POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2022
Twenty-four months ago, Local 258 IBEW President Dave McMinn suspended all in-person Unit Meetings across the province when public health orders were issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting public gatherings. The suspension was approved by IBEW Canada.
With restrictions now being eased as we move through this transitional phase of the pandemic, President McMinn has advised that Unit meetings will officially resume in March with a series of nomination meetings where members nominate candidates in preparation for this year’s Union elections.
All in-person Unit meetings were suspended in April of 2020 as public health orders restricted public gatherings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health officials remain proceeding with caution and have recently determined that many restrictions can now be eased. Accordingly, the March nomination meetings will currently be subject to the following public health orders:
• You will be asked to show your BC ID and vaccination QR code.
• Masks will be required at these indoor events
Meetings have been scheduled as follows:
Unit 1 – Terrace Tuesday, March 15 @ 7:00 pm Best Western Hotel
Unit 2 – Prince George Thursday, March 17 @ 7:00 pm Coast Inn of the North
Unit 3 – Vernon Thursday, March 17 @ 5:30 pm Army & Navy Club
Unit 4 – Nanaimo Tuesday, March 15 @ 5:30 pm Cavallotti Lodge
Unit 5 – Vancouver Thursday, March 17 @ 5:00 pm Italian Cultural Centre
Unit 6 – Langley Tuesday, March 15 @ 6:00 pm IBEW Union Hall
Virtual Union Executive Board meetings have continued during the past 24 months with minutes being posted on your password-protected Union website at www.ibew258.bc.ca.
All members have been notified by lettermail of the details of meeting procedures including candidate requirements. A copy of the letter is included below:
Notice of Nominations for Election of Officers
Local 258 of the IBEW
In accordance with the IBEW Constitution and Local Union 258 bylaws, the nominations for Union Officers and Unit Officers will be held at the regular meetings around the province during the month of March 2022.
At these meetings, the Unit Chair will suspend the regular order of business to declare a “Special Order of Business” to accept nominations for the 2022 Union Elections. No member shall be nominated for more than one office. If a member is nominated for more than one office, he/she will immediately declare for which office he/she will be a candidate.
Article III, Section 4 (b) of our byelaws outlines that the person being nominated does not have to be present at the meeting when he/she is nominated but MUST have provided the Unit Recorder/Unit Chair written evidence that he/she is willing to stand for a specific position.
No member shall be eligible for Local Union Office unless he/she has been a member of Local union 258 in continuous good standing for at least two years immediately prior to the nomination. To be eligible to run for Unit Office, one must have been a member in continuous good standing for at least six months in that Unit. Members from one Unit may nominate members of another Unit for a Local Union Office.
Any member nominated can withdraw his/her name at any time prior to election by announcement at the nomination meeting notification in writing to the Local Union President. Nominated candidates may prepare a summary of their history as per the IBEW Constitution. The summary must be in the hands of the Election Board no later than April 8, 2022 at 4 PM.
All voting shall be by mail ballot. The ballots shall be mailed to each member eligible to vote on April 29, 2022. The ballots shall be counted on June 1, 2022 in the Union Office in Langley starting at 8:30 am. Candidates for Union Offices (except Local Union Executive Board) must receive a majority of votes cast. If a majority of votes is not received by a candidate then a run-off election shall be held between the two candidates receiving the most votes. This run-off election shall be counted on June 29, 2022 at the Union Office in Langley starting at 8:30 am. Candidates for Unit Offices shall be decided by the candidate receiving the most votes.
President (and delegate to the International Convention), Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Business Manager/Financial Secretary (and delegate to the International Convention, Treasurer.
Unit Chair (Executive Board Member), Unit Vice-Chair, Unit Recorder, Executive Member (two).
Date, Time and Place of meetings where nominations will be accepted are as follows:
Unit 1 – March 15, 2022 Best Western Hotel, Terrace 7:00 pm
Unit 2– March 17, 2022 Coast Inn of the North, Prince George 7:00 pm
Unit 3 – March 17, 2022 Army and Navy Club, Vernon 5:30 pm
Unit 4 – March 15, 2022 Cavallotti Lodge, Nanaimo 5:30 pm
Unit 5 – March 17, 2022 Italian Cultural Center, Vancouver 5:00 pm
Unit 6 – March 15, 2022 IBEW Union Hall, Langley 6:00 pm