitions occur, or;
    2. An active member in the Local Union who has been an active member in the International Union continuously for at least 24 months immediately preceding the month in which the deadline for receipt of nomination petitions occur.

    Any member satisfying the eligibility requirements of this Section must maintain continuous active membership in the Local Union to remain eligible to run for or hold elected office.

    Section E. 1. Nominations shall be conducted by petition. Nomination of a member for a specific office shall require the signature of 2 percent of the average monthly active membership of the Local Union, based on the number of active members on which the Local Union pays per capita tax to the International Union, for the twelve-month period ending with the next to last month prior to the month in which the notice of nominations is mailed to the membership.

    1. Each petition shall indicate the member who is being nominated and the specific office for which he or she is being nominated. Any petition may nominate more than one member for office, provided that each member is being nominated for a different office and that the office for which each member is being nominated is specifically indicated. Each petition shall contain the signature, printed name, and other identifying information, as determined by the general chairperson of the election, of each member signing the petition.

    Section F. 1. Members nominated for office shall not appear on the election ballot unless the general chairperson of the election has received, within seven days following their nomination, written acceptance thereof.

    1. Petitions shall be filed at the Local Union office by mail or in person. The original signatures are required to be filed, and transmission by facsimile, computer, or other form of electronic transmission shall not be valid.
    2. If a signature on any petition is not accompanied by a printed name or the other identifying information required by the general chairperson, but the identity of the member can be determined from the signature, the signature shall be deemed valid and shall be counted.

    Based on the twelve-month period average that per capita is paid to the International Union the required number of valid signatures of active members as defined in Article 4(B) of the Canada constitution shall be 522.

    Original petitions must be received at any of the five Local 401 Union Offices in Alberta no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 22, 2016. Petitions that are mailed must be mailed to the Edmonton Union office attention Larry Zima and contain a postmark of no later than July 22, 2016. Local Union office addresses are:

    Edmonton                   14040- 128 Ave, Edmonton, T5L 4M8

    Calgary                        #102, 2635- 37 Ave N.E., Calgary, T1Y 5Z6

    Fort McMurray         #205, 9914 Morrison Street, Fort McMurray, T9H 4A4

    Lethbridge                  #104, 3305 18 Ave N, Lethbridge, T1H 5S1

    Brooks                          P.O Box 1148, 631A Sutherland Drive East, Brooks, T1R 1B9

     

    Petitions shall include the name(s) of the nominee, the position that they are being nominated for, the printed name of the nominator, the address of the nominator, the company and work unit of the nominator’s employer, the nominator’s employee # (if known) and a signature of the nominator. In order to be nominated for the position of President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Recorder a member has to meet the requirements as defined in Section D above.

    Petitions are available at any UFCW 401 Office.

    Nominations of Vice-Presidents and Elections of Officers

    Complete and updated dates, times and locations for nomination meetings and voting is provided below. With the recent situation that has happened in the Wood Buffalo region the Election Committee has made a decision to plan for nominations and votes in all areas that have Civeo camps in the region regardless if the camp is currently operating or not. This decision required a few changes to the prior schedule that was contained in the Your Voice magazine that was mailed to members in the beginning of June. If a camp is not operating at a scheduled date for a meeting there would be no meeting at that location.

    If you have any questions on the nomination and/or the election process please contact the Election Chairperson, Larry Zima, at the Edmonton Union office 780-452-0362 or toll-free 1-800-252-7975.

    Nominations for Vice Presidents

    As per the Local Union’s bylaws Article VII nominations and elections will be held for eighteen (18) Vice-Presidents geographically divided throughout the province as follows:

    Vice Presidents 1,2,3,4,5 – Representing Edmonton and Area.

    Vice-President 6 – Local Staff Representative.

    Vice Presidents 7,8,9,10,11, and 12 – Representing Calgary and Area, Canmore, and Banff.

    Vice Presidents 13 & 14 – Representing Southern Alberta – Including but not limited to Lethbridge and Taber.

    Vice Presidents 15 & 16 – Representing South Eastern Alberta – Including but not limited to Brooks and Medicine Hat.

    Vice President 17 – Representing Central Alberta – Including but not limited to Red Deer and Area, Olds, Camrose, Wetaskiwin and Lloydminster.

