NOMINATIONS AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS OF LOCAL 597
Notice is hereby given of the nomination and election of the following officers of Local Union 597: Secretary-Treasurer Principal Officer, President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, and three Trustees and one Business Agent. The term of office for these officers will commence on January 1, 2024, and conclude on December 31, 2026
Nominations will be accepted at a special membership meeting of Local Union 597 to be held on September 3, 2023, at 9 a.m. at the Local 597 Union Hall at 149 Quarry Hill Road South Barre, Vermont 05670.
Nominations must be made and seconded from the floor by members of Local Union 597 in good standing with dues paid through August 2023. Any back dues or fees may be paid at the Local Union office through 4:00pm on September 1, 2023. Nominees must accept nomination in person, or if absent, in writing for only one office. Written acceptances must be submitted to the Local Union Secretary-Treasurer.
Eligibility to run for office
To be eligible to be nominated for Local Union office, a member must be in continuous good standing in Local Union 597 and actively employed at the craft within the jurisdiction of the for twenty-four months prior to the month of nomination. “Continuous good standing” is defined as compliance with the requirements regarding the timely payment of dues, together with no interruptions in active membership because of suspension, expulsions, withdrawals, transfers or failures to pay fines or assessments.
A member on dues checkoff will not lose good standing as a result of a delay or default by the employer in sending dues to the local or because of an employer’s failure to make the proper deductions from the members pay in any month in which the member had any earnings from which deductions could have been made.
Potential candidates are encouraged to check their eligibility, and the eligibility of their nominators and seconders, prior to the nomination meeting by submitting a written request to the Local Union Secretary-Treasurer.
Election will be conducted by mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed to all active members and new applicants eligible for membership in Local Union 597 on or about September 13, 2023. All ballots must be received at the designated Post Office Box by 10:00 a.m. on October 7, 2023, to be counted. Members who have not received a ballot by September 20, 2023. should call the Local Union Office at 1-800-371-1708 to request a ballot. Duplicate ballots may be requested through September 29, 2023.
Instructions for the completion of the ballot will be enclosed in the ballot package. This is a secret ballot vote. You should mark your ballot in private and mail your ballot, sealed in the secret ballot envelope. To the designated post office box in the postage paid business reply envelope provided. Do not give your ballot to anyone.
Eligibility to vote
To be eligible to vote in this election a member of Local Union 597 must be in good standing with initiation fees and dues paid through August 2023. Members have until 2:00 p.m. on October 6, 2023, to pay their initiation fees or dues at the Local Union office in order to have their votes counted. Under the International Constitution, any member on dues checkoff shall not lose good standing as a result of a failure by an employer to send deducted dues to the Local or to make a proper deduction from the member’s pay in any month in which a member has any earnings from which dues could have been deducted.
Elected officers of the Local Union shall, by virtue of such election, be delegates to any Joint Council with which the Local is affiliated, as well as to any convention of any subordinate body which may take place during the term of office. Elected Local Union Officers shall be delegates to such bodies in the order of priority set forth in the Local Union Bylaws. Copies of the provisions of the international Constitution, the Local Union 597 bylaws, and the rules governing the conduct of this mail ballot election are available, upon request, from the Local Union.
August 11, 2023
Local Union 597 Executive Board
This is an Official Election Notice which must remain posted until October 7, 2023