Unit 1 Steward Nominations

Megan 'the Hammer' Herrington, our most excellent VP-Unit 1 will be stepping down as of the 20th of March 2015.  It's a good news story for Megan, less so for our Local as it requires us to elect a Unit 1 Steward to cover the time gap from now till our next elections in December.

In order to fill the vacant position, in accordance with the OPSEU Constitution, the local will have to hold an election to find a Unit 1 Steward replacement for the period from the March 20th 2015, until our normal elections in December of this year.  The election will be held during a Unit 1 meeting on March 17th  2015.  We will be following the standard election process that we used December 2013.  

Please email our VP of communications, comms@opseulocal596.org with your nominations and he will update this page with your nomination.   Those that do not have access to the internet will be able to submit a paper nomination to the OPSEU office.  The paper nomination is available at the OPSEU office, from this web page:


or from the Documents & Resources link on the left hand side of this page.

Nominated Members 
for VP-Unit 1
Once the nominated have send in a profile a link to it will be provided above for you to read it over and prepare your self before the up coming election.  You may wish to contact the nominated and the nominators to get an idea on who to vote for.  Come prepared come March 17th!!


The Election process for Local 596 VP-Unit 1 
as per the OPSEU Constitution
  1. The Election for this position will be held on 17 March at noon in POD 247A. 
  2. Nominations collected prior to the March 17th meeting and floor nominations must be presented during this meeting. Each candidate candidate will have the opportunity to accept or decline the nomination.
  3. Candidates who have accepted the nomination will have a maximum of 3 minutes to address the membership.
  4. If only one candidate is standing for the position, that candidate will be acclaimed and there will be no election.
  5. If two or more candidates are running, the standard election process will be followed.  The standard election process is described from points 6 - below.
  6. A chief scrutineer will be appointed. This scrutineer is usually a steward.
  7. Candidates will then appoint their own scrutineers  to observe the vote-counting process.
  8. Voting must be done in person via the paper-ballot method as per the OPSEU Constitution.
  9. The doors of the meeting room are then sealed ('tiled' is the technical term) and the ballots will be distributed to the members.
  10. Once the ballots have been cast, the doors of the meeting room are opened.
  11. The ballots are then counted. This will happen in the Union office.
  12. A candidate needs 50% of the ballots, plus 1, to win: in other words a simple majority. If more than 2 candidates are running and one candidate doesn't get 50% plus one, then the lowest balloting candidate drops out and another round of voting is held.
  13. Steps 9 - 12 are repeated until the winning candidate is elected.
  14. A motion is made to destroy the ballots at which time the ballots are destroyed.