    Vice President 18 – Representing Northern Alberta – Including but not limited to Fort McMurray and Area, Grande Prairie, Fox Creek Area, Athabasca Area and Hinton.

     

    You may be nominated to a position if you have been an affiliated member since June 30, 2015 with UFCW Local 401 or a member with the International Union since June 30, 2014. You must be nominated in a location for the applicable Vice President seat you are running for.

    Any members who wish to be nominated as a candidate to the Executive Board and have been on WCB, Weekly Indemnity, or any leave of absence, etc., must submit payment of your weekly union dues, from the beginning of the leave up to the date of election, to the Edmonton Union office by no later than 2:00 p.m. on July 22nd, 2016. 

    Nomination meetings will be held at the following locations and dates. Meetings will start promptly at the appropriate time listed for each location.

     

                Location Nomination
    Date
    Nomination Times Where Address
    Calgary Monday, July 11, 2016 11 AM & 6 PM Glenmore Inn 2720 Glenmore Trail SE
     

    Civeo MacKay Lodge

     

    Monday, July 11, 2016

     

    11 AM & 4 PM

     

    On site – see Union board

     

    Edmonton

     

    Monday, July 11, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    UFCW 401 Office

     

    14040 128 Avenue

     

    Grande Prairie

     

    Monday, July 11, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    Holiday Inn Express

     

    10226 117 Avenue

     

    Medicine Hat

     

    Monday, July 11, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    Holiday Inn Express

     

    9 Strachan Bay SE

     

    Canmore

     

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    Holiday Inn

     

    1 Silvertip Trail

     

    Civeo Athabasca Lodge

     

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

     

    1 PM & 6 PM

     

    On site – see Union board

     

    Civeo Beaver River Executive Lodge

     

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

     

    11 AM & 4 PM

     

    On site – see Union board

     

    Lloydminster

     

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    Holiday Inn

     

    5612 44 Street

     

    Taber

     

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    Heritage Inn

     

    4830 46 Avenue

     

    Banff

     

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    Banff Ptarmigan Inn

     

    337 Banff Avenue

     

    Camrose

     

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    Ramada Inn

     

    4702 73 Street

     

    Fort McMurray

     

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    Union Office

     

    205 – 9914 Morrison Street

     

    Lethbridge

     

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    UFCW 401 Office

     

    #104, 3305 18 Avenue N

     

    Athabasca

     

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

     

    6:30 PM

     

    Days Inn

     

    2805 48th Avenue

     

    Brooks

     

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    UFCW 401 Office

     

    631A Sutherland Drive East

     

    Civeo Pebble Beach Camp

     

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

     

    11 AM & 4 PM

     

    On site – see Union board

     

    Civeo Wapasu Creek Lodge- West

     

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

     

    1 PM & 6 PM

     

    On site – see Union board

     

    Hinton

     

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    Holiday Inn

     

    393 Gregg Avenue

     

    Red Deer

     

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

     

    11 AM & 6 PM

     

    Red Deer Lodge

     

    4311 49 Avenue

    Civeo Henday Lodge Friday, July 15, 2016 11 AM & 4 PM On site – see Union board
     

    Civeo Wapasu Creek Lodge- Main & East

     

    Friday, July 15, 2016

     

    1 PM & 6 PM

     

    On site – see Union board

     

    Civeo Anzac Lodge

     

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

     

    11 AM & 4 PM

     

    On site – see Union board

     

    Civeo Conklin Lodge

     

    Monday, July 18, 2016

     

    11 AM & 4 PM

     

    On site – see Union board

     

    Civeo Kaybob Camp

     

    not applicable

     

    Voting Times and Locations

     

    In accordance with the International Constitution, Article 35, and in the Local Union Bylaws Article XII, please be notified hereby that we will be conducting elections for the officers’ positions of the Local Union.

    Election voting will be held on the following locations and dates. Voting times are listed below for each location. 

