Board of Directors Nominations – Eastern Region

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Did you know that the USFWC board strategically represents regions across the country?

The USFWC is opening a special window for the second year of the Eastern Regional Representative's seat. If you nominate yourself or another person, you/they will only serve until the next Regional Representatives election scheduled for the Fall of 2020.

Our dear comrade and USFWC Eastern Regional Representative, María Alexandra Garcia from Caracol Cooperative, resigned from the board on August 16th. We thank her for her leadership, thoughtfulness, and representation of the USFWC Eastern members.

Voting members may nominate one or more of your members to run for the Regional Representative seat for the Eastern Region. You must be an eligible member located in the Eastern Region* Nominations for the Eastern Region are due on September 11th.

WHY RUN FOR THE BOARD?

  • Be a key part of building the worker co-op movement in this country
  • Network with other co-op and economic justice organizations
  • Travel to local, regional, national worker cooperative conferences
  • Represent the US at the CICOPA (international worker co-op federation)
  • General Assembly and as part of delegations to other countries

Timeline

  • Sept 1st  – Candidate Nomination Opens
  • Through Septh 11th– You may nominate yourself or someone else from a Worker Cooperative, Democratic Workplace, Cooperative Developer, or Federation Partner member.
  • Sept 16th – Oct 20th Online Voting
  • Oct 18th - 20th  – Member meeting and in-person meeting

* Voting member classes include: Worker Cooperative, Democratic Workplace, Cooperative Developer, and Federation Partners. More about all member classes available here: usworker.coop/join/membership-application

Questions? More Info contact  Ana Martina at ana@usworker.coop, 415.392.7277 x 5

Board Nominations Committee: Ricardo Nuñez - ricardo@theselc.org
  • USFWC is led by a member-elected Board of between 5 and 9 directors.
  • There are 4 regional representatives (elected in years ending in even numbers) and up to 5 At-Large representatives (elected in years ending in odd numbers)
  • Voting member classes include: Worker Cooperative, Democratic Workplace, Cooperative Developer, and Federation Partners. More about all member classes available here: usworker.coop/join/membership-application
  • Any worker-owner of a voting member workplace may run for the Board, with support from their workplace (or employee in the case of Democratic Workplace, Coop Developer and Federation Partner members). Federation partners may nominate a member of one of their member organizations to run for the organization.
  • A candidate’s workplace must be a USFWC member for at least one year prior to the current year’s annual member meeting.
  • At-large candidates can run from any voting member workplace and are voted on by the entire membership.
  • Regional Representative candidates must run for the regional seat (North, South, East, West) where their workplace operates. In the case of virtual offices, candidates have the option to run in the region where they reside.
  • Board members are not compensated for their time, but USFWC does cover expenses incurred in the course of regular board service, such as travel and telephone use.

South: Alabama; Arkansas; Florida, Georgia; Louisiana; Kentucky; Mississippi; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; Puerto Rico; U.S. Virgin Islands.

West: Alaska; Arizona; California; Colorado; Hawaii; Idaho; Montana; Nevada; New Mexico; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Wyoming; American Samoa; Guam; Northern Mariana Islands.

North: Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Nebraska; North Dakota; South Dakota;Ohio; Wisconsin.

East: Connecticut; Delaware; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington D.C.; West Virginia.

 

  • Board terms are two (2) years from date of election. This special election for the Easter Region will serve the remaining year of the current period ending in the Fall of 2020.
  • Attend our annual 2-day, in-person Board retreat
  • Participate in monthly 2-hour Board meeting via conference call, plus preparation time
  • Participate in at least one Board committee (2 – 6 hours work per month)
  • Attend and participate in annual membership meetings and national conferences
  • Regional Board representatives are specifically responsible for communications with members and organizations in their region