With our bylaws now ratified and with a steward districting map in place, we will now begin elections of the stewards in each district (please see table below to determine which district you are in and how many your district will have). If you are interested in running for steward in your district, please submit your acceptance to the CPW-UAW Elections Committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by December 3 at 11:59pm EST.
Stewards are responsible for organizing and mobilizing in their districts, enforcing the contract and assisting members with workplace issues and grievances, and disseminating union communications. All stewards will receive training on organizing and grievance handling.
Notice of Nomination and Election of Union Stewards (27 Total)
November 19, 2020
Nominations are hereby declared open for the CPW-UAW Steward [27 positions]:
All eligible unit members who have signed a CPW-UAW membership card are automatically nominated for the steward position in their district.
Membership Eligibility Description (per the bylaws):
Membership in this Local Union shall be extended to all employees who have at any time been under titles that come under the jurisdiction of this Local Union. Membership shall be defined as members in good standing as defined in the International Constitution.
CPW-UAW has 27 steward positions, broken up into districts. Each district is a campus, building/s, or lab where postdoctoral academic workers are working. For every 75 workers in a district, one steward will be elected. To learn more about the responsibilities of the stewards, visit the UAW constitution (Article 45) and our Local Bylaws (Article 10).
Any eligible member in good standing who wishes to accept the nomination for one of the steward positions in their district must indicate their intention, in writing, including the position they wish to run for. You can only run for one district position. The acceptance of your nomination in writing must be submitted no later than December 3 at 11:59pm EST. Submit your acceptance to the CPW-UAW Elections committee by emailing email@example.com. If you have questions about which district you belong to, please reach out to the Elections committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view the District Map, which shows the breakdown of the number of stewards per Steward District.
Candidate Statements (Optional)
Each candidate may write and submit a candidate statement of no more than 250 words. These statements will be posted on the CPW-UAW website if there are contested elections. Your mailing address, phone number, and personal email address must be included, but will not be counted toward the 250 words.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to submit the candidate statement, if they choose to have one. All candidate statements must be received by the time nominations close on December 3 at 11:59pm EST.
Following the close of nominations, all candidates in contested districts will meet with the Elections Committee via Zoom. This meeting will determine the order of names on the ballot and the method of mass communications, and address other concerns any candidate may have. This meeting will take place following the close of nominations, but before ballots are sent to members.
Election Dates, Times and Locations
In the event that the number of eligible candidates who accept nomination for the specified position do not exceed the number of vacant positions, such candidates will be deemed elected by acclamation and no election will be held.
If there are contested positions, elections will take place online from December 18 to December 23. If you are a member of the union, you will receive a ballot in your email and text messages once voting begins. If you wish to participate, you will need to sign a membership card and join the union.
Election Location: Online
Election Start Date: Friday, December 18 at 9:00am EST
Election End Date: Wednesday, December 23 at 12:00pm EST
A runoff election, if necessary, will be held on January 4. The details will be announced if necessary.
CPW-UAW Elections Committee