The nomination and election of LCFT Officers and Delegates will be conducted in accordance with the Local 504 Constitution and Bylaws dated September 24, 2021, in accordance with the AFT Constitution and the standards adopted pursuant to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) of 1959, as amended.
2. Term of Office
The term of office for the election of officers is through June 30, 2024. IFT Convention Delegate will serve at the Convention held in St. Louis in October 2022. AFT Convention Delegate will serve at the Convention held in Boston in July 2022.
3. Eligibility to Hold Office
Local 504 Constitution and Bylaws Article VI Section 4 sets out the requirements to be eligible to run for office.
4. Nomination Notice
The Nominations Form is found attached below.
Please find a description of the duties of officers attached below.
Please find an FAQ about running for and serving as a convention delegate attached below.
Officer position up for election in 2021
Executive Vice President
Vice President of COPE-Political Action
Vice President of Member Defense
Vice President of Membership Engagement
Delegate positions up for election in 2021
IFT Convention Delegate (St. Louis October 2022)
AFT Convention Delegate (Boston July 2022)
A notice of nominations will be mailed to the last known home address of each Local 504 member on or beforeSeptember 27, 2021. Nominations notices will also be posted on the Local 504 website. Nomination forms are due in the LCFT office no later than 5:00pm CST October 18, 2021. Only members may nominate an individual, whether yourself or someone else, for an office. You can submit this nomination form in person, via US mail, or via email to Sue Eberle email@example.com. You will receive a confirmation email that the nomination form you submitted was received. Nominated individuals will be contacted by the elections committee to accept their nomination. There will be no provision for write-in candidates on the ballot and there will be no nominations from the floor.
5. Elections Timeline
September 27, 2021, Nominations open
October 18, 2021, Nominations close at 5:00 pm CST
October 29, 2021, Candidates announced, and ballots mailed out
November 30, 2021, Ballots due by 5:00 pm CST
December 4, 2021, Ballots Counted at Union Hall 9:00 am CST
6. Nomination Acceptances
A Delegate Nominee must accept or decline nomination via email.
An Officer Nominee must accept or decline nomination via verbal confirmation.
7. Candidate Eligibility Determinations
The Election Committee will review Local 504 records to determine the eligibility of all nominees. If a nominee is ineligible for nomination, they will be advised of the reason(s).
8. Inspection of the Membership List
Each candidate may inspect (not copy) the Local 504 membership list once within 30 days prior to the election. No candidate is entitled to receive a copy of the list.
The membership list will be available for inspection at the Local 504 office between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 pm CST, Monday through Thursday 7:00 am and 3:00 pm CST on Friday. Any candidate who wishes to inspect the list should contact Karen Barrett at Local 504 (847) 623-7725 to set up an appointment.
9. Distribution of Campaign Literature
Candidates will have two opportunities to submit campaign literature, up to 250 words for each posting, including an optional picture of themselves, which will be posted on the LCFT Website, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Material for posting must be submitted by 8:00 am CST on the following dates: November 5, 2021, and November 19, 2021. The website will be updated on these Fridays. Please remember the website is a public forum.
10. 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 LCFT Local 504 and any other union, and of employers whether or not they employ Local 504 members. Union officers and employees may not campaign on time paid by the union. 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.
11. Voter Eligibility
As provided in Article VI section 9, p. 9 of the Local 504 Constitution and Bylaws, any member in good standing, as described in Article III, will be eligible to vote in this election. Employees of LCFT Local 504 and the IFT or AFT are not eligible to vote in this election regardless of “at-large member” status.
12. Election Notice
A notice of election will be mailed to the last known home address of each Local 504 member on or before September 27, 2021. Election notices will also be posted on the Local 504 website.
Candidates are entitled to have observers present at the tally of ballots. Observers must be members of Local 504 as defined by Article III of the Local 504 Constitution and Bylaws.
14. Tally of Ballots
Ballots will be counted by the Election Committee on December 4, 2021 beginning at approximately 9:00 am CST at the Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504 Union Hall, 248 Ambrogio Drive, Gurnee, Illinois 60031. Write-in votes are not permitted in the election as provided by Article VI of the Local 504 Constitution and Bylaws. The candidate who receives the highest number of votes cast for each office will be declared elected.
15. Election Results
The election results will be posted at the Local 504 Union Hall, LCFT website and sent to all members’ personal email addresses on file, on or about December 4, 2021.
16. Election Records
The Local 504 Secretary is responsible for maintaining all nomination and election records for at least one year after the election, as required by federal law.
17. Questions or Problems
Candidates and members with questions about the nomination or election procedures should contact a member of the Election Committee at (847) 623-7725 or email LCFT504EC@gmail.com. Any violation of these rules should be reported promptly to the Election Committee so that corrective action can be taken, if necessary.
Challenges and objections to the election must be submitted in writing, with a statement of supporting reasons that includes specific facts as well as any documentation, to the Elections Committee within seven (7) days of the count. The Elections Committee shall issue its written opinion regarding the objections no later than ten (10) days after receipt of such objections.
The above rules are not all inclusive. Additional election rules or clarifications may be issued by the Local 504 Election Committee as needed during the nomination and election period.
Issued By: Local 504 Election Committee on September 24, 2021.
Juli Kowalski (Chairperson), Karen Barrett, Olga Colón, Amy Holtsford, Alison Voss