SEIU 1021

Human Services Agency Chapter Officer Election Notice

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It is time for us to come together and elect our new Chapter Officers for the Human Services Agency (HSA) Chapter.

Per the HSA Chapter bylaws, the membership will elect an Executive Committee of the following officers: Chapter President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Steward, Committee on Political Education (COPE) Coordinator, and five (5) Worksite Captains (one from each worksite group in HSA), and six (6) Classification Representatives. The term of office shall be two (2) years.

All SEIU 1021 Members in “good standing” will have the opportunity to run for and vote on these positions. Please click here to view a full description of the roles and responsibilities of these positions. Click here to download the nomination form.

By electing strong and well-organized Chapter Leaders, we can better prepare for contract negotiations, strengthen our political power, advocate for better services, and ensure a democratic, member-driven union! 

ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RUN FOR OFFICE!
ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO VOTE!

What is a Chapter?

A Chapter is an organized group of Union members with common interests, represented by one or more bargaining units from an employer or employers. Since SEIU 1021 is a very large Union, representing nearly 60,000 members all over Northern California, we rely on Chapters for organizational purposes. The goal of a Chapter is to establish an official structure within which Union members can effectively enforce the contract, ensure equitable and fair treatment in the workplace, and enhance the quality of public services. The Human Services Agency Chapter provides a platform to creatively address issues specific to the Chapter or will affect the Chapter in the future. The Chapter Board can also function to convey information to the SEIU 1021 Executive Board.

Method of Nomination

Nominations will be accepted from Tuesday, March 30, 2021, through Friday, April 30, 2021, no later than 5:00 p.m.

Please check your email on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, for the nomination form. 

Third-party nominations must be acknowledged and accepted by the nominee in writing via email by Wednesday, May 5, no later than 3 p.m. 

Nomination results will be made available to the membership on Thursday, May 6, 2021. 

Eligibility

In order to run for and serve as a Chapter Officer, candidates shall have been members in good standing for at least one (1) year and be employed within a bargaining unit represented by the Chapter. If the Chapter has been in existence for less than one (1) year, the candidate must have been a member in good standing since the Chapter was recognized by Local 1021. Only members in good standing are eligible to participate in Chapter elections. The Election Committee will verify the eligibility of each nomination.

If you’re not sure whether you are a member, please call the Member Resource Center (MRC) at 1-877-687-1021. The Member Resource Center is available from Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you are not a member, you can sign up instantly by filling out a membership form online here.

Method of Voting

The Chapter election will be conducted online, via “Election Buddy”. Only members in good standing are eligible to vote. Proxy voting and write-in candidates are prohibited. A plurality of valid ballots cast shall determine the elected candidate(s). In the event of a tie vote, a run-off election shall be conducted. 

Voting Schedule

Election Opens: Monday, May 10, 2021, at 8:00 a.m.
Election Closes: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 8:00 p.m.

Once the election is open, if needed, members will have the opportunity to update their contact information by contacting the Member Resource Center (MRC) at 1-877-687-1021. Please provide updated information at least 24 hours before the election closes by Tuesday, May 11, 2021, no later than 3:00 p.m.

Election Results

Election results will be made available to the membership upon the completion of voting. 

Challenges

Challenges to or disputes arising from a Chapter election must be submitted to the Chapter Election Committee within three (3) working days of the submission of the committee’s election report to the Chapter Board. Challenges must be submitted in writing and must cite specific violation(s) of the Chapter election rules and procedures, Chapter bylaws, or the Local 1021 Bylaws and Constitution. Challenges to the election will be considered valid only if they cite specific violations of election rules and procedures, Chapter bylaws, or the Local 1021 Bylaws and Constitution and if the alleged violation may have affected the outcome of the election. The Chapter Election Committee shall investigate and resolve challenges within ten (10) working days of receipt of the challenge. The Election Committee may order a re-run of all or part of the election. 

Appeals

Challenges or disputes which are denied or cannot be resolved by the Chapter Election Committee may be appealed in writing to the Local 1021 Executive Board within five (5) working days of receipt of the Chapter Election Committee’s decision. The Local 1021 Executive Board shall investigate and respond within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of the challenge. Challenges to the election will be considered valid only if they cite specific violations of the Chapter election rules and procedures, Chapter bylaws, or the Local 1021 Bylaws and Constitution and if the alleged violation may have affected the outcome of the election. 

For more information, please contact the Election Committee

Ermelina Robles | email | (415) 818-7937
Morna Estandian | email| (415) 412-6062
Ricardo Padilla | email | (209) 298-7495
(Alternate) Mirna Bonilla-Ortiz | email | (415) 385-2366