Election Notice

Notice of Rules for Election of Officers, Executive Board Members and CWA Convention Delegates for 2017

In accordance with the Article 25, “Elections,” Section 3, “Local Officers,” of the CWA Constitution, Article 11, “Duties of Officers,” Section 3, “Executive Board,” and Article 14, “Nominations and Elections,” Section 3, “Elections,” of the Bylaws of Local 6355, as amended,  the Executive Board has authorized the following rules for the CWA Local 6355 Elections Committee to abide by in conducting elections for Local Officers, Executive Board members and CWA Convention Delegates.  

Members are advised that nominations for all Local offices (President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer) and Executive Board members (Parkway Area Representative, Foster Care Area Representative, Department of Health and Senior Services Area Representative, Department of Social Services (DSS) Northern Missouri Area Representative, DSS Kansas City Area Representative, DSS Southwestern Missouri Area Representative, DSS Mid-Missouri Area Representative, DSS Southeastern Missouri Area Representative, DSS St Louis Area Representative) may be submitted by mail to a post office box secured for the Elections Committee by the Local between August 15, 2017 and September 5, 2017.

Nominations must be in writing, received at the Elections Post Office box no later than September 2, 2017 and contain the following information:  (1) The name of the CWA Local 6355 member being nominated; (2) the office for which the member is being nominated; (3) the printed name and signature of at least two members of CWA Local 6355 in support of the nomination.  The address to mail nominations to will be published online at www.cwa6355.org and on the CWA Local 6355 facebook page no later than August 15, 2017.  Any member needing the address may also contact the CWA office at 314-241-5499 or 1-800-575-6355.

The Elections Committee will open, review and announce the results of the nominations process on or about September 5, 2017.  Challenges and certifications of nominations will be processed according to the Bylaws.  Members duly nominated without opposition will be certified as elected by acclimation.

Ballots for any contested elections will be mailed to the address on file with Local 6355 of any member who may participate in the contested election.  Ballots will be mailed as soon as possible after the conclusion of the challenge and certification period for nominations.  Officer nominees must belong to a recognized bargaining unit or organizing campaign. These are DSS, DHSS, Parkway, Foster Care providers. Members wishing to vote in any contested election which they are eligible to participate in will need to mail their ballots so that they are received at the Elections Committee Post Office box no later than October 1, 2017.  The Elections Committee will count the ballots for the election on October 1, 2017.  If necessary, the Elections Committee will initiate any required run off elections as quickly as possible.

The term for all new officers and Executive Board members will begin on November 15, 2017.

Adopted by the CWA 6355 Executive Board on January 21, 2017; published in the Winter 2017 edition of the Local 6355 newsletter.

The address to mail nominations is:

CWA Local 6355, P.O.Box 8127,  St. Louis, MO 63156

All nominations were officially closed and collected from a secured post office box on or about Tuesday, September 5, 2017.  On Wednesday, September 7, 2017 the nominations were officially, opened, viewed then tabulated by the CWA Local 6355 Elections Committee with the following results:

Local Offices:

President:  Natashia Pickens

Vice President:  Bradley Harmon

Secretary/Treasurer:  Steven Davis

Department of Social Services St Louis Area Representative:  Marcia Gant.

The elections committee has certified that these nomination results have been adequately reviewed and documented in accordance with the CWA Constitution and CWA Local 6355 Bylaws.

Signed by

Jamie Reed and Christina Shelton, CWA Local 6355 Elections Committee

No challenges to the above nominations have been received by CWA Local 6355 and the period to submit challenges to the nominations has expired.  Therefore, in accordance with the CWA Constitution and the CWA Local 6355 Bylaws, Natashia Pickens is certified elected Local President, Bradley Harmon is certified elected Local Vice President, Steven Davis is certified elected Local Secretary/Treasurer and Marcia Gant is certified elected DSS St Louis Area Representative by acclimation.  The terms for newly elected officers will become effective in November 2017 upon their swearing in.  The Local President may appoint members to serve in any vacant Executive Board positions with the advice and consent of the Executive Board.  There are vacancies for Area Representative positions from Department of Social Services, Department of Health and Senior Services, Parkway School District and Foster Care Providers.  Members interested in serving in these positions should contact the union office at 314-241-5499.  The terms of all newly elected and any subsequently appointed officers or Executive Board members will end in November 2020 as specified in the CWA Constitution and the CWA Local 6355 Bylaws.