New Convention proposals under discussion in SMART
These proposals are not yet endorsed by SMART, but are offered by various members of SMART for consideration by all SEIU members.
Proposed International Union Constitutional amendments, submitted by Ron Tanner, Local 721 retiree:
Section 2. No person shall be eligible for nomination as an officer, member of the Executive Board, delegate, or any other office in a Local Union who has not been a member in continuous good standing in the Local Union for at least two years immediately preceding the nomination and has, during all of that time, paid the full dues required for working members of the Local Union within each month when due. Retirees with at least ten years as a full paying dues member in good standing in the local union prior to the date of retirement shall also be eligible to run as an officer, member of the Executive Board, delegate or any other office in the Local union. Notwithstanding the above, a Local Union may adopt a local union bylaw that reduces this continuous good standing requirement from two years to no less than six months. No person who has been convicted of a felony as defined in Section 504 of the Landrum-Griffin Act (or indictable offense in Canada) shall in accordance with the provisions of applicable law be eligible for nomination under the terms of this Section. If the Local Union has been chartered less than two years, the required period of continuous good standing shall be the entire time that the Local Union has been chartered. Any Local Union may provide in its Constitution and Bylaws for further limitations upon eligibility for nomination, provided such provisions are approved by the International Union. Associate members and life members shall not be eligible for nomination as an officer, member of the Executive Board, delegate, or any other office in the Local Union. Proxy voting shall not be permitted in any election for an officer, member of the Executive Board, delegate or any other office in the Local Union. Write-in candidates shall not be permitted in any election for an officer, member of the Executive Board, delegate or any other office in the Local Union.
Section 4. The basis of representation shall be one delegate for 500 members or less, and one additional delegate for every additional 500 members or major fraction thereof up to 5,000 members, and then one additional delegate for every additional 1,000 members or major fraction thereof. The Executive Board, Provisional, or Interim Board of a Local Union shall in no way modify the number of delegates which shall represent it at the Convention according to the formula above For the purpose of voting, the computation of membership for a Local Union shall include members in good standing and retired members who are members of a retired members group paying less than the full dues required for working members of their Local Union, but shall not include life members, associate members or agency fee payers.
Section 5. In addition to the representation in Section 4, each Local Union with a retired members group of more than 500 members shall be entitled to one retired member delegate for every 1000 retired members of the retired members group in good standing who shall serve with a voice and a vote at the Convention. Only retired members who have been members of the retired members group of the local union in good standing for 60 days prior to the Convention shall serve as a retired member delegate. The retired member delegates shall be elected by active members of the retired members group. The retired member delegates shall not be permitted to vote on dues, but shall be able to nominate or vote for officers at the Convention.