    Location Vote Date Vote Times Where Address
     

    SP #2- Civeo Conklin

    Tuesday August 2 11 AM to 1 PM on site- see Union board
     

    SP #3- Civeo Anzac

    Tuesday August 2 3 PM to 5 PM on site- see Union board
     

    SP #4- Civeo Beaver River Executive Lodge

    Wednesday August 3 9 AM to 10:45 AM on site- see Union board
     

    SP #5- Civeo Athabasca

    Wednesday August 3 11 AM to 1 PM on site- see Union board
     

    SP #6- Civeo MacKay

    Wednesday August 3 3 PM to 4:30 PM on site- see Union board
     

    Calgary

    Monday August 8 11 AM to 6 PM Glenmore Inn 2720 Glenmore Trail SE
     

    Civeo MacKay Lodge

    Monday August 8 11 AM to 5 PM on site- see Union board
     

    Grande Prairie

    Monday August 8 11 AM to 6 PM Holiday Inn Express 10226 117 Ave
     

    Medicine Hat

    Monday August 8 11 AM to 6 PM Holiday Inn Express 9 Strachan Bay SE
     

    Canmore

    Tuesday August 9 11 AM to 6 PM Holiday Inn 1 Silvertip Trail
     

    Civeo Athabasca

    Tuesday August 9 11 AM to 5 PM on site- see Union board
     

    Edmonton

    Tuesday August 9 11 AM to 6 PM UFCW 401 Office 14040 128 Avenue
     

    Taber

    Tuesday August 9 11 AM to 6 PM Heritage Inn 4830 46 Ave
     

    Banff

    Wednesday August 10 11 AM to 6 PM Banff Ptarmigan Inn 337 Banff Ave
     

    Civeo Beaver River Executive Lodge

    Wednesday August 10 11 AM to 5 PM on site- see Union board
     

    Lethbridge

    Wednesday August 10 11 AM to 6 PM UFCW 401 Office #104, 3305 18 Avenue N
     

    Lloydminster

    Wednesday August 10 11 AM to 6 PM Holiday Inn 5612 44 St
     

    Brooks

    Thursday August 11 11 AM to 6 PM UFCW 401 Office 631A Sutherland Drive East
     

    Camrose

    Thursday August 11 11 AM to 6 PM Ramada Inn 4702 73 Street
     

    Civeo Wapasu Creek Lodge- West

    Thursday August 11 11 AM to 6 PM Craft Lounge
     

    Hinton

    Thursday August 11 11 AM to 6 PM Holiday Inn 393 Gregg Avenue
     

    Civeo Kaybob

    Friday
    August 12
    10 AM to 3 PM on site- see Union board
     

    Civeo Pebble Beach

    Friday
    August 12
    12 PM to 5 pm on site- see Union board
     

    Civeo Wapasu Creek Lodge- Main & East

    Saturday August 13 11 AM to 6 PM Executive Board Room
     

    Athabasca

    Sunday
    August 14
    2 PM to 7 PM Days Inn 2805 48th Ave
     

    Civeo Henday Lodge

    Sunday
    August 14
    11 AM to 5 PM on site- see Union board
     

    Civeo Conklin

    Monday August 15 11 AM to 5 PM Boardroom
     

    Fort McMurray

    Monday August 15 11 AM to 6 PM Union Office 205 – 9914 Morrison Street
     

    Civeo Anzac Lodge

    Tuesday August 16 11 AM to 5 PM Boardroom
     

    Red Deer

    Tuesday August 16 11 AM to 6 PM Red Deer Lodge 4311 49 Ave
     

    SP #1 – Wapasu Creek Main/East & West

    Tuesday August 16 10 AM to 2 PM Wapasu West- Craft Lounge

    *Important* – You may be required to show proof of identification. Please bring a drivers licence, any form of photo identification or other general accepted form of Identification.

     

    U.F.C.W. LOCAL 401 Executive Board Nomination & Election Notice

    In accordance with the UFCW Canada Constitution, Article 35 and in particular Article 35(A)(C)(1),(2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (8), (10), (11), (12), (13), and the UFCW Local 401 Bylaws Articles IV (Sections A, B, & C), VII (Section A), XII (Sections A, B, C, D ,E, F, G, H ,I , J, K, L, N, O, P, Q & T)

    (A) An active member in the Local Union, who has been an active member in the Local Union, or who had been a member of another organization merged with the Local Union, for a continuous aggregate of at least 12 months immediately preceding the month in which nominations are held, or an active member in the Local Union who has been an active member in the International Union continuously for at least 24 months immediately preceding the month in which nominations are held, shall be eligible to hold any Local Union office, provided that said member maintains continuous active membership in the Local Union.

