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:
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.
MRC Chapter, DDS Chapter Board Member (out of 55 votes)
Adrienne Hullum: 2
Paulina Mauras: 1
Stephanie Tusini: 52 (Elected)
DCF Northeast Region Vice President (out of 105 votes)
Gerard Murphy: 34
Natalie Ross: 70 (Elected)
Blank/No Vote: 1
Chapter On Public Safety Joint Executive Board Seat (out of 139 votes)
Deanna Acquefresca: 10
John Cunningham: 81 (Elected)
Daniel MacDonald: 36
Paul McAuliffe: 12
Interested in getting involved in your chapter? Check out the 509 Elections page for the latest leadership opportunities!
Results for the 2015 Constitutional Amendments are in! With all ballots tallied, one amendment was accepted by SEIU Local 509 members, while the second was declined. (A two-thirds majority is needed to amend the union constitution.) Detailed results below.
PASSED (720 Yes to 117 No): Article V Section 7
Higher Education members shall be considered in ‘good standing’ if they have taught at least one class in one semester during the 12 months preceding the nomination and have reasonable expectation that they will be teaching at least one class in one semester during the 12 months following the nomination.
DECLINED (472 Yes to 394 No): Article III, Section 1
Retired members of Local 509 Shall not be eligible to be nominated or elected as officers or delegates of Local 509. Current retired officers and officers who retire during their elected term of office shall be allowed to complete their term of service.
Thank you to everyone who participated.
Participants in the 2014 ‘Real Time Strategic Change’ summit overwhelmingly agreed that the union must “create a culture of accountability and high standards for every leadership role in the union.” To reach that goal, the resulting Accountability Workgroup established job duties for all union officers, which were then forwarded on for a formal vote.
The following job descriptions and duties were approved by the SEIU509 Joint Executive Board to ensure all leaders understand the expectations and accountability for the use of back-off time.
With 51.8% of the vote, Philip Wachsler has been elected in the race for Local 509 Union Trustee. Wachsler, a longtime steward and Secretary of Grievances from the Department of Transitional Assistance chapter, will join fellow Trustees Patrick Barry Michael Grunko.
Trustees are charged with safeguarding the finances of the union, working with the Treasurer to oversee annual audits and select banks and other investment vehicles. The trio also oversee special elections to fill vacancies between General Elections and serve as Ex Officio members of the Joint Executive Board.
Please join us in welcoming Phil to the Local 509 Trustee team.
All ballots cast in contests for SEIU Local 509 offices and Constitutional Amendments were tabulated today by TrueBallot — the independent authority managing the 2013 elections. Results are included below for all contested races.
Winners will be sworn in at the next Local 509 Joint Executive Board Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00pm. Officers who ran unopposed will also be sworn in at that time. Congratulations to the our incoming leaders!
|SEIU 509 President||Susan Tousignant||75.35%||1186|
|DCF Regional VP/Northeast Region||Anthony Labo||86.42%||70|
|COPS JEB/Chapter Wide Seat (Vote for 2)||Joe Grady||39.59%||78|
|DOR Chapter President||Jim Cunningham||70.06%||117|
|DTA Regional VP/Region 1 Boston||Sonrisa Haynes||62.50%||60|
|DTA Regional VP/Region 2 North Shore||Joe Malone||75.00%||36|
|DTA Regional VP/Region 3 South Shore and Cape||Cheri Antelo||66.67%||64|
|DTA CEB member/Region 4 Merrimack Valley (Vote for 2)||Michelle Auterio||38.00%||19|
|IST Chapter President||Linda Delman||57.89%||33|
|IST JEB member||Robert O’Haver||59.26%||32|
|Local 509 Constitutional Amendment #1||Yes||91.50%||1335|
|Local 509 Constitutional Amendment #2||Yes||89.63%||1314|
With the Local 509 Annual Meeting now behind us, elections for local-wide and chapter offices are now underway — along with votes on key constitutional amendments. Ballots will arrive in the coming week, but you can get to know the candidates and issues at stake now with the special Election Edition of the 509 News.
This edition of 509 News includes statements from the candidates and arguments for the passage of specific amendments, along with reports on new organizing drives, legislative priorities and ballot initiatives.
Keep an eye out for the 509 News Election Edition, arriving in mailboxes soon — or download a digital copy here.