Union Election Resources
Resources for all UWUA locals regarding the laws and regulations we must all follow in conducting local union elections
- To start, please review the UWUA Constitution and the local union bylaws and election rules (if applicable) to determine proper election procedures. Review these materials well in advance of a local union election. The UWUA’s constitution is available online here.
- Conducting Local Union Elections: A Guide For Election Officials by the U.S. Department of Labor – This guide takes you step by step through the election process, will help you to identify your responsibilities during each step, and will provide suggestions to make your job easier. I suggest that a copy of this guide be provided to the local union election committee and made available to candidates for office.
- Electing Local Union Officers by Mail by the U.S. Department of Labor – This guide helps local unions looking to conduct elections by mail and explains how to conduct these processes in accordance with the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959. It is especially relevant for locals spread out over a vast geographic area who may find voting in person difficult.
- Legal Restrictions on Involvement in Union Election Campaigns by Union Officers, Local Unions, Staff and Candidates by Global Election Services – This document outlines a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions including how to legally campaign, prohibited campaign activities, restrictions on union funds and more.
Finally, if you have questions about these materials or anything else regarding local union elections please reach out to your local’s staff representative, call us at (202) 899-2851 or contact us online here.