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Overview of the 2021 SEIU Healthcare PA District Election

Our union is a democratic organization. Members hold leadership positions at every level and are elected by our co-workers.

Elections are currently being held for District Officers and Executive Board members. 

Because the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting some local union operations and limiting the ability of members to interact with each other in person, the District Election Committee is giving candidates the option of running individually or running as part of a slate in the 2021 District Election.  If candidates decided to run as part of a slate, they will be able to collect signatures on one nomination petition containing all the slate’s candidates’ names, rather than every candidate on the slate having to separately collect the required number of signatures on their own individual petition.  This applies to both District Office and Executive Board nominations.

Description of Elected Positions

Executive board members generally meet in or near Harrisburg at least five (5) times a year to oversee the overall business of the union including the union’s budget and finances, recommending changes to the union’s constitution and by-laws, and making decisions about the union’s programs.

District officers oversee the statewide functioning of the union on a day-to-day basis and are full-time positions. Responsibilities include implementing the union’s programs, supervising staff, and supporting chapter leaders.

All elected leaders are expected to attend the union’s biennial Leadership Assembly.

Nominating petitions and Leadership Commitment Contracts are available for download here:

Leadership Commitment Contracts

Executive Board Slate Candidates Petition

Executive Board Individual Candidate Petition

District Officer Slate Candidates Petition

District Officer Individual Candidate Petition

Signatures Required for Nomination

Petitions and contracts must be submitted to the office and postmarked by March 3, 2021. They can be emailed to; faxed to 717-238-8354; or mailed to SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania Attn: Election Committee, 1500 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102.

If only one candidate is nominated for any particular position, he/she shall be considered to have been elected without further procedures. If more than one candidate is nominated for any statewide position a mail ballot election will be held. 

Note: For the purposes of nominations and participation in elections, “member-in-good-standing” means any member who has paid all dues owed as of January 1, 2021.

Executive Board Members:

Candidates for Executive Board Positions must have been a member-in-good-standing for at least one year. Executive Board Members must be nominated by 2% of the members-in-good-standing of the chapter or combination of chapters the candidate seeks to represent.

District Officers:
District Officer positions include President, Secretary-Treasurer, two Executive Vice Presidents, and five Vice Presidents.

Candidates for District Officer positions must have been a member-in-good-standing for at least one year. 

District Officers must be nominated by 411 members-in-good-standing of the local union (equal to 2% of the membership).

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