Referendum to be Voted Upon by Members

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AFT-Oregon Constitutional Referendum Ballot
AFT-Oregon Constitutional Referendum Ballot

January 11 Ballot Mailing

AFT-Oregon Official Constitutional Referendum Ballots were mailed to members of record on January 11, 2023. You must return your ballot so that it is received by Friday, February 10, 2023.

If a member doesn’t receive their ballot, they should first check with their local union to confirm their membership and mailing address. The local will then request a ballot from AFT-Oregon.

How to Vote

Carefully unfold the postcard and tear it in half at the perforation. Then return the half that has the Business Reply Mail address on the front and the vote boxes on the back. Fill in the box next to Approve Amendment or Reject Amendment with an "X" or fill in the entire bubble. These are anonymous votes, so do not sign or put your name on the ballot. Mail the ballot early enough so that it will be received by February 10, 2023.

Referendum Overview

On October 28, 2022, six AFT-Oregon locals submitted a referendum to amend the AFT-Oregon constitution. This webpage has an overview of the proposed amendments, the question to be voted on by our members, and the referendum process. 

The specific changes to the constitution are detailed in the Proposed Constitutional Amendment. The reasons behind the proposed changes are explained in the cover letter written by the six locals. 

The referendum process is described in Article XI of our constitution. For your convenience, the pertinent sections are in this Article XI Summary.

The question to be voted upon by our members is:

Shall the AFT-Oregon constitution be amended to require all conventions to be hybrid events with remote attendance and participation options for 1) delegates to fully participate, and 2) general members to observe?

Per Section 5, November 9, 2022 began “a period of six weeks during which the proponents and opponents shall be given the opportunity to debate the issue through the regular channels of AFT-Oregon.” 

To participate in this debate, there was a Zoom meeting for members on Saturday, December 3 from 10 am to 1 pm. Members could also send an email to President Jaime Rodriguez at jaimer@aft-oregon.org and the comments would be compiled on our website, but no comments were submitted. 

This period of debate ended on December 21, 2022. The following day, the president sent "...to the individual members of all locals in good standing ballots upon which the members shall cast their votes.”

Due to the holidays, our union printer was able to print and mail the ballots on January 11, 2023. 

Section 7 states, “The closing date of the referendum shall be thirty (30) days from the date the ballots are mailed from the state office.” Therefore, ballots must be returned by February 10, 2023

Section 10 states, “The president shall notify the locals of the results of the referendum as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks following receipt of the count. The president shall also publish the results in the official publication of AFT-Oregon.” Therefore, the results will be announced no later than February 24, 2023.