Coordinating group elections Spring 2020

Apr 15, 2020 | News

If you think that you might like to be the representative of your branch on the coordinating group, that’s really exciting! We really need some of the wonderful people from our branches and working groups to help build the union in this way!

Coordinating group

The main role of members of the coordinating group is to support communication between different parts of the union and to support branches and working groups to understand what’s happening in the union as a whole and to have their voice heard. Also, the coordinating group has the following responsibilities: 

  • Participate in the processes regarding staff management. 
  • Ensure appropriate processes are in place for the management of union staff and the protection of personal information held by the union.
  • Support effective coordination between branches and working groups
  • Uphold the values of the union, and ensure they are being upheld by branches, working groups and members
  • Oversee the implementation of decisions of all member meetings
  • Develop and oversee union strategies and policies in accordance with the values, objectives and democratic decisions of the union
  • Support the development of new branches
  • Ensure the sound management of the union’s financial resources

This sounds like a lot, but each member is only asked to take on what they can and all new coordinating group members will be given lots of support and training. The meetings are currently twice a month. 

Available roles

Branch representatives: Each of our three branches has two representatives on the union’s coordinating group who can take part in votes. For the next 6 months, each branch will also be able to nominate two additional non-voting members. This is to help make sure that our branches are able to be represented well during this crisis period.

Working group coordinators: The work of the union is supported by a number of working groups that any member can join. We have working groups for Communications, Outreach, Member Solidarity, Education and Fundraising. Each of these working groups has one or two coordinators who help the working group get organised and who are also members of the union’s coordinating group.

Returning officer: helping union staff to run the next set of elections we have. This is a super important role!

How these elections will run

  • You have to have been a member for the last 3 months to vote or stand. It’s normally expected that you will have been to 3 meetings in the last 6 months of the branch or working group you are looking to represent.
  • Only half of the representatives of each branch or working group may be someone who identifies as white and cis-gendered male.
  • The online nominations form is open until 6pm on April 22.
  • At the next meeting of each working group and branch, members will have another chance to put themselves forward. Each person who has put themselves forward will have a chance to speak about why they’d like to put themselves forward.
  • If there are only two candidates, the meeting can vote to approve these two candidates. If this happens there isn’t an online vote. If there are more than two candidates at the end of the meeting, it moves to an online vote.
  • If a working group isn’t due or able to meet during, it won’t have any representation on the coordinating group until it meets next.
  • The first meeting of the new coordinating group will take place on Saturday 2 May 12-3pm.
  • Because we don’t have a returning officer at the moment, it’s the role of union staff to make sure the election runs according to the process that’s been set out.

Nominate yourself for election to the coordinating group

 

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