TESC SSSSU Nomintations

It is time for you to nominate who you want to serve on your bargaining team! Preparations have already begun for negotiating the 2019-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreements. Bargaining teams will begin their training and the hard work of preparing for negotiations in November 2018.

You can access your copy of the WFSE Bargaining Time Line, Bargaining Structure, the Bargaining Teams Nominations and Election Procedure, and the Bargaining Teams Nomination Forms here:

Bargaining Team Nomination Form with instructions and return envelope has been mailed to bargaining unit members. Completed nomination forms must be received at WFSE Headquarters no later than 5:00 pm on October 19, 2018.

Careful and serious consideration should be given before any member considers nominating someone or serving on the bargaining team.

Below is a brief description of the role of WFSE Bargaining Teams and individual Bargaining Team Members in the negotiations process:

  • Responsibilities of the bargaining team: The bargaining teams will develop the initial bargaining proposal to be presented to the employer, and then negotiate with the Employer. The bargaining teams approve final contract language and recommend membership ratification or recommend rejection of the final employer offer. The bargaining teams at the table have the power to alter, modify, change, or concede on all issues to obtain the best possible language, and reach a tentative agreement, or declare that the team has reached an impasse. The bargaining teams have the power to refer specific issues to supplemental committees as applicable.
  • Responsibilities of individual bargaining team members: Bargaining team members are to be accountable, committed to the process, open-minded and realistic, available, to identify experts or specialists in specific agency issues, contracting, classifications, and other subject matters. The bargaining team members will be responsible for direct communication with members and reporting out in worksites regarding the progress of negotiations. Bargaining team members must be willing to share their contact information with the members they are representing at the table. Bargaining team members will be responsible for communicating with assigned groups of employees. Bargaining team members will work with WFSE staff in scheduling meetings and will be accountable for content, update, and mobilization, as determined by the bargaining team. Bargaining team members are required to spend additional time educating the membership when they are not at the bargaining table. Bargaining team members must abide by all rules of conduct established by their respective teams. Being a bargaining team member means spending a lot of time over many months (sometimes late into the evening) negotiating, researching, communicating, and mobilizing. Bargaining team members will also be required to travel as necessary. When travel is required, WFSE will assist with making travel arrangements and will pay for travel expenses in accordance with the WFSE’s member expense policy. Bargaining team members may also be authorized time loss in accordance with WFSE policy to aid them in fulfilling these responsibilities.

Not a full WFSE member? It's not too late to join and enjoy the ability to fully participate in the process. In accordance with the WFSE Bargaining Structure, the voting package will be mailed to anyone who is a member in good standing.

f you have questions, please contact the WFSE Negotiations Department at 1-800-562-6002.

NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS PROCEDURE

TESC SSSSU

ONLINE NOMINATION FORM

TESC SSSSU Elections for the WFSE bargaining teams will be by mail ballot and in accordance with AFSCME elections code and the following procedures:

1) Those eligible to nominate, be nominated, vote, and serve on a WFSE bargaining team will be members in good standing and currently employed in an appropriate WFSE bargaining unit as outlined in the Bargaining Structure for all WFSE contract terms beginning between 2018-2020.

2) Available bargaining team positions will be as outlined in the Bargaining Structure for all WFSE contract terms beginning between 2018 - 2020.

3) The call for nominations and notice of election will be mailed to all eligible members and available on the WFSE website no later than Friday, October 5, 2018.

4) Nomination forms must be filled in completely and must include all required information as indicated on the official nomination form. Nominations received without the required information will not be accepted.

5) Information on the nomination form must be legible.

6) Nominations may be submitted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TESC-SSSSU or by mail and must be received at WFSE Headquarters no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, October 19, 2018.

7) An attempt will be made to contact each nominee (unless self-nominated) to give him/her the opportunity to decline the nomination. If the nominee declines the nomination, his/her name will not be placed on the ballot.

8) Nominees may provide factual information not to exceed seventy-five (75) words regarding themselves for use during the election process. This information must be received at WFSE Headquarters no later than 12:00 PM on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

9) If there are equal to or fewer eligible nominees than bargaining team positions then no balloting will be required, and the nominees will be declared elected by acclamation.

10) Required elections will be by mail ballot. Ballots will include voting instructions and the names of eligible nominees in alphabetical order and will be sent to all members eligible to vote at the address WFSE has on file as of October 24, 2018. Included with the ballot mailing, on a separate sheet/s of paper, will be factual information on each nominee, if provided by the nominee. Also included with the ballots will be a privacy envelope and an envelope for return to WFSE Headquarters.

11) The election of bargaining team members shall be determined by the highest number of votes cast per nominee and shall not require a majority of the votes cast. Ties will be decided by run off.

12) All ballots must be returned in two envelopes, the privacy and return envelopes; so that each voter can be verified during the count and any invalid ballots can be easily identified while maintaining the confidentiality of the ballots. The outside envelope must bear the voters full name and address in order for the ballot to be valid. All ballots must be received at WFSE Headquarters no later than 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 07, 2018.

13) Ballots will be counted at WFSE Headquarters on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 beginning at 1:00 P.M.

14) Individuals elected without run off will be notified in writing no later than Friday, November 16, 2018. The results of the elections will be published on the WFSE website. Results will be available for inquiry at WFSE Headquarters.

15) Any candidate whose name is to appear on the ballot may have an official observer present of her/his own choosing (who must be a member of the WFSE) in the location ballots bearing her/his name are to be counted. The candidate shall notify WFSE Headquarters of his or her choice of observer no later than Wednesday, November 07, 2018.

16) Any protest concerning the conduct of the election must be received, in writing, at WFSE Headquarters addressed to the WFSE Bargaining Teams Elections Committee by 5:00 PM on Monday, November 19, 2018.

Adopted by the WFSE Collective Bargaining Committee on April 20, 2017
Adopted by the WFSE Executive Board on April 28, 2017