The IAM will conduct elections for the offices of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer, and 7 General Vice-Presidents for terms ending on June 30, 2021.
Nominations for these offices can be made at a special meeting of your local lodge on Saturday, January 20, 2018. In the event that members of your local nominate more than one candidate for IAM International President and/or General Secretary-Treasurer, or more than seven candidates for United States General Vice President, there shall be a local lodge endorsement vote on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Finally, if more than one candidate for International President and/or General Secretary-Treasurer receives the endorsement of 25 or more local lodges and/or more than 7 candidates for General Vice-President receive the endorsement of 25 or more local lodges, there shall be an election on either Saturday, April 21st or 28th, 2018, depending upon your local lodge. The time, date, and location of all three of these nomination, endorsement and election meetings can be found at www.grandlodgenominations.org. You will need to log on using your card number and lodge number to access this site. Eligible members may also participate through absentee ballot, as set out in this notice.
Nominations should specify the name, local lodge, and card number of the candidate and the office for which the candidate is being nominated. Although a member can nominate fewer than the required number of candidates for an office, in accordance with Article III, Section 4 of the IAM Constitution, a failure by a local lodge to nominate the required number of candidates for an office shall invalidate the local lodge’s endorsement for that office.
In order to find out whether there are contested nominations in your local lodge requiring a vote on February 10, 2018, go to www.grandlodgenominations.org. Local lodges holding endorsement votes will be posted on the website on approximately January 25, 2018. Candidates who receive a plurality of votes at the endorsement meeting will earn the local lodge endorsement for the contested offices.
Information concerning the April election will be posted on the website on approximately March 1, 2018.
Any member in good standing may protest this DOL-supervised election for valid cause. Such protest should be made directly to DOL Election Supervisor Geneva Ferrando, and mailed to:
Protests concerning the IAM nomination/endorsement process should be filed in writing with DOL as soon as possible but no later than February 26, 2018. Protests regarding the April 2018 election should be filed in writing with DOL as soon as possible but no later than 10 days after the completion of the ballot tally, to be held in May 2018.
Members who (1) reside more than 25 miles from the designated nominating/balloting place; or (2) are at work during the times of the local lodge nominations or balloting; or (3) are confined because of illness or injury; or (4) are on leave qualifying under family leave law; or (5) are working members on vacation or retirees more than 25 miles away from their residence on election day; or (6) are on official IAM business; or (7) are on employer travel assignment; or (8) are on military leave, may nominate, participate in the endorsement vote, or vote in the election by absentee ballot, upon request.
Eligible members wishing to receive an absentee nomination form and/or ballot must complete an Absentee Nominations/Ballot Request Form, or a letter including the same information, and mail it as soon as possible before the nomination or voting dates set forth in this notice to IAM, PO Box 1426, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20773. To request a form, call the IAM Membership Department at (301) 967-4525.
The Grand Lodge will confirm your eligibility to nominate or vote by absentee ballot and mail you a ballot and instructions within 2 days after receipt of your request, or from receipt of printed ballots, whichever is later. Members found not eligible to nominate or vote by absentee ballot will be sent notification within 2 days after receipt of the request. If you do not receive a response to your request for an absentee nomination form/ballot, call the IAM Membership Department at (301) 967-4525.
Absentee nomination forms must be received by the Grand Lodge by January 18, 2018. Absentee ballots for the February endorsement vote meetings must be received by the Grand Lodge by February 14, 2018. Absentee ballots for the April election must be received by the Grand Lodge two days before your local lodge’s April voting date set forth in this Notice.