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    RUNNING FOR DELEGATE TO THE IBT CONVENTION

    GUIDELINES FOR RANK AND FILE TEAMSTERS


    Introduction

    This will give you an outline of the basic information you need to run for delegate to
    the June of 2016 Teamsters convention. For more information (and answers to your
    questions), you can contact Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) at 313-842-2600 or
    email us at info@tdu.org. Make sure you get a copy of the campaign bible: Running for Local
    Union Office which is available from TDU for $20 plus $2 shipping.

    As explained below, the Election Supervisor’s website has forms and information that will be
    useful to you. If you don’t have internet access, or need help with forms or sample letters,
    TDU can provide them.

    The Basic Information You Need

    When is my Local's nomination meeting?

    This and other important information for your Local is available on the Election Supervisor’s
    website, www.ibtvote.org. You can find the date and location of your nomination meeting by
    September 30, 2015, at the latest: https://www.ibtvote.org/delegate-elections

    This will tell you the date and place of the nomination meeting, the dates the ballots will be
    mailed and counted, and the number of delegates and alternates to be elected.

    Can I get a copy of the Local Union Plan?

    The “Local Union Plan” describes in more detail the process that your local will use, including
    who will supervise the election, etc. You don’t need it, but it may be useful to have–especially
    the worksite list. Each Local's plan will be, by September 30, at
    https://www.ibtvote.org/delegate-elections Candidates will want one person from
    their slate to request, in writing, from their principal officer, a list of all shops in your Local.
    If the principal officer declines or delays, contact TDU immediately: a protest to the Election
    Supervisor will do the trick. You need that list to know where every shop is, so you can decide
    where to campaign and pass out your slate's flyers.

    How do I check to see if I am eligible to run?

    If you have your dues paid continuously on time for the past 24 months, or if you have been
    on check off for those 24 months and had earnings in each month, you will be eligible. You
    can verify it by asking the election supervisor, by filling out and mailing this form:
    https://www.ibtvote.org/files/17-Req...5-28-15-v2.pdf

    You can submit them for several members of your slate. You mail them two to four weeks
    before your nomination meeting. Your response will arrive via email.

    How do I get nominated?

    You get nominated by showing up at the nomination meeting, with a nominator and seconder.
    They both must be members in good standing. Note that a member can nominate (or second)
    multiple candidates on a slate. So members of a slate can nominate and second each other.

    You can accept the nomination in writing, if you cannot be at the nomination meeting. It is a
    very good idea for each candidate to sign a written acceptance of the nomination in advance,
    so that if one person cannot make it to the meeting, you will still have a full slate. The
    nominator should have a copy of the acceptance at the meeting, at the time of nomination.
    Note that the form must specify whether you are running for delegate, or alternate delegate–
    not either or both, it must be specific.

    You can also nominate and second candidates in writing, though this is generally not advised.
    Sample forms are available from TDU.

    What about a slate?

    Two or more candidates for delegate and alternate can run on a slate, choose a slate name
    which will be on the ballot, and will be entitled to slate voting status. It is advisable to do so
    because most members vote for a slate, not individuals.

    You will need to fill in a slate declaration form: https://www.ibtvote.org/files/10-Slate-
    Declaration-Form-REVISED-5-18-15.pdf

    You must print the names of every slate member on the form before anyone signs. That's so
    each candidate sees who is running for delegate and alternate, before signing. And each
    person must sign individually; you must never sign this form for someone else. You can use a
    fax to facilitate this process if necessary. You have to turn a copy into the Local Union
    secretary-treasurer no later than the 3rd day following the nomination meeting. You also must
    mail one copy to the Election Supervisor's office in Washington, D. C. The order of the names
    on the form will be the order that the names will be printed on the ballots. You want the most
    well known names at the top, to get the attention of the voters.

    The Keys to a Winning Campaign

    A diverse slate. It’s advantageous to have a slate which is representative of your Local
    Union: different crafts, shops, and diverse in race and gender. And of course a slate of
    committed reform Teamsters, who can win the support of the voting members.
    Some good literature, which hits the issues. TDU can provide you with sample literature
    from successful campaigns. You can help by getting endorsements or pictures of supporters
    to put on the literature. TDU can produce customized flyers.

