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LOCAL 211 SYRACUSE, NEW YORK
ELECTION RULES 2019
2019 Election and Campaign Rules
NABET-CWA Local 211
1. Constitution and Bylaws
The nomination and election of NABET-CWA Local 211 officers will be conducted in
accordance with the NABET-CWA By-Laws dated June 6, 2015; the Local 211 Bylaws amendments approved July
2016; and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, as amended.
2. Term of Office
The officers elected will serve a three-year term starting on October 1st, 2019 and will end on September 30th,
3. Eligibility to Hold Office
As provided in Article 2.4 B of the NABET-CWA By-Laws, any member who has paid dues and fines through April
30, 2019 is in good standing and eligible to run for office.
4. Nomination Notice
A nomination notice will be posted on union bulletin boards at all work sites and mailed to all daily hires of Local
211 on or about May 13, 2019.
Nominations for the offices of Local President, Local Secretary,
News Stewards WSTM/WSTQ and WSYR,
Engineering Steward WSTM/WSTQ AND WSYR.
will be accepted from May 13, 2019 through May 27, 2019 by nomination petition. Petitions will be available from
all election committee members or the local website: Nabet211.org. In order to sign a nomination petition, a
member must be in good standing as specified in Rule #3 above.
6. Nomination Acceptances
A candidate must accept nomination in written form by submitting the following “"I, the undersigned, declare that I
am willing to be nominated and willing to serve, if elected, to the office of (President, Vice-President, Secretary,
Treasurer or Executive Board Member) of NABET-CWA Local 211." Signed: _______________________ Date:
_______________________ to a member of the election committee before May 28, 2019.
7. Inspection of the Membership List
Each candidate may inspect (NOT copy) the Local 211 membership list once within 30 days prior to the due date
of the election, June 30, 2019. No candidate is entitled to receive a copy of the list. Each election committee
member will have a copy of this list for viewing.
8. Distribution of Campaign Literature
The election committee will allow each candidate to provide on one side of an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper, their
biography/campaign literature to be included in each ballot packet mailed out to members in good standing. The
printing of this literature/bio will be at the candidate’s expense and candidates must provide enough pre-printed
copies to the election committee ready for mail BEFORE June 2, 2019. Candidates’ bio/campaign literature in the
mailer will be in alphabetical order by candidate’s last name.
9. Campaign Restrictions
Federal law prohibits the use of any union or employer funds to promote the candidacy of any person in a union
officer election. This prohibition applies to cash, facilities, equipment, vehicles, office supplies, etc., of NABET-
CWA Local 211 and any other union, and of employers whether or not they employ Local 211 members. Union
officers and employees may not campaign on time paid for by the union. No Candidate may campaign in the
workplace during work time.
Federal law also provides that candidates must be treated equally regarding the opportunity to campaign and that
all members may support the candidates of their choice without being subject to penalty, discipline, or reprisal of
10. Voter Eligibility
As provided in Article 2.4 B of the NABET-CWA Bylaws, any member who has paid dues through April 30, 2019 will
be eligible to vote in this election.
11. Election Notice
A notice of election will be mailed to the last known home address of each Local 211 member on or before June 4,
2019. Election notices will also be posted on union bulletin boards at all work sites and the nabet211.org website.
Candidates or their designees are entitled to observe the preparation of balloting materials to be mailed, the
collection of ballots at the post office on June 30, 2018 and the tallying of ballots. Please contact a member of the
election committee to find out when & where the above events will take place.
The election will be held from June 4, 2019 through June 30, 2019. Each member will be mailed a ballot packet to
their last known home address. They will be mailed a ballot, a blank envelope to put the ballot in & seal, and an
addressed envelope to the designated P.O. Box set up for the said election. Each member will be given
instructions of how to properly fill out the ballot as well as any campaign literature provided by those candidates
running for contested offices.
15. Tally of Ballots
Ballots will be counted by the Election Committee after the polls close on June 30, 2019. The candidate who
receives the MAJORITY for the offices of President, Vice-President, Treasurer & Secretary will be declared the
winner. For the offices of stewards they shall be elected by a PLURALITY of votes cast in their respective
election. In the case of one nominee for a position, the sole nominee shall be deemed elected at the close of the
nomination process and there will be no election for those races that have 1 single candidate nominated.
16. Election Results
The election results will be posted at union bulletin boards at all work sites after the tally is completed, posted on
the nabet211.org website, and emailed out to all members.
17. Election Records
The Local 211 Secretary is responsible for maintaining all nomination and election records for at least one year
after the election, as required by federal law.
18. Questions or Problems
Candidates and members with questions about the nomination or election procedures should contact a member of
the Election Committee at as soon as possible. Any violation of these rules should be reported promptly to the
Election Committee so that corrective action can be taken, if necessary.
Article 7.8 of the NABET-CWA Local 211 By-Laws provides that any member may challenge a local union officer
election by filing a protest in writing with the Election Committee within 10 days after election results are tentatively
certified. The Elections Committee shall act with dispatch upon any such complaint, and shall make a full
investigation of the charges, and report their finding to the Executive board and the membership via union bulletin
board, local website & membership email. All challenges are subject to the right of appeal to the governing board
or membership of the Local, and subject to further appeal in accordance with the NABET-CWA Sector By-Laws
and the CWA Constitution.
The above rules are not all inclusive. Additional election rules or clarifications may be issued by the Local 211
Election Committee as needed during the nomination and election period.
Issued By: NABET-CWA Local 211 Election Committee
Date: May 13, 2019
Ed Jones, Chairperson
Scott Murfitt, Steve Stoeckel, Mark Maxwell, Election Committee Members