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  • Who runs our union?
    Updated On: Jun 01, 2018

    Members do!

    Members are the key to Local 1253's strength. Members choose the union’s leaders and leaders are accountable to them.

    Members are the key to our local's growth and success. You can participate in many ways such as attending our Local General Membership meetings, setting contract priorities, serving on bargaining teams, participating in caucuses/events and advocating in community concerns.

    Members are elected to serve in various council and local level leadership positions. Many members volunteer to serve as shop stewards and serve on committees.

    Members use local-level elections to choose their leaders: local officers and executive board members.  Local-level elections also select delegates and alternates to council-level policy committees, our council’s biennial convention, and to the AFSCME International convention. 

    Council 28 Policy Committees

    Policy Committee members define and work through issues unique to their area of work before forwarding requests for action (in the form of resolutions) to the Council 28 executive board.

    Our policy committees are: Corrections, Employment Security, Human Services, Institutions, Higher Education, Labor and Industries, Miscellaneous, Natural Resources, Public Service and Transportation. Council 28 policy committee members also elect representatives from their committee to the council’s Executive Board.

    Council 28 Executive Board

    WFSE’s statewide Executive Board is the body that carries forward the resolutions approved at the convention and conducts the business of the membership between conventions.

    Council 28 Convention

    WFSE/AFSCME’s highest governing body is the convention of the membership held in odd-numbered years. Locals elect union members as delegates and alternates to attend and represent them at the convention.
    At Convention, the delegates elect the council’s four officers (president, vice president, secretary and treasurer), formulate policies for the next biennium, and consider any amendments to the Council 28 constitution.

    AFSCME Convention

    The highest governing body of AFSCME International is the convention of the membership.  This convention is held in even-numbered years. Locals elect delegates and alternates and convene with other AFSCME members from across the country to conduct business.

    Here's what happened at the 42th International Convention.

    42nd International Convention - Las Vegas (2016)

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