    Take on the issues. One issue is giving the members a choice in the IBT election for the next
    General Executive Board. “Do you want a choice for general president? Or do you want to
    send delegates who will vote to only allow one candidate on the ballot; Hoffa?” This is just one
    example. TDU can help you formulate the issues.

    Get out and campaign. Person-to-person campaigning is key; at the gates, shops and
    terminals. If you can get supporters campaigning for you visibly on various shifts and among
    various work groups, that is ideal.

    A campaign mailing. All delegate elections are by mail ballot. You should have a good piece
    of literature in the mail just prior to the ballot, to hit each voter when the ballots arrive. TDU
    can provide you with help, samples, and more—including a union printer with extremely
    affordable rates on postcards. Two mailings are better, if you can afford it.

    You have a right to do mailings, and the Local Union will provide the mailing list to a mail
    house. Or you can contact the Teamsters United campaign about using their copy of the IBT
    mailing list. That way, you would not even have to contact the Local Union about a mailing at
    all. Targeted mailings to specific shops or groups are also possible.

    Raise money. To print literature and do mailings, you need money. You can only raise funds
    from dues-paying Teamsters for the delegate election. Even retirees cannot donate. Talk with
    TDU about any questions on budgeting, cost of mailings, etc.

    Turn out the vote. Not all Teamsters are going to vote. In fact, in most Locals, fewer than half
    of members will mail in a ballot. Maybe a lot fewer. So, turning out your voters is key to
    winning. A tried and true way is to build a supporter list, with emails and phone numbers. The
    bigger the better. Phone banking members to remind supporters to vote is very important.
    Build that phone list. There are other ways to get phone numbers. Contact TDU for more info.

    Know the Rules. The delegate elections are governed by the Election Rules, which are
    available here: https://www.ibtvote.org/Election-Rules/Home

    The rules give candidates and members more rights than during Local officer elections, such
    as the right to campaign on the employee parking lot of any employer in your Local Union.
    And, you have independent enforcement if they are violations: you must protest within two
    days of knowing of a violation, but it is easy, fast and impartial. TDU is your expert source of
    info and legal help on this process. Call with questions or for help with a possible protest.

    What Elected Delegates Receive

    All elected delegates and alternate delegates get the following, all paid for by their Local:

    1. Fully paid travel expenses to the convention in Las Vegas
    2. Your own private hotel room at the Paris or the adjoining Bally's hotel for six nights
    3. Meal and expense money for the whole trip
    4. 40 hours of pay for the week, at the same rate that you earn at your regular job
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    Default Re: Guidelines for running for Teamsters convention delegate

    Here's a story on the same topic:
    http://www.tdu.org/becoming_a_convention_delegate

    Of course I post this information because I want to inform members that they have the right to run for delegate, as long as their dues have been paid on time for 24 months before their Local's nomination meeting. Most Teamsters have no idea what a delegate is and does, because when they get their Teamster newsletters in the mail they either toss them in the trash immediately, or barely glance at them. That's one reason why Union density in this country has been dropping since the 1970s.

    Another reason is that even though Teamster members were given the power to vote for the members of the General Executive Board beginning in 1991, most Teamsters don't bother to mail back their postage-paid ballot.

    But if enough members decide to do something, by getting educated, and running for delegate against the Hofficers, then the Teamsters Union will work better for us rank and file dues payers.
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    Default Re: Guidelines for running for Teamsters convention delegate

    It's a shame that the retired can not participate..
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    Default Re: Guidelines for running for Teamsters convention delegate

    Quote Originally Posted by crazy View Post
    It's a shame that the retired can not participate..
    It's true that you can't be a delegate. But if you hear of a slate of candidates for delegate at a Local near you, you can help them pass out flyers in company parking lots. Just wear a Teamster hat, shirt, or jacket, and don't tell the people receiving the flyers that you are retired

    The campaigning would happen during a seven week stretch running from the date of the nomination meeting, until two days before the ballots are counted. That would be somewhere during the first four months of next year, for the vast majority of Locals.
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