Thank you for visiting CUPE 3902’s page devoted to the 2020 Executive Election. Below, you can find details about how and when to vote, who has been acclaimed to their position, and which positions are up for election this year. Registration is now closed (except for those with pending membership applications or address changes). Ballot kits will be mailed out by the end of this week and expected to arrive the following week.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found at the bottom of this page. Should you have any questions, please direct them to the Local’s Chief Returning Officer

Election Timeline

Monday, 20 April: deadline to register to vote (ending at midnight) and to be nominated for an elected position (ending at the AGM)
Thursday, 23 April: ballot kits mailed to members
Monday, 4 May: deadline to request a replacement ballot kit
Monday, 11 May: Election Day
Thursday, 14 May: Vote count

Acclaimed Candidates

Congratulations to the following officers, acclaimed without opposition:
Vice-Chair, Unit 1  Kyle Shaw-Muller
Vice-Chair, Unit 3  Kristin Cavoukian
Vice-Chair, Unit 5  Chris Landon
Secretary-Treasurer  Mahdi Zamani
Internal Liaison Officer  Farhana Islam

Contested Positions

Kudos to the following nominees who will be going to election! Click on an individual’s name to view their candidate statement:

Kate Brennan
Amy Conwell 

Communications and Recording Secretary
Tim Gadanidis
Hamish Russell

External Liaison Officer
Glenna Kramer
Sujata Thapa

Grievance Officer
Jamie Ashby
Emil Marmol

Trustee [3-year appointment]
Ben Hjorth
Sophie McGibbon-Gardner

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Mail-in ballots have been used for decades by unions for elections and ratification votes.  Members will receive ballots in a timely way.  They will not have to incur any expenses for returning them to the Union.  They will have more than sufficient time to consider the alternatives on the ballot.  Should a member not receive a ballot, there is a mechanism for them to request another.  Unlike an electronic ballot, however, the CRO and staff will be able to actually verify that every ballot cast is legitimate and not have to assume that the integrity of the vote conducted over the internet is secure.  There is no evidence, moreover, that mail-in ballots are less democratic or more alienating than an electronic vote (and I would suggest that recent national elections have suggested that electronic public spheres are more prone to abuse or manipulation)

Electronic voting might be an option for elections in the future.  Given the urgency of addressing the threat to member’s livelihoods and the myriad of issues that have arisen out of the shift to remote teaching, I am told that exploring and testing out electronic voting options is not something that can be currently resourced.

The local recognizes access issues, but the mail-in ballot system is the only feasible option at the moment. The CRO recognizes that the choice to do so is a shortcoming in terms of safety, equity, and democracy. However, the local does not have the resources or the time to devise, test, and manage an online election system that accounts for all election requirements as well as address circumstances faced by members at the moment.

Any research coming out has been done quickly and there is no way that it could be subject to the same level of scrutiny and peer review as is typical.  At this point, the most reliable information on risk and safety is that provided by the WHO and Canadian public health officials.  In their view, mail services are safe and the risk of transmission is very low.  Despite this, staff preparing the ballots and mailing them are taking additional precautions to avoid transmission, including using personal protective equipment.  If you have concerns, please refer to public health guidelines to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

The registration process gets members to log into the Member’s Portal, a ‘check’ to see if they are active, political members of the Union. This ‘check’ would facilitate members to sign up to be a political member as well as to update their mailing address (if need be).

Workers who have secured employment in any of the local’s Units and met requirements (as per their respective Collective Agreements) are automatically considered members of the local. However, in order to be eligible to vote, to access funds, etc., members need to sign-up to be a ‘card-carrying’ political member of the Union.

The deadlines were chosen to coincide on the same date so as to streamline communications: 20 Apr 2020 for the AGM, election registration deadline, and nomination deadline.

Theoretically, yes. However, to do so from the outset is an inefficient use of labor and resources at this time.

The choice has no impact. Unfortunately, the platform does not allow for a singular (Voter) option.

The election timeline as proposed “adheres to certain timelines and procedures to ensure the election of leadership, the validity thereof, and ample time for transition.” The election timeline had been finalized prior to when the AGM was re-scheduled.

Ample time was given to allow for registration to vote in this election. In the event that there were no contested offices, the office would not have sent out any ballots as voting would not have been necessary.