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Decision to 3-30-23 Election Protest

The Elections Committee received a protest from Denise Nicks dated March 30, 2023, that reads in full as:

“I am protesting the certified election results that elects anyone to the Physician Assistant Occupational Committee Chair on the basis that no such position exists within Local 2620.

Please do your due diligence and the right thing and look at the constitution and the website to learn that this is an unconstitutional elected position.”

The elections committee rejects the protest for the following reasons:

1. The AFSCME Local2620 Constitution states that the executive board is authorized to appoint additional occupational committees.

Please refer to Article VII, Section I, which states in part, “New Occupational Committees may be formed at the request of members in a given or related work classification(s). Such requests shall be submitted to the executive board for approval.”

2. Secondly, the Executive Board during its meeting held via Zoom on September 17th at 10:00 approved the establishment of the Physician Assistants Occupational Committee, including the appointment of a chair.

The meeting minutes for that date provide evidence of the motion’s approval by roll call vote, with 7 yes votes, 2 no votes and 3 abstentions. The motion was passed. It is important to note that the newly formed committee has received official recognition by AFSCME Local 2620. The current AFSCME Local 2620 constitution will be updated to reflect this change.

The content of this memo can be viewed in full as a pdf file here: Elections Committee-Denise Nicks protest.pdf.

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