CUPE 4600 Elections
Following the annual Executive elections held earlier this summer, several positions remain vacant. Due to the ongoing pandemic, an online election will be held to fill these positions
Please see the below information regarding the vacant positions and election process. If you have any questions, please contact the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Dan Sawyer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Executive Board positions are open for election?
What Executive Council positions are open for election?
What other positions are open for election?
When and where will the election take place?
When is the nomination period?
Who can be nominated?
What is the nomination process?
Will the union share nominee statements with the membership?
Can more than one person hold a single position?
How long are the terms of office?
What is the time commitment and workload?
Is there an honorarium?
How can I get more information?
1. What Executive Board positions are open for election?
You can find full breakdown of the responsibilities for all Executive Board positions by reading Articles 8 and 10 of the CUPE 4600 Bylaws (pdf). Positions open for election at the AGM include:
Vice President Unit 2
2. What Executive Council Positions are open for election?
You can find full breakdown of the responsibilities for all Executive Council positions by reading Articles 9 and 10 of the CUPE 4600 Bylaws (pdf). You can find a description of the role of Equity Trustee in the CUPE 4600 Equity Policy.
Positions open for election at the AGM include:
Health & Safety Committee Co-Chair (Unit 1)
Personal Safety Representative
Human Rights Representative
CUPE Council Delegates (2)
3. What other positions are open for election?
You can find a full breakdown of the responsibilities for the below positions in Article 10 of the CUPE 4600 Bylaws (pdf).
Finance Trustee (1)
Unit 2 Health Plan Trustee (1)
4. When and where will the election take place?
Elections will take place online using the Helios Voting platform. Members will receive login credentials on Monday, June 22 and be able to cast their ballot via the online platform from 12:00pm (noon) on Monday, June 22nd until 12:00pm (noon) on Thursday, June 25th. Results will be announced on Friday, June 26th.
5. When is the nomination period?
The nomination period will run from 9:00am on Monday, June 15th until 12:00pm (noon) on Friday, June 19th.
No nomination shall be considered for a member not in who has not filed in writing with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) their consent to be nominated, duly witnessed by another member.
6. Who can be nominated?
All nominees must be members in good standing of the union as of June 22,2020. A member in good standing either:
currently holds a bargaining unit position and has paid their dues to CUPE 4600; or
has held a Unit 1 TA/RA position within the past 12 months and/or has priority; or
has held a Unit 2 CI position within the preceding 24 months.
All positions are open to nominees from either Unit, except where noted below.
The following positions are only open to Unit 1 members:
Unit 1 Joint Health & Safety Committee Co-Chair
The following positions are only open to Unit 2 members:
Vice-President Unit 2
Unit 2 Benefits Plan Trustee
Per the CUPE 4600 Equity Policy, nominees for the position of Equity Trustee must be a member in good standing who self-identifies as someone from a marginalized or equity seeking group. Executive Board members may not also serve as an Equity Trustee.
Any nominee for the position of Financial Trustee must be a member in good standing and cannot have been an member of the Executive Board during the year(s) which the Trustees will be examining.
7. What is the nomination process?
A member in good standing can nominate any other member in good standing. Any nomination must be seconded by another member in good standing. Members cannot nominate themselves.
To nominate someone, you must:
1. Send an email with the subject line ‘CUPE 4600 Nomination’ to the CEO at with the following information:
the name and email address of the person being nominated, and the position for which they are being nominated;
the name of the nominator and which Unit they are a member of;
the name and email address of the seconder, and what Unit they are a part of.
2. Have the person you are nominating send a separate email the the CEO at acknowledging acceptance of their nomination.
The CEO will then verify the nominee is a member in good standing and contact the seconder to verify the nomination.
8. Will the Union share nominee statements with the membership?
Yes. Nominees can submit a written statement, no longer than 400 words, to be placed on the union website. These statements will be available on the union’s website from 12:00pm (noon) on Monfsy until 12:00pm (noon) on Thursday, May 14th. In addition to being hosted on the union’s website, these statements will be shared with the membership via email.
9. Can more than one person hold a position?
The positions of Vice-President Internal, Vice-President External, Vice-President Unit 1, Vice-President Unit 2, Chief Steward Unit 1 and Chief Steward Unit 2 can be shared by two people as a co-position.
If two individuals wish to be jointly nominated for a position, they must declare their desire to do so prior to the start of the election.
Any honoraria attached to the position will be split equally between the two elected individuals.
10. How long are the terms of office?
The term of office for all positions will run from June 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021. The sole exception is for the Trustee position, which has a three year term running from June 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021.
11. What is the time commitment and workload for Executive positions?
CUPE 4600 is the largest union on campus, representing nearly 3000 workers. Taking on the role of a CUPE 4600 Executive member is a significant responsibility and involves not inconsiderable amounts of time, energy, and commitment. Beyond the enormous task of defending and advancing the concerns of the thousands of TAs and Contract Instructors at Carleton, Executive members are responsible for ensuring the smooth and democratic operations of the local, including managing staff, resources, and finances, and initiating and participating in a variety of campaigns on-campus and off. Any individuals interested in standing for election for any of the above positions are strongly encouraged to review CUPE 4600’s Bylaws, particularly Articles 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10.
12. Is there an honorarium?
Executive Board Members serving from June 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021, will be compensated the equivalent of the salary for a ¼ course as outlined in the CUPE 4600 Unit 2 collective agreement. This honorarium is paid monthly, minus taxes, increasing on September 1st, 2020 at the rate specified in the Unit 2 Collective Agreement, for each month they serve in their position.
Additionally, Unit 2 (CI) members receive a 0.5 seniority credit for each term they serve in an elected Board or Council position.
The full descriptions of CUPE 4600 honoraria can be found in Appendix B of the union’s Bylaws.
13. How can I get more information?
For all inquiries related to the election, please contact Dan Sawyer, the Chief Electoral Officer, at email@example.com.