Ballots for the 2010 Election of APWU National Officers are being mailed Monday, Sept. 13, to Wednesday, Sept. 15. Every member in good standing as of June 15, 2010, will receive a ballot.
Ballots must be received by the APWU National Election Committee in the designated post office box in Washington, DC, by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
Members in good standing who have not received their ballots by Monday, Sept. 20, should notify their local, or contact the American Arbitration Association between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EDT) at 800-529-5218 to request a duplicate. Ballots may also be requested by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive a duplicate ballot, members must provide their name and the last four digits of their Social Security number, along with their local, craft, mailing address, and telephone number.
The APWU National Election Committee will pick up the ballots from the Washington post office box at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Votes will be tallied at the Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St. NW, Washington, DC.
Unofficial election results will be posted on the union’s Web site, www.apwu.org, as soon as they are available, and will be updated frequently. Official results are expected by Oct. 12.
Incentives Offered to Locals to ‘Get Out the Vote’
To encourage APWU members to participate in this year’s elections, the national union will hold a voter-participation competition among locals, rewarding those that vote in the highest percentages.
“The democratic principles of our union have value only if the membership engages in the process,” said APWU President William Burrus.
The incentive for participation in the election process will be payments to the locals to be used on behalf of the membership. The top three locals in each of the following size categories will receive cash awards: 1,000 members and above ($4,000); 500-999 ($2,000); 100-499 ($1,000); 1-99 members ($200).
To be eligible, locals must reach a voter participation level of at least 50 percent. If more than three locals in any category generate 100 percent participation, all “100%” locals will receive awards.
Installation of Officers
Members and guests are invited to attend the Installation of National Officers Dinner-Dance, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, DC. The ceremonial affair will feature the swearing-in of new and returning officers.
Tickets cost $65 each. Reservations can be made online, at www.apwu.org. The deadline for purchasing tickets and for making payment is Oct. 22. For more information, call 202-842-4215.
In accordance with the APWU Constitution, newly elected officers report and take office on Nov. 12.