Election of Union Officers

Department of Labor Rules For Election of Union Officers

Title IV of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, as amended [PDF], sets forth rules that every union must follow when conducting elections of local officers and elections of delegates to state conventions where officers will be elected.

DOL Resources for Local Election Committees

The U.S. Department of Labor has published several guides to help local election committees comply with the rules when supervising local elections:

This publication contains a step-by-step guide for conducting an election of local officers using a polling place or mailed ballots. It lists the requirements of the law, gives suggestion on compliance, and describes common mistakes that local election officials make. 

This publication lists all the steps for conducting a local election in chronological order. 

This publication provides recommendations to ensure that when ballots are mailed, local election officials are using the most up to date mailing list.

APWU Resources for Candidates and Election Committee Members

This two-page form satisfies the DOL requirement that candidates certify they have not been found guilty of a felony that would prohibit them from holding a union office. The form is also used for candidates to certify their acceptance of nomination and allow thier names to appear on a local ballot, and to affirm that they are in compliance with the APWU National Constitution and Bylaws. 

This presentation describes all DOL election rules as well as the requirements of the APWU National Constitution and Bylaws. It also provides tips on conducting local elections. (This document is used for training during APWU “webinars.”)

Statement Concerning Postal Union Political Literature on Union Bulletin Boards

Under federal law, it is illegal to use union property to campaign for union office. This prohibition applies to using union bulletin boards, copy machines, and all other union property for campaign purposes, and it is strictly enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The APWU national Secretary-Treasurers’ office advises local election committees to not permit campaign literature to be posted on union bulletin boards. Union bulletin boards are where members who cannot attend meetings get the “word” about their union and what their representatives are doing. Since campaign literature cannot be censored, locals risk having offensive or divisive campaign material posted on their bulletin boards. Union bulletin boards should be for official union business, not as places for candidates to disparage one another.

However, if a local union decides to allow posting of political literature on its bulletin boards, it must make them available to all candidates on an equal basis. This means that all candidates for the office must be informed of the availability of the bulletin boards for campaign purposes and given a fair and equal opportunity to have their literature posted.

Sample Union and Employer Funds Prohibition Letter

Sample Union and Employer Funds Prohibition Letter [PDF]

This letter explains the details of Section 401(g) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 including restrictions of the use of union and employer funds for any type of campaign purpose. Local election chairpersons should download this letter for distribution to candidates for all the “Do’s and Don’ts” of campaigning – especially in the workplace. 

News: Election of Union Officers

Local Union Elections

10/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

It starts with the process for nominations. One of the ways to alleviate and hopefully prevent complaints, Local Election Committee (LEC) and National Election Appeals Committee (NEAC) appeals, and Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) investigations, is for local affiliates to ensure elections are conducted in accordance with Department of Labor (DOL) guidelines.

Your Local Election Committee

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell

Union elections represent one of the foundations of our democracy. Union members have the right to nominate and vote for their leadership and those officers who will be placed in charge of protecting the rights of postal workers and the administration of the union. 

APWU Web News Article 237-2016

Officers Installed Under the Theme "Continuing to Move Forward"

11/10/2016 -

Newly elected APWU officers take their oath of office, administered by the Honorable Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. The new term started Nov. 12, 2016 and will end in November 2019.

The American Postal Workers Union’s elected officers were installed Nov. 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Mark Dimondstein, Vice President Debby Szeredy, and Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell took their oath of office along with almost 80 elected officers. Members of the Executive Board, Craft Division Directors and Assistant Directors, and Department Heads, as well as National Business Agents (NBAs) all raised their hand and pledged to “uphold the Constitution and Bylaws of the [APWU]” and “perform the duties of [their] office to the best of [their] ability.”

Official Results in Election of Union Officers

Dimondstein Scores Overwhelming Victory; His Team Wins Decisively

11/01/2016 -

The APWU Election Committee: Standing from left: Arrion Brown, Darcy Wood, Tony Turner, Beverly Fletcher and Matthew Thomas. Seated: Koquise Edwards and Michelle Elliott.

(This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.

APWU President Mark Dimondstein scored an overwhelming victory on Oct. 6, winning re-election with 84 percent of the votes cast. Dimondstein’s entire slate won: Incumbent Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy won re-election, beating two opponents. Challenger Vance Zimmerman, who ran on Dimondstein’s slate, won as Director of Industrial Relations.

APWU Web News Article 226-2016

APWU Election Results Certified

10/14/2016 - The official results [PDF – Members Only] of the APWU Election of National Officers have been tabulated and were certified by the American Arbitration Association on Oct. 12. A summary will be published in the November-December issue of The American Postal Worker. The posted results have been separated by local. Uncontested offices are not shown in the web posting, but will be listed in the magazine.

APWU Web News Article 224-2016

And the Winners Are…

10/13/2016 - Six locals and six retiree chapters will be rewarded for generating participation in the recent election of national union officers, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell has announced. The top locals and retiree chapters in various size categories will receive prizes, and any local or chapter that achieved a voting level of 100 percent will be rewarded.


APWU News Bulletin

Election of Union Officers

Dimondstein Scores Overwhelming Victory

His Team Wins Decisively

10/06/2016 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein scored an overwhelming victory on Oct. 6, winning re-election with 84 percent of the votes cast. Incumbent Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy won re-election, beating two opponents. Challenger Vance Zimmerman, who also ran on Dimondstein’s slate, won as Director of Industrial Relations. Unofficial results for all races are printed below. Winners are denoted with an asterisk; incumbent officers are denoted by “(I)” after their name. Certified results are expected in the next several days and will be posted at Results also will appear in the next issue of The American Postal Worker. 

APWU Web News Article 222-2016

Ballot Counting Underway in APWU Election

10/06/2016 - UPDATE:

UPDATE 12:45 p.m. - The American Arbitration Association has resolved technical difficulties that were affecting the display of results in the APWU election of national union officers.

Click here or visit to see partial, unofficial results. The tally will be updated frequently.

The counting of ballots in the APWU election of national union officers got underway at approximately 7 a.m. EDT on Oct. 6. 

APWU Web News Article 215-2016


Deadline Nears In APWU Officers Election

09/28/2016 - Time is running out for union members to vote in the APWU National Officers election. To be counted, ballots must be returned to and received in the designated post office box by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

UPDATE: As of Sept. 27, just over one week before the deadline, the unofficial count of ballots received was 34,199. Votes will be tallied at Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington DC 20002. Preliminary, unofficial results will be posted on the union’s website,, as soon as they are available, and will be updated frequently. Official results will be posted as soon as they are available as well.