Referendum & Elections 2021

NOMINATIONS CLOSED

Wobblies of Canada vote on policy changes & elect a new national team

Nominating a New Team of Union Officers

The nominations period, your window of opportunity to nominate yourself or someone you know to an open post at the Canadian Regional Organizing Committee, ran between October 4 → October 18 closing at 11:59pm EST and is now closed.

What’s next?

On November 1, you will receive an electronic ballot containing a list of all candidates and proposed policy changes.

The voting period will run between November 1 → 30, 2021 using the secure voting platform, SimplyVoting. The results will be available Dec. 6, 2021.

Remember to update your email address & personal contact information in our union’s records at redcard.iww.org. The union will use the email we have on file for you at redcard.iww.org in official correspondence, such as sending voting ballots. You can also pay your dues online.

Only members who are up to date on their union dues will be able to vote.

If you have technical issues updating your personal contact information or paying your union dues online, please contact us at secretary.canroc@iww.org & membership@iww.org.

While you’re here, would you have 10 minutes to fill out this survey? Part One & Part Two

And don’t forget to fill out our all-member survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JC5TNGT

Remember to update your email address & personal contact information in our union’s records at redcard.iww.org. You can also pay your dues online. Only members who are up to date on their union dues will be able to vote. 

The referendum results will be available Dec. 6, 2021. 

If you have technical issues updating your personal contact information or paying your union dues online, please contact us at secretary.canroc@iww.org & membership@iww.org

Nominations Are Open for the Following Roles

All positions are elected in November and officers take their seats on Jan. 1, 2022, for a period of one year. 

Regional Secretary (RS) is responsible for ensuring that all our administrative business is in order. They issue Charters to all new branches, update the membership database and chair all formal meetings of the Canadian Regional Organizing Committee. The RS is responsible for administering official communications of the ROC. The RS is also responsible for putting on the annual ROC referendum. This role is crucial to make sure that returning tasks are being handled by this officer and the others. It’s also a core role in communicating continuously with ROC branches about their needs.

A good candidate for RS would be familiar with internal workings of the union, Rusty’s Rules of Order and be excellent with time management. Essential qualities for this position are being reliable, more-or-less constantly reachable for communications with officers or branches, and capable of being, and staying friendly with other officers so that we prioritize the regular, but important tasks of the ROC.

Regional Treasurer (RT) takes care of financial matters, organizes the annual budget, dispenses funds, pays the bills, manages our bank accounts and makes sure union dues go where they’re supposed to. They collaborate with our Chicago office regarding financial transactions. They also support the Regional Secretary in all duties, including entering dues and delegate reports in the database. This position requires some technical capacity in regards to handling spreadsheets, CSV, or similar structured files. It also requires you to communicate extensively with all branches of the ROC on an ongoing basis.

Do you have accounting experiences? Can you balance a budget? Can you produce ad-hoc financial reports or financial statements? Are you willing to pester GHQ if or when they’re not sending dues out to CanROC? Are you willing to be more-or-less constantly available to support members of the ROC for their standings, or other difficulties they might have? The RT role is for you! 

The Regional Organizing Department Liaison (RODL) acts as a go-between unionization efforts within the Canadian Regional Organizing Committees area, and the Organizing Department. They are responsible for staying in touch with and reporting on the unionization efforts within their area, and collaborating with & advising the Organizing Department to ensure the vitality and success of the IWWs union drives in Canada. The RODL organizes monthly meetings open to ROC members to discuss active organizing campaigns, and chartering of new branches.

Do you have experience in workplace organizing? Can you keep up with emails? Do strangers easily trust you? Then run for RODL! 

The Editor of the Canadian Organizing Bulletin is the one who publishes the Bulletin, an internal publication which goes out every quarter. The COB is where our members can learn about what the Union has been up to all over Canada and where they can access reports from other branches and CanROC committees. Members can also publish their open letters in the Bulletin.

The Editor is also responsible for all matters of internal communications. The Editor is also the administrator of IWW.ca, CanROC’s website. 

If you’re a keen writer, can keep up with deadlines and are familiar with WordPress and Adobe Indesign or Inkscape, you’d make a great candidate for Editor. 

If you have any question or better, want to send in a nomination for these officers (starting Oct. 4), reach out to Editor.CanROC@IWW.org

Press Inquiries: press@iww.org