Procedures for Constitutional Amendments

To be considered this year, any proposed amendments to the SEIU Local 509 Constitution must be received at the Local 509 office by August 27, 2016 at 12:00pm. Any of the following methods can be used to propose an amendment:

  1. By petition signed by 50 members in good standing of Local 509
  2. By two-thirds vote of the Joint Executive Board (JEB), or
  3. By two-thirds vote of a Chapter Board

Each amendment requires a separate petition or vote in order to qualify. If more than one amendment is submitted on a single set of signatures or by a single vote by a Chapter Board or the Joint Executive Board, only the first proposed amendment will qualify.

Amendments that qualify will be printed in the election edition of 509 News and mailed to all Local 509 members at least 30 days before the annual meeting.

At the annual meeting on October 15, 2016 the amendments will be debated. They may be perfected (amended further) by majority vote. The members at the annual meeting will then decide by majority vote whether to send each amendment to the membership for ratification. If approved, a special constitutional amendment ballot will be mailed to the membership.

Amendment(s) will be approved if two-thirds (2/3) of those who vote support them. If approved by the membership, they will be sent to the International Union for review. Once approved, the amendments are added to the SEIU Local 509 Constitution. Contact Jenny Bauer at 617-924-8509-x516 with questions.

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