Local Union Election Manual

Union democracy depends upon two things: an understanding of the union’s procedures and participation. Nowhere is understanding of more importance than in the local unions’ elections process.

This manual represents an attempt to spell out, in uncomplicated terms, the requirements that AFSCME local unions must meet in conducting elections. We have taken the requirements spelled out in the AFSCME Constitution and included them here, with wording approved by the International Executive Board.

The International Union Constitution — and not this manual — is the last word on whether an election is valid. The union has its own Judicial Panel to investigate alleged irregularities in local union elections and to apply the appropriate provisions of the Constitution. This manual does not affect that procedure, nor does
it deal with provisions that may exist in local union constitutions. Since councils have different procedures involving delegate voting, council elections are not covered in this manual.

Rather, the manual has attempted to make the election process clear to every AFSCME member. I urge that all local union officers and election committee members read the manual in advance of local union elections. An understanding of and an adherence to proper election procedures will strengthen our union as a democratic institution.