Get involved with the News Media Guild; seats open on Representative Assembly

Here’s your chance to participate in the News Media Guild and help your AP colleagues learn the value of their union.

The Executive Committee has called for a special election to fill the following vacant seats on the union’s Representative Assembly. The terms of office expire on Feb. 21, 2018:

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APTN delegate
APTN alternate
AP Broadcast delegate
AP Broadcast alternate
AP New York City alternate
AP Northeast delegate
AP Northeast alternate
AP Northwest delegate
AP Northwest alternate
AP Southwest delegate
AP Southeast alternate
AP West delegate
AP West alternate
EFE delegate
EFE alternate
UPI delegate
UPI alternate

Only members in good standing are eligible to nominate candidates or run for office.

The nominating period opens on Monday, March 23, 2015. Nominations must be RECEIVED no later than Monday, March 30, 2015. Willingness to serve statements must be received no later than Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Faxed petitions showing signatures may be sent to the Guild office at (212) 840-0687. A pdf of a signed nominating petition that is sent to the union by email is acceptable. The original should be mailed in.

Ballots will be mailed no later than Friday, April 17, 2015, and must be RECEIVED by Friday, May 8, 2015, the day the election committee counts the ballots. If there is only one candidate for a post, no election will be conducted and that person will be declared elected.

Section 9 of the election rules state, “CAMPAIGNING: Use of the News Media Guild stationery for campaign literature is prohibited. Upon their request, one campaign statement from each qualified EC, TNG Convention or RA candidate shall be sent with the list of candidates mailed to all branch chairpersons for bulletin board posting. Such statements of no more than 200 words shall arrive at the News Media Guild office no later than the deadline set for candidate acceptance, five days after the close of the nominating period. WiReport shall print these candidate statements, if provided, in all annual elections, and special elections if possible, prior to the mailing of ballots. WiReport stories should strive for equal space or balance about candidates in election stories, and solicit statements, background and photographs from all candidates.