December 2020 HUCTW Election Results
The December 2020 election was conducted by mail-in ballot only. Due to a mailing house error with the original ballot mailing in December 2020, the correct ballots were mailed to eligible voters home addresses in January 2021. Votes were cast by mail in January and early-February 2021. Votes were counted on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Below are the winners in each of the two contested races.
Winners: Central Region Race for Two Executive Board Seats
Winners: Biology & Chemistry Race for Seven Union Representative Seats
Danielle Da Cruz
Click here to see the full vote tallies for each of these 2020 races.
2020 HUCTW Election Process
Please note that due to an error with our December elections mailing, the 2020 election has been delayed and the information below has been updated. Please see the following 2020 HUCTW Election Instructions & FAQ for answers to some of the questions we’ve received so far about this election.
As with many aspects of life in 2020, our Union’s December 2020 election has been adapted to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a list of the contested races in this year’s election and an outline of the adapted procedures and timeline that HUCTW members who are voting or running for office in 2020 can expect.
The election will take place by mail-in ballot only. If you work in one of the areas where there is a contested race and you are a signed HUCTW member as of November 25, you will be mailed a ballot pack (containing a ballot and a pre-paid return envelope) by January 22, 2021. Completed ballots need to be postmarked no later than February 2, 2021.
This election will include the following contested races. Candidates in each race are responsible for communicating with voters.
- Central Region Executive Board Member Race: Sample ballot listing candidates
- Biology & Chemistry Union Representatives Race: Sample ballot listing candidates
Addendum to Notice of Election: https://huctw.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/NOE_Addendum_12-14-2020.pdf
Original Notice of Election: https://huctw.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Updated_HUCTW_NOE_2020.pdf
General Procedures and Timeframe for Completion of 2020 Election-By-Mail
The following guidelines have been updated to reflect the process of 2020’s Voting by US Mail:
Roughly five weeks prior to an annual (regular) HUCTW election, members were sent a combined Notice of Elections/Notice of Nominations via U.S. Mail at their home address. The combined Notice provided members with the following information:
- Date of the election
- Which positions are up for election
- Instructions on how to nominate a Union member for elected office
- The deadline for nominations
- A preliminary description of voting procedures
Additionally, after the deadline for nominations, approximately two weeks before the election, members will receive an Updated Notice of Election via their work email. The update will announce which races, if any, are contested, and will also confirm voting procedures accordingly. At that same time, previews of all race ballots will be available to view online at huctw.org. They serve to announce the names of the candidates and to help voters prepare.
Mechanics of the Vote
You must have signed a HUCTW membership card by November 25, 2020 in order to vote in this election.
A ballot pack (with ballot and prepaid envelope) will be sent by US Mail to each signed HUCTW member who is eligible to vote in a contested race, at their official home address as it appears in Harvard’s PeopleSoft records.
Ballot Packs should arrive by January 22, 2021. Ballots may only be returned by US Mail, in the provided post-paid envelope. The ballot must be postmarked by February 2, 2021 in order to be counted. Instructions for this process will be included, and no stamp will be necessary for voting.
Tabulation and Announcement of Results
The vote count is scheduled for February 16, 2021. Due to COVID-19, the vote count will be live-streamed. All HUCTW members are welcome to observe and a link to register to observe the count via Zoom will be posted here closer to that date. Once the count results are final, they are posted online, and are also sent via an email announcement to the entire membership.
About HUCTW Elections in General
The Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers conducts regular elections to fill its leadership positions. These elections are subject to standards and regulations of the HUCTW’s own constitution; of our parent Union AFSCME; and of the AFL-CIO. An annual HUCTW election is generally held on a Tuesday in early December, with voting locations all over the extended Cambridge and Boston-area Campus, and in most remote locations where HUCTW members work.
Positions, Term Lengths, and Frequency of Elections
The frequency of regular elections for any particular office depends on the term length of the position. Local HUCTW Representatives serve for one year, so those positions are up for election every year. By contrast, members of the Union’s Executive Board serve for two years, with their races are staggered: half the positions up for election during any one year, and the remaining half the following year. Officer positions— HUCTW President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Recording Secretary— are held every three years, with all positions turning over at once. In addition to regular, annual elections, the Union holds special elections in conjunction with contract negotiations, ordinarily including a majority-vote, yes/no ratification of the proposed new contract. (Our contracts are adopted only upon a majority “yes” vote during the ratification process.)
Elections General FAQ
Q: Am I eligible to vote? Can I run for office?
A: In order to run for HUCTW positions, and in order to vote, you must be a signed member of the Union. If you have not yet signed a membership card, you may do so at any time, including at the polls on December 5th. Call or email the HUCTW Office and we’ll make sure you get a card to sign ASAP (617-661-8289, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: I think I signed a “fair share” (fee-payer) card rather than a Union card: can I vote?
A: No, but you may switch by signing a Membership Card at any time, including at the polls on the day of the election. Again, just call our office: we’d be happy to help you!
Q: How do I know what positions are up for election?
A: Approximately five weeks before the election a combined Notice of Elections/Notice of Nominations will arrive by U.S. Mail at your home address. This document details which positions are open in which parts of the University.
Q: How do I nominate myself or someone else?
A: Approximately five weeks before the election a combined Notice of Elections/Notice of Nominations will arrive at your home address. This document details how to place a nomination–by US or University Mail; or by fax; or by email (email@example.com)– and the dates by which nominations are closed.
Q: If I am running for election, can I get a list of eligible voters?
A: Yes, if you are running for one of the positions up for election, you may request a list of the names of the eligible voters by writing to the elections committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: I don’t know anything about the candidates listed: how can I get more information?
A: It is the responsibility of the candidates to reach out to member voters. About two weeks prior to the election, members may check online to preview the ballots they’ll see when they get to a voting location. These previews also serve the function of naming the final candidates in an election.
Q: There are so many voting locations—do I have to vote at the location closest to me?
A: No– any Union member may vote at any of our many voting locations and times. During every HUCTW election, the voting location at the HUCTW Office (15 Mt Auburn St. in Cambridge) is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Q: I’m going to be out of town on election day—can I submit an absentee ballot?
A: No. The election rules of our parent Union, AFSCME, prohibit the use of absentee ballots
Q: What happens if an election is uncontested?
A: If a particular position is uncontested, an election will not be run and the unopposed candidate(s) will take on the position automatically.
Q: Some of these positions sound really interesting—how can I learn more?
A: There are lots of ways of becoming active: attending a local lunchtime meeting, reaching out to a local activist or Union Rep, or simply calling the HUCTW office: https://huctw.org/about-us/contact-huctw.
If you have further questions about HUCTW elections, please email email@example.com or call 617-661-8289 and ask to speak to a member of the election committee.