2020 Members' Meeting and voting process

Calendar of Dates and Meetings

Summary

Our membership meeting will take place from mid October through mid December and will include online meetings, forum discussions and a one week voting period.

You can register for all events on our event registration page.

Discussion Meetings

We will hold the following six discussion meetings. Members are welcome to attend all meetings, or you can attend just the meetings most relevant to your organizing work.

Each meeting will take place online via the audio app mumble and also have a corresponding forum discussion via discourse for people unable to attend the meeting or who wish to continue the discussion.

Prior to each meeting, written materials and a short video will be distributed. Depending on the topic, the materials will evaluate our work in the area under discussion and/or present proposals for moving forward.

Please let us know which meetings you plan to attend.

Schedule of Meetings

  • Friday, October 23, at 1:00 pm America/New_York: Assessing the current political environment The intended outcome will be 5 - 7 bullet points that describe the most important aspects of the current political situation for us to consider while planning our future work. Forum Discussion.

  • Tuesday, October 27, at 3:00 pm America/New_York: Technology Infrastructure and Services The intended outcome will be 5 - 7 bullet points describing our organization’s priorities in building our infrastructure. Forum Discussion.

  • Friday, November 6, at 4:00 pm America/New_York time: Movement priorities The intended outcome will be 5 - 7 bullet points describing our organization’s movement priorities for 2021. Forum Discussion.

  • Tuesday, November 10, at 1:00 pm America/New_York Proposal on new dues structure The intended outcome will be a discussion to ensure everyone understands the proposal and to consider proposed changes before a final proposal is put to a vote by our membership. Forum Discussion.

  • Friday, November 13, at 2:00 pm America/New_York New Board Member Orientation for anyone who wants to run for the Board of Directors The intended outcome will be to share information for all prospective board members about how May First’s leadership operates, expectations of board members, the history of the organization and the organization’s commitment to combatting racism and sexism. Forum Discussion.

  • Wednesday, November 18, at 1:00 pm America/New_York. The coop structure and membership involvement The intended outcome will be 5 - 7 bullet points describing our organization’s priorities related to membership involvement. Forum Discussion.

Please register!

Board Elections

According to our by-laws, 5 board seats are chosen by workers and 20 are elected by the membership. Of the 20, we elect approximately 13 each year for 3 year terms.

In addition, we reserve a proportionate number of seats for members who pay dues in Mexico (about 20 percent).

This year, given the current ratio of Mexican members, one board seat for a member paying dues in Mexico and six board seats for all other members are up for election. (However, the exact proporation of seats allocated will not be determined until October 31st, which is the cut-off date for calculating eligible voters.)

The board nomination period will run from November 1 through November 30th via our voting site.

If you would like to run for the board, please register for the board orientation (see above) and stay tuned for more information about what is expected for Board members and how we operate.

The Main Meeting

By law, we have to hold an “official” membership meeting with attendance by at least 10% of our members (about 65 members).

The official membership meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 1, at 3:00 pm America/New_York

Once attendance is taken and we have determined that we have quorum, we will be able to make proposals for member approval. When voting, individual members get one vote and organizational members get two votes. Even if your organization sends 10 people to the meeting, you still only get two votes.

The agenda is:

  1. Proposal on Board elections. This proposal will ask the members to approve electing the board through a one week online ballot system to ensure as many members as possible can participate (rather than only allowing the members present on the call to vote). See below for more details.

  2. Reports. There will be four reports, all based on the conversations at the member consultation meetings that precede the Members’ meeting. The reports will emphasize the 5 - 7 priorities each meeting agreed consensed on or the general outline of the proposal being put forward.

    • Movement Work
    • Technology Infrastructure
    • Coop status and membership engagement
    • New dues proposal (this proposal will include changes to our by-laws)

The Voting Period

May First has always emphasized the importance of internal democracy and we don’t feel a single on-line meeting is the most inclusive way to elect Board members since not all members will be able to attend.

So the Board will propose to the membership meeting that we conduct the elections via an on-line ballot (the exact same voting site we have conducted our elections for the last 6 years) for a week following the meeting: December 1 through December 8th.

In that Board elections ballot, members will also be asked to rank the priorities that were generated during discussion meetings.

Additionally, the members will be asked to approve or reject a proposed change to the by-laws regarding membership dues.

Our new by-laws require a yearly meeting of members at which 10 percent of our active membership makes up a quorom. This means we need attendance by at least 65 members (the exact number will be determined on October 31st, the cut-off date for voter eligibility). To evaluate this requirement, we will be counting memberships, not people on the call. We invite members to bring as many people from your organization as you want, however, we can only count each membership once when taking attendance.

This quorum is a requirement of New York State law under which our cooperative is incorporated.