    (C) 1. Nominations shall be conducted during the six-month period preceding the expiration of the term of office. Not less than 15 days prior to nominations, notice shall be mailed by the Local Union to each member at his or her last known home address, setting forth the times, dates, and places for conducting the nominations. The nominations shall be conducted at such times and places as will afford all active members a reasonable opportunity to nominate.

    1. Elections shall be conducted during the six-month period preceding the expiration of the term of office, as provided in the Local Union’s bylaws. Not less than 15 days prior to elections, notice shall be mailed by the Local Union to each member at his or her last known home address, setting forth the times, dates, and places for conducting the election. The elections shall be conducted at such times and places as will afford all active members a reasonable opportunity to vote. If the Local Union members are so widely dispersed that they must travel an unreasonable distance to vote at a single polling place, the Local Union shall provide for multiple polling places. Any active member in the Local Union, as defined in Article 4(B) of this Constitution, shall be eligible to vote in the Local Union’s elections.
    2. Notice of nominations and election may be combined into a single notice, which shall be mailed not less than 15 days prior to nominations.
    3. No member may run for more than one office in any election, and no member may hold more than one Local Union elected office at any one time. The regular employees of the Local Union shall not constitute more than 50 percent of the membership of the Local Union Executive Board.
    4. The Local Union President shall select a general chairperson, who shall be a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers, to supervise the conduct of the nominations and election and not less than three members to act as election judges to assist the general chairperson. The general chairperson and election judges, who together shall constitute the election committee, shall not be candidates for Local Union office. The general chairperson shall establish the applicable dates, times, places, manner, and procedures for the nominations and election. The election committee shall maintain custody of all ballots and election registers during the conduct of the elections. Where multiple polling places are used, at least one election judge or the general chairperson shall supervise the election at each polling place.
    5. Each eligible member desiring to vote shall sign an election register authorized by the general chairperson of the election. The voter shall be given a ballot authorized by the general chairperson and shall be provided an opportunity to vote his or her ballot in secrecy. Ballots shall bear no number or marks which might identify the voter. After marking his or her ballot, the voter shall fold and place it in a secured ballot receptacle provided by the election committee. Alternative procedures for voting by machine, adequate to ensure the secrecy of the ballot, may be provided. Candidates may have observers, who shall be active members of the Local Union. Adequate safeguards to ensure a fair election shall be provided by the Local Union officers and election officials.
    6. Where the election is conducted at multiple times or polling places, the general chairperson of the election and not less than three election judges designated by the general chairperson shall meet not later than the second day following the last day on which the election was held and at a time and place to be specified by the general chairperson to tally and record the results of the election. As may be determined by the general chairperson prior to the balloting, the ballots may be counted at the close of each polling place, provided that, the general chairperson or at least one election judge is present, and provided further, that the general chairperson and not less than three election judges designated by the general chairperson shall tally and record the final results of the election as provided above in this paragraph.
    7. Write-in candidates and proxy voting shall not be permitted.
    8. A plurality of votes cast shall be required for election, except as to the offices of Local Union President and Secretary-Treasurer, where a majority of votes cast shall be required for election. Where the election for an office other than President or Secretary-Treasurer results in a tie or where no nominee for Local Union President or Secretary-Treasurer receives a majority of votes cast, a runoff election between the two nominees with the higher number of votes shall be conducted.
    9. When nominations have been completed and there are unopposed candidates, such unopposed candidates shall be deemed elected by acclamation.
    10. a) A Local Union may provide in its bylaws for nominations to be conducted by petition. Such Local Union bylaw provisions shall establish procedures for nomination by petition, and such procedures shall be consistent with the provisions of this Article. Such bylaw provisions shall establish a number of signatures of active members of the Local Union required for nomination of an active member for a specific office. The number of signatures required shall not exceed 2 percent of the average monthly active membership of the Local Union, based on the number of active members on which the Local Union pays per capita tax to the International Union, for the twelve-month period ending with the next to last month prior to the month in which the notice of nominations is mailed to the membership. If the Local Union’s bylaws provide that any of its Vice Presidents shall be nominated by a designated portion of the Local Union’s membership, such as by the members in a designated geographical area or trade division, the average monthly active membership shall be deemed to refer to the average monthly active membership in that portion of the Local Union’s membership, the number of signatures required for such Vice President shall be adjusted accordingly, and all signatures required for nomination of such Vice President shall be from the active membership in such designated portion of the Local Union’s membership.
    11. b) Not less than 30 days prior to the deadline for the receipt of nomination petitions, notice shall be mailed by the Local Union to each member at the member’s last known home address, setting forth the manner for conducting the nominations, the actual number of signatures required for nomination petitions, the deadline date for the receipt of petitions, and all other relevant requirements for the filing of petitions, including what each petition is required to contain. Notice of nominations and election may be combined into a single notice, which shall be mailed in accordance with the time requirements of this paragraph.
    12. c) The top of each page of the petition shall indicate the member who is being nominated and the specific office for which he or she is being nominated. If a member is being nominated for a Vice President position, the petition shall specify the numerically designated Vice President position for which he or she is being nominated. Unless otherwise specified in the Local Union’s bylaws, any petition may nominate more than one member for office, provided that each member is being nominated for a different office and that the office for which each member is being nominated is specifically indicated. Each petition shall contain the signature, printed name, and other identifying information, as determined by the general chairperson of the election, of each member signing the petition. Petitions shall be filed at the Local Union office by mail or in person. The original signatures are required to be filed, and transmission by facsimile, computer, or other form of electronic transmission shall not be valid. If a signature on any petition is not accompanied by a printed name or the other identifying information required by the general chairperson, but the identity of the member can be determined from the signature, the signature shall be deemed valid and shall be counted.

