NOTICE OF ELECTION: USW Smoky Mountain Local 507
Pursuant to a voluntary settlement agreement signed on October 19, 2015, Steelworkers AFL-CIO (USW) Local 9-507 (Local 507) will conduct a new election and new nominations for the offices of President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Recording Secretary, Vice President Product Services, Vice President Maintenance, Vice President Materials, Vice President Non-Exempt, Vice President Paper and Board, Vice President Pulp Production, Vice President Recovery and Utilities, Vice President TQA, Vice President Waynesville Shipping, Vice President Waynesville Extruder, and three Trustees under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. Each area will vote for their Departmental Vice-President. The term of office will be for the remainder of the three year term ending April 30, 2018 (in accordance with the USW Local 507 Constitution and Bylaws).
The election shall be by majority vote of the members in good standing participating in the manual secret ballot election. The election will be conducted at two polling sites (Canton, NC and Waynesville, NC) at the date, times, and locations listed below. Canton union members will vote at the Local 507 union hall and Waynesville union members will vote at the Waynesville Facility.
1. Date: February 04, 2016 2. Date February 04, 2016
Time: 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Time: 5:00 a.m. at 7:00p.m.
Place: Local 507 Hall Place: Waynesville Facility
35 Park Street 1329 Howell Mill Rd
Canton, NC 28716 Waynesville, NC 28786
The tally of the ballots will occur at the Local 507 union hall immediately follow the closing of the both polls. In the event that no person has a majority of the votes, but only a plurality, a runoff election will be held on March 03, 2016 between the two candidates polling the largest number of votes at the same polling locations and same times. The runoff election tally of the ballots will immediately follow the closing of both polls. In the case of another tie, the current Executive Board will select a winner by casting a secret ballot with the President making a final decision if there is still a tie after the Executive Board votes under the supervision of the OLMS Election Supervisor. Installation for those elected will occur at the March 2016 membership meeting, unless a runoff election occurs, and then the installation will occur at the April 2016 membership meeting.
Any member who is in good standing on February 4, 2016, will be eligible to vote.
Any person who has been recently hired by the Company that the Local Union services and who has signed and delivered to the Local Union a dues check-off and membership application card by February 3, 2016 is considered to have satisfied the dues payment requirement for membership even though the member’s first dues payment has not yet been deducted by the Company and will be eligible to vote.
Any person who is not a new hire but has become a member of the Local Union and has paid a $125.00 initiation fee and signed and delivered to the Local Union a dues check-off card by February 03, 2016 will be eligible to vote.
Individuals who are not known to the election committee will be required to show photo identification at the polls. Prior to being issued a ballot, members will be required to sign the voter eligibility list. Anyone whose name does not appear on the eligibility list will be permitted to vote a challenged ballot. In the event a member, who was mailed an absentee ballot, shows up to vote at the polling site he or she will be permitted to vote. However, if that member also returned an absentee ballot, that absentee ballot will be voided and set aside.
Absentee ballots are available to any members whose work will require the member to be more than fifty (50) miles away from the designated polling places during the time of the election and members who are prevented from appearing at the polls because of service in the armed forces or vacation may cast an absentee ballot. All requests for absentee ballots must be made in writing and received at least seven (7) days in advance of the election (January 28, 2016) by the Election Supervisor Cassetta L. Elam.
Written requests for an absentee ballot may be submitted in three (3) ways:
- Mail: Cassetta L. Elam, Election Supervisor 2. Fax: (615)-736-7148
U.S. Department of Labor – OLMS
233 Cumberland Bend, Ste 110
Nashville, TN 37228
3. Email: elam.cassetta @dol.gov
The requesting member must sign the request and specify which of the three limited circumstances entitles him or her to vote via absentee ballot. Additionally, the requesting member must include his or her address where he or she would like the absentee ballot mailed and a phone number. Absentee ballots must be received in PO Box 723, Canton, NC 28716 by 5:00 p.m. on February 04, 2016. If a runoff election is necessary, anyone requesting an absentee ballot in the initial election will automatically be sent an absentee ballot for the runoff election. Additional requests for absentee ballots must be made in writing and received at least seven (7) days in advance of the runoff election (February 25, 2016) by the Election Supervisor Cassetta L. Elam. The absentee ballots for the runoff election must be received in PO Box 723, Canton, NC 28716 by 5:00 p.m. on March 03, 2016.
For this election, the normal USW protest procedures will not apply. Any member in good standing may protest the supervised election for valid cause; such protest should be made in writing, at any time before, during, or within 10 days after the election and addressed to Election Supervisor Cassetta L. Elam, OLMS Nashville Office, 233 Cumberland Bend Drive, Suite 110, Nashville, TN, 37228.