Thursday, January 31, 2008

Delegate Selection, Planning for SEIU Convention

SEIU holds its 2008 SEIU International Convention on May 30 - June 4, 2008, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ronnie Grant, CSUEU Vice President for Organizing, provided a scanned image PDF of the paper mailing he received about this. Below are some highlights from the mailing.

From the 2-page memorandum by Anna Burger, SEIU Secretary Treasurer, dated December 21, 2007:

As the convention approaches, please remember that the number of eligible delegates a local union is entitled to have seated at the convention is based on the average of the twelve most recent per capita tax payments received on or before December 31, 2007.

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In addition, please be mindful of the election requirement for delegates to the Convention. These elections must be conducted by a secret ballot vote of the members under the U.S. Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA).

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Pre-Convention Townhall Meetings

In preparation for the SEIU 2008 Convention, a series of SEIU Pre-Convention Townhall Meetings will be held to review the overall Convention program and the vision and plans for each of the divisions. The working schedule for the townhall meetings is as follows:
  • Monday, February 25 Seattle, WA
  • Tuesday, February 26 Los Angeles, CA
  • Thursday, February 28 Chicago, IL
  • Monday, March 3 New York, NY
  • Thursday, March 6 Boston, MA
  • Saturday, March 8 Denver, CO [also, other SW sites via video-conference]
  • Monday, March 10 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Local unions are invited to send up to seven of their top leaders to a townhall meeting. Local unions can select any one (but only one) of the townhall meetings with the exception of Denver and Puero Rico. The Denver townhall meeting will be limited to locals in the South/Southwest; Puerto Rico is limited to Puerto Rico locals.
From the "Key SEIU 2008 Convention Planning Dates for Local Unions":
Preliminary Plans as of 12/18/07 - Dates and Events Subject to Change

January 23-27International Executive Board, Los Angeles
Early FebruaryConvention Call Distributed
Convention Website Launches, Online Registration Opens
February/MarchRegional Pre-Convention Townhall Meetings
Monday, February 25 Seattle, WA
Tuesday, February 26 Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, February 28 Chicago, IL
Monday, March 3 New York, NY
Thursday, March 6 Boston, MA
Saturday, March 8 Denver, CO [also, other SW sites via video-conference]
Monday, March 10 San Juan, Puerto Rico
March 25Requested Date for all Locals to Ensure the Secretary-Treasurer has Received Resolutions and Amendments (to ensure ability to translate, etc.)
March 30-31Executive Committee Meeting
May 2Executive Committee, NYC
Online Registration Ends
May 3Constitutional Deadline for Receipt by the International Secretary-Treasurer of All Resolutions and Amendments from Local Unions
May 3-4International Executive Board, NYC
May 29International Executive Board, San Juan, PR

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can Ronnie tell us about his experience as a delegate?

Editor said...

My understanding is that only Pat and Dennis went. As far as I know they have not yet shared information about their Convention experiences with the Board of Directors or the membership at large. We may hear something this weekend at the scheduled Board of Directors meeting.

We do know that Pat Gantt was elected to the Board of Auditors.