    Bylaws of the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union Local No. 401

                                                            ARTICLE  IV

                                                            Membership

    Section A.  All persons engaged in work within the trade and geographical jurisdiction of this Local Union shall be eligible for membership subject to the provisions of these bylaws and the Constitution and laws of the International Union. Membership shall be classified as active, affiliated, paid-up life, or non-active. No member shall hold more than one classification of membership at any one time.

    Section B.  1. An individual is eligible to be an active member if he or she is: employed within a collective bargaining unit represented by the International Union or the Local Union; an employee or salaried officer of the International Union or the Local Union or of any organization approved by the International Executive Board with which the International Union or the Local Union has affiliated; a member of the International Union through the Local Union or a division of the Local Union which was a professional or other association that has been chartered by or merged with the International Union or the Local Union; or working as a barber, cosmetologist, or independent insurance agent.

    Receipt by the Local Union of the current dues and the required initiation or reinstatement fee, or any installment established by the Local Union for payment of such fee, is required for an eligible individual to become an active member. Continued payment of dues, and, if applicable, any remaining installments of the required initiation or reinstatement fee, is required to maintain active membership.

    Active members shall enjoy all rights and privileges of membership in this Local Union and in the International Union, including the right to vote at regular and special meetings and to hold any office and be elected a delegate if otherwise qualified under these bylaws and the International Constitution.

    They shall have the privilege of obtaining withdrawal cards provided that they are eligible pursuant to the requirements of Article V of these bylaws. If otherwise eligible, active members may obtain military leave courtesy cards.

    1. An active member who is not actively working due to layoff, illness, disability, or a contractually provided leave of absence, and has applicable recall or reemployment rights which have not expired under the collective bargaining agreement, or who has been discharged and has a grievance pending under the collective bargaining agreement for a bargaining unit which is represented by the International Union or the Local Union, may elect (1) to continue to pay dues and maintain active membership for the temporary period for which said recall or reemployment rights are valid or said grievance is pending, but in neither event for longer than two years, (2) to apply for another classification of membership provided for in this Article, if eligible, or (3) to apply for a withdrawal card pursuant to the provisions of Article 6 of the International Constitution.

    Section C.  An individual is eligible to be an affiliated member if he or she is a former active member who is no longer eligible for active membership in this Local Union, or if he or she is employed by an employer who is the subject of an active organizing effort by the International Union or the Local Union. Payment of the applicable dues is required to become an affiliated member and to maintain such membership. Affiliated members may be privileged to attend membership meetings and serve on committees as the Local Union President may determine and may, at the request of the Local Union President, make reports or otherwise address such meetings. They have the privilege of obtaining withdrawal cards, provided that they are eligible pursuant to the requirements of Article V of these bylaws. Affiliated members, however, shall have no voice or vote in Union affairs, nor shall they hold Union office or be elected a delegate.

