09/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Nominating candidates for office is a fundamental component of democratically electing union officers, and an important part of the election process.
According to the Labor Management and Disclosure Act, union members must be given a reasonable opportunity to nominate candidates. To do this, election officials (or other responsible officials) must provide a timely notice of nominations and must use procedures that give all members the opportunity to make nominations.
Even if local officials believe no one wants to run, a nomination notice must be sent to all members, and nominations for each office must take place each term.