Updated – August 19, 2020
Our incredible Constitution Committee recently restarted their meetings (virtually) in order to work on the following important, and time-sensitive, amendments.
- On August 11, the Constitution Committee approved an amendment to add an additional check signer; the EC approved the amendment to go to membership vote on August 17.
- On August 11, the Constitution Committee approved amendments related to electronic voting; the EC approved these amendments to go to membership vote on August 17.
- On August 11, the Constitution Committee approved amendments related to the Chief Labor Delegate Term of Office; the EC approved the amendment to go to membership vote on August 17.
You can read more about the reasons for these proposed amendments below.
Additional Check Signer Amendment
Prior to taking a hiatus from meetings, the Committee and the Executive Council had approved changes to add an additional check signer to the financial accounts; however, until this change is voted on, it cannot be enacted. The reasons for needing an additional check signer are outlined below.
- Officer changes result in Business Registry Updates with the State of Oregon.
- State delays coupled with Financial Institution requirements result in a 60 day period where financial obligations are not easily met.
- Adding the VP of Organizing as an authorized signer coupled with the staggered elections will help alleviate this problem.
- Additional Check Signer Amendment One Sheet
Electronic Voting Amendments
Recently, the committee also finalized discussions around electronic voting. These discussions started before members began working from home, but this COVID-19 environment has only strengthened us in our resolve that LCCEF needs to transition to electronic voting. Now, more than ever, we must be able to utilize technology to complete our ballots in a timely fashion.
A recent example of our need for electronic voting was our decision to have classified employees take furloughs this summer. We wanted to have members vote, but the lengthy process of paper voting made it impossible. The quicker we can collect votes, the more we will be able to include members in the decision-making process. We anticipate announcing an election soon so you may vote on these proposed changes. More details are available below.
- Current constitutional limitations do not allow for electronic voting
- Current processes are lengthy
- Seven-day advanced notification of an election
- Elections have historically been open for two weeks to cast paper ballots
- The entire process can take a month or more
- COVID-19 exacerbated the already-present need for electronic voting due to mailing timelines and costs