                                                           ARTICLE  VII

                                                    Local Union Officers

    Section A.  The constitutional officers of this Local Union shall be a President, Secretary-Treasurer, Recorder and eighteen (18) Vice-Presidents.

    Vice Presidents 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Representing Edmonton and Area.

    Vice President 6- Local Staff Representative.

    Vice Presidents 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 – Representing Calgary and Area, Canmore, and Banff.

    Vice Presidents 13, and 14 – Representing Southern Alberta – Including but not limited to Lethbridge and Taber.

    Vice Presidents 15, and 16 – Representing South Eastern Alberta- Including but not limited to Brooks and Medicine Hat.

    Vice President 17 – Representing Central Alberta- Including but not limited to Red Deer and Area, Olds, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, and Lloydminster.

    Vice President 18 – Representing Northern Alberta- Including but not limited to Fort McMurray and Area, Grande Prairie, Fox Creek Area, Athabasca Area, and Hinton.

    When a new unit is organized, outside of an area specified above, the Local Union executive board shall assign the unit to a Vice President position for the purposes of representation on the Executive Board.

                                                                  ARTICLE   XII

                                                                       Elections

    Section A.  All officers shall be elected by secret ballot of the membership, and their term of office shall be for four years, commencing January 1, 2009. Terms of office shall expire on December 31, and the terms of newly elected officers shall commence on January 1.

    Section B.  Nominations and elections shall be conducted during the last six months preceding the expiration of the term of office.

    Nomination of President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Recorder by Petition

    Section C.  Not less than 30 days prior to the deadline for the receipt of nomination petition, notice shall be mailed by the Local Union to each member at the member’s last known home address, setting forth the manner for conducting the nominations, the actual number of signatures required for nomination petitions, the deadline date for the receipt of petitions, and all other relevant requirements for the filing of petitions, including what each petition is required to contain.

     Not less than 15 days prior to the election, notice shall be mailed by the Local Union to each member at the members last known home address setting forth the times, dates and places for conducting the election.

    Notice of nomination and election may be combined into a single notice, which shall be mailed in accordance with the time requirements specified in the first paragraph of this Section.

    Section D.  No person shall be eligible for nomination or election to any office unless such person is:

    1. An active member in the Local Union, who has been an active member in the Local Union, or who has been a member of another organization merged with the Local Union, for a continuous aggregate of at least 12 months immediately preceding the month in which the deadline for receipt of nomination petitions occur, or;
    1. An active member in the Local Union who has been an active member in the International Union continuously for at least 24 months immediately preceding the month in which the deadline for receipt of nomination petitions occur.

    Any member satisfying the eligibility requirements of this Section must maintain continuous active membership in the Local Union to remain eligible to run for or hold elected office.

    Section E. 1. Nominations shall be conducted by petition. Nomination of a member for a specific office shall require the signature of 2 percent of the average monthly active membership of the Local Union, based on the number of active members on which the Local Union pays per capita tax to the International Union, for the twelve-month period ending with the next to last month prior to the month in which the notice of nominations is mailed to the membership.

    1. Each petition shall indicate the member who is being nominated and the specific office for which he or she is being nominated. Any petition may nominate more than one member for office, provided that each member is being nominated for a different office and that the office for which each member is being nominated is specifically indicated. Each petition shall contain the signature, printed name, and other identifying information, as determined by the general chairperson of the election, of each member signing the petition.

    Section F. 1. Members nominated for office shall not appear on the election ballot unless the general chairperson of the election has received, within seven days following their nomination, written acceptance thereof.

    No member may run for more than one office in any election and no member may hold more than one elected office at any one time. The regular employees of the Local Union shall not hold more than one (1) General Vice-President seat of the Local Union Executive Board.

    1. Petitions shall be filed at the Local Union office by mail or in person. The original signatures are required to be filed, and transmission by facsimile, computer, or other form of electronic transmission shall not be valid.
    1. If a signature on any petition is not accompanied by a printed name or the other identifying information required by the general chairperson, but the identity of the member can be determined from the signature, the signature shall be deemed valid and shall be counted.

    Section G. Any active member in the Local Union, as defined in Article 4(B) of the International Constitution, shall be eligible to vote in the Local Union’s elections.

