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LOCAL 211 SYRACUSE, NEW YORK
ELECTION RULES 2016
2016 Special 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 June 2016; and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, as amended.
2. Term of Office
The officers elected will fill out the term immediately and will end on September 30th, 2018.
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 December 11, 2016 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 December 12, 2016.
Nominations for the offices of WSTM Operations Steward will be accepted from December 12, 2016
through December 30, 2016 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 December 31, 2016.
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, January 28, 2017 . 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 January 8, 2017.
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 any kind.
10. Voter Eligibility
As provided in Article 2.4 B of the NABET-CWA Bylaws, any member who has paid dues through
December 12, 2016 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 January 10, 2017. 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 January 28, 2017 and the tallying of ballots.
Please contact a member of the election committee to find out when & where the above events will
The election will be held from January 10, 2017 through January 28, 2017. 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 January 28, 2017. 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
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: December 12, 2016
Steve Stoeckel, Chairperson
Quindell Williams & Scott Haight, Committee Members