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This article should contain necessary provisions establishing the nomination and election procedures of Stewards and Committeepersons, including the methods and places of balloting and the required notice procedures. However, it is still permissible to provide, as is the practice in many Local Unions, that Stewards and Committeepersons shall be nominated and elected at the same area or district meeting. It is impossible to make any specific suggestions in this area since Local Unions have such differing customs, all equally constitutional in this area, and the Steward and/or Committeepersons structure of each Local Union is determined primarily by its collective bargaining contract.

This article should provide that all members in good standing working under the jurisdiction to be represented by the Steward or Committeeperson shall be eligible to nominate and vote for the Steward or Committeeperson.

There should be a provision setting forth the procedure for recall of a Steward or Committeeperson in accordance with Article 15 Section E of the Constitution, and this provision should set forth the following reasonable minimum requirements for the recall procedure:

“A vote on the question of recalling a Steward or Committeeperson may be initiated by a petition setting forth the reasons why the recall is sought, and signed by at least 25 percent of the current members working under the jurisdiction of the Steward or Committeeperson.”

“Twenty-five percent of the current members working under the jurisdiction of the Steward or Committeeperson must be present at the recall meeting to establish a quorum.”

“A two-thirds vote of those present and voting is necessary to recall.”

Note: The petition and quorum requirements cannot be less than 25 percent or more than 50 percent and the petition and quorum requirements must be the same percent.

There should be a provision providing that in the event of a vacancy in a Steward or Committeeperson position, one or more new Stewards or Committeepersons must be elected as soon as possible and in any event within 30 days.

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