|Martin and Kenzie assembling ballots.
A BIG thank you to all of the members that came out to the Portland AFSCME office Tuesday evening to put our ballots together. The Lab and HQ were both well represented! All 450-plus members of our Local will be receiving their ballots in the mail in the next several days. The question that each member will be asked is: Are you in favor of ratifying our 2019-2021 Tentative Agreement?
Why do we do this?
Well, our bargaining team does not have the authority to enter into a contract on behalf of our members. That authority rests with the body of our membership. That is why it is called a Tentative Agreement. That is why the membership must vote. We must decide as a group whether or not we accept the changes that the Bargaining Team agreed to. One member, one vote. People who have not signed a membership card are non-members and do not get to vote on our contract.
***If you would like to vote and have not signed a card but you would like to become a member and vote please contact President Eric Feeley at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange that ASAP.***
When you recieve your ballot you will find 3 items:
1) Ballot - this is where you will need to mark "Yes" or "No"
2) Summary of Local Table and Central Table Tentative Agreements
3) Stamped return envelope
The first thing you should do is read your ballot to understand both the question that is being asked as well as the instructions for returning your ballot so that it can be counted.
Next, you should review the summaries of both the Local Table & Central Table TAs. If you feel you need more detailed information before deciding on how you will vote, please refer to the 2019 Bargaining Information Tab on this website to view the actual TAs with the exact contract language changes. If you don't feel you have enough information in either the summaries included with your ballot or the actual TAs posted to our website, please feel free to contact President Eric Feeley with any outstanding questions at email@example.com.
Finally, make sure to follow the instructions carefully so that your ballot is valid and mail your completed ballot back using the return stamped envelope.
Thank you for your participation in your Union and our Democracy!
President, AFSCME Local 3336