Every two years, the membership of the UPTF elects four of the leaders on the Union Council. Members elect the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. This is an election year, and our current nominees are:
President: Deborah Kingery
Vice President: Barbara L. Jones
Treasurer: Karin Tarpenning
Secretary: Rochelle Allen
If a member is interested in running for one of the four positions, it is still possible to be nominated. In order to qualify for candidacy for any elected position, a person must have been a full Union Dues member of the union for at least 6 months prior to the election. Further, members seeking a nomination may present the Elections Committee a petition supporting their candidacy, signed by at least 20 members of the union in good standing, no later than 30 days in advance of the Fall General Membership Meeting. We ask that members seeking a nomination use this form to gather signatures.
The election itself occurs at the Fall General Membership Meeting. Members, and fair share members, will be notified at least 60 days in advance of the Meeting. Official nominees, with biographical sketches, will be shared at least 15 days in advance of the Meeting.
If candidates are running unopposed, the election may be held by acclaim. If the election is contested, it will be determined by secret ballot under the supervision of the Elections Committee. Only full members may cast a ballot in the election. Fair Share members are eligible to attend the meeting, but they cannot run for office and cannot vote.
The duties and obligations of the elected officers of the union are outlined in Article XI of the Constitution. The Union Council currently consists of four elected officers and three appointed officers. The elected positions are the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. If there are no candidates for Secretary, the Union Council may decide to merge the Secretary and Treasurer positions, as outlined in Article V, Section 9, of the Constitution. The appointed officers of the Union Council are the Communications Chair, Elections Chair, and Organizing Chair.
As this is the first election year with the newly drawn redistricting maps, we encourage all PTF to visit the Michigan Secretary of State Elections webpage to find their district map and a sample ballot for their upcoming elections.
There are lots of ways to help with the elections this year, from volunteering with a candidate’s campaign to knocking on doors with fellow union members. As we get closer to the elections, we’ll list more opportunities here. One way that you can participate is to donate to the AFT-Michigan Political Action Committee. The AFT-MI PAC works to elect education-friendly candidates across Michigan. You can read more about it and donate here. Per federal guidelines, only U.S. citizens can donate to a PAC.
Endorsed candidates for Board of Governors
As one of the three constitutional universities in Michigan, the Wayne State University Board of Governors is elected via a state-wide election. AFT-Michigan vetted several candidates for election and has chosen to endorse two highly qualified candidates:
We will share more information about them closer to the election.