VSEA Elections, Rules And Nominating Committee Chair’s Memo About 2009 Union Officer Elections

The following VSEA Officer and Trustee seats are up for nomination for election:
 
·         VSEA Officers (President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, Clerk)
·         District #3 Trustee (Newport/Island Pond, Lamoille, Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury Chapters)
·         District #6 Trustee (Brattleboro, Springfield, White River Junction Chapters)
·         Non-Management Unit
To:       VSEA Members
From:  Catherine Simpson, Chair of VSEA Elections, Rules and Nominating Committee
Re:       VSEA Elections
Date:  May 1, 2009
 
The following VSEA Officer and Trustee seats are up for nomination for election:
 
·         VSEA Officers (President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, Clerk)
·         District #3 Trustee (Newport/Island Pond, Lamoille, Northeast Kingdom/St. Johnsbury Chapters)
·         District #6 Trustee (Brattleboro, Springfield, White River Junction Chapters)
·         Non-Management Unit
 
 
The Officer term for these seats runs from September 12, 2009 until the end of the day of Annual Meeting September 2011. For Officer Petitions, the deadline is June 1, 2009 if participating in the Council forum, OR July 14, 2009 as final deadline.
 
The Trustee term for these three seats runs from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2012.  For Trustee Petitions, the deadline is June 1, 2009
 
If you are interested in running for election to any of these seats, please complete the enclosed petition and return it to VSEA Headquarters by the deadline date.
 
To be eligible for candidacy for the Officer seats, you must be an active VSEA member in good standing. To be eligible for candidacy for either of the District Trustee seats, you must be a member of one of the chapters listed under the District Trustee seat. To be eligible for candidacy for the Unit Trustee position, you must be a member of the Non-Management Unit. In order for your petition to be accepted, it must have the signatures of at least 25 VSEA members. Please note that “agency fee payers” are not full-fledged members and their signatures are not valid for inclusion on your petition.
 
Role of a Trustee:
 
The VSEA Board of Trustees manages the internal affairs of the union and ensures that the policies of VSEA are adhered to. It also reviews and approves the union’s budget for submission to the membership, and it reviews committee reports and recommends action by the Council and members. The Board also sets policy for VSEA.
 
The Board meets monthly and a Trustee is expected to attend the meetings as well as all quarterly Council meetings and the VSEA Annual Meeting. Release time from work is authorized under the unit collective bargaining contract. A Trustee is also assigned at least one VSEA Chapter to assist and is also charged with attending their meetings.
 
If you have questions regarding this election for VSEA Officer or Trustee, please contact Katie Boyd at VSEA Headquarters at kboyd@vsea.org or phone 223-5247.