    Nomination of Vice-Presidents

    Section H.  Not less than 15 days prior to nominations, notice shall be mailed by the Local Union to each member at the member’s last known home address, setting forth the times, dates, and places for conducting the nominations.

    Not less than 15 days prior to election, notice shall be mailed by the Local Union to each member at the member’s last known home address, setting forth the times, dates, and places for conducting the elections.

    Notice of nominations and election may be combined into a single notice, which shall be mailed not less than 15 days prior to nominations.

    Section I.  No person shall be eligible for nomination or election to any office unless such person is:

    1. An active member in the Local Union, who has been an active member in the Local Union, or who had been a member of another organization merged with the Local Union, for a continuous aggregate of at least 12 months immediately preceding the month in which nominations are held, or;
    1. An active member in the Local Union who has been an active member in the International Union continuously for at least 24 months immediately preceding the month in which nominations are held.

    Any member satisfying the eligibility requirements of this Section must maintain continuous active membership in the Local Union to remain eligible to run for or hold elected office.

    Section J.  Members nominated for office shall not appear on the election ballot unless the general chairperson of the election has received, within seven days following their nomination, written acceptance thereof.

    Eligibility

    Section K.  Any active member in the Local Union, as defined in Article 4(B) of the International Constitution, shall be eligible to vote in the Local Union’s elections.

    Section L.  1.  The nominations and elections shall be conducted at such times and places as will afford all active members a reasonable opportunity to nominate and vote.

    1. The President shall select a general chairperson, who shall be a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers, to supervise the conduct of the nominations and election and not less than three members to act as election judges to assist the general chairperson. The general chairperson and election judges, who together shall constitute the election committee, shall not be candidates for Local Union office. The general chairperson shall establish the applicable dates, times, places, manner, and procedures for the nominations and election. The election committee shall maintain custody of all ballots and election registers during the conduct of the elections. Where multiple polling places are used, at least one election judge or the general chairperson shall supervise the election at each polling place.
    1. Each eligible member desiring to vote shall sign an election register authorized by the general chairperson of the election. The voter shall be given a ballot authorized by the general chairperson and shall be provided an opportunity to vote the ballot in secrecy. Ballots shall bear no number or marks, which might identify the voter. After marking his or her ballot, the voter shall fold and place it in a secured ballot receptacle provided by the election committee. Alternative procedures for voting by machine, adequate to ensure the secrecy of the ballot, may be provided. Candidates may have observers, who shall be active members of the Local Union. Adequate safeguards to ensure a fair election shall be provided by the Local Union officers and election officials.
    1. Where the election is conducted at multiple times or polling places, the general chairperson of the election and not less than three election judges designated by the general chairperson shall meet not later than the second day following the last day on which the election was held and at a time and place to be specified by the general chairperson to tally and record the results of the election. As may be determined by the general chairperson prior to the balloting, the ballots may be counted at the close of each polling place, provided that the general chairperson or at least one election judge is present, and provided further, that the general chairperson and not less than three election judges designated by the general chairperson shall tally and record the final results of the election as provided above in this paragraph.

    Section N.  Write-in candidates and proxy voting shall not be permitted.

    Section O.  A plurality of votes cast shall be required for election except as to the offices of Local Union President and Secretary-Treasurer, where a majority of votes cast shall be required for election. Where the election for an office other than President or Secretary-Treasurer results in a tie or where no nominee for Local Union President or Secretary-Treasurer receives a majority of votes cast, a runoff election between the two nominees with the higher number of votes shall be conducted.

    Section P.  When nominations have been completed and there are unopposed candidates, such unopposed candidates shall be deemed elected by acclamation.

    Section T.  1.  Not more than 15 days subsequent to the election, all challenges to the election shall be submitted to the general chairperson of the election. The Local Union general chairperson and election judges shall consider any such challenge and take such remedial action, as they deem appropriate. Not more than 15 days subsequent to such decision, an aggrieved party may appeal such decision to the International President. Where the general chairperson of the election and the election judges fail to render a decision within 30 days of the Local Union election, the challenging party may appeal to the International President not later than 15 days thereafter.

    1. The decision of the International President may be appealed to the International Executive Board not later than 30 days after such decision has been rendered.
    1. Any challenge or appeal, which could have been presented in compliance with these filing requirements, but was not, shall be deemed to have been waived.