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Election Guidelines of BTU Building Representatives


It is essential to maintain democratic and fair annual Building Representative elections. These guidelines are BTU’s standard to ensure they are carried out in a timely and consistent manner to elect PSRP and Teacher Building Representative(s) for SY 2024-2025.  

 

  • COMMUNICATING WITH MEMBERSHIP: Information about BR elections will go out to Membership in an email blast and added to the BTU website under “Latest News” on Wednesday May 1st.

 

  • NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES: By Wednesday May 8th BTU staff will email all dues paying staff members in your building these guidelines using their BCPSS address (this is to ensure that all members are contacted since we do not have everyone’s personal email addresses). 
    • In that email they will ask anyone who wants to run for Building Rep to email them back by close of business on Monday May 13th
    • Members may also respond to this email nominating another dues paying member for Building Rep.
    • BTU staff will follow up with anyone nominated by another member to see if they are willing to run.
    • Only dues-paying BTU members will be allowed to vote in Building Rep elections.
  • By Wednesday May 15th If there is only a single candidate running for each Building Rep position then they will become the Building Rep(s), and BTU staff will notify all members of the worksite who won the uncontested election (after confirming the uncontested candidate(s) accepts the position).
    • If there is more than a single candidate, our secure online voting platform Election Runner will send an email to your BCPSS email address with a personalized link to anonymously vote.
    • Your link from Election Runner will include your unique voting ID and password. This will ensure anonymity. Election Runner will only tell us that you voted, not who you voted for.

  • ELECTION: If there are multiple candidates, members will have between Wednesday May 15th at 8:00 am – Tuesday May 21st at 11:59pm to vote for the candidate of their choice. They will do so by following the instructions in the Election Runner email. 
    • At the end of the voting period the Election Runner software will tally up the votes and keep a record of the results.
    • The candidate with the most votes will become the Building Reps (PSRP and Teacher) for the next school year.
    • The candidate who wins the second most votes will be the alternate Building Rep.   
    • If there is a tie for the most votes the vote will be decided by flipping a coin. BTU staff will host a private video session open to staff members to attend to witness the coin flip. This will be completed by Friday May 24th.
  • The Field Rep or BTU Staff will notify the newly elected Building Representatives by sending an email to them by close of business on Friday May 24th.
    • Newly elected BRs will indicate they are accepting the position by Friday May 31st
    • BTU staff will notify all members of the worksite who won the Election Runner election
  • The new Building Reps will take office immediately after the last day of the school year.
    • The new Building Reps will be invited to the BR Retreat, which will be held virtually on Aug 14 and Aug 15, 2024. Attending the BR Retreat is optional.


  • If you have any questions or concerns about the election process, please reach out to BRelections@baltu.org  



Timeline Overview

  • Wednesday May 1st – Info about BR elections in email blast and on BTU website
  • By Wednesday May 8th – Nomination of candidates email sent by field staff
  • By COB Monday May 13th – All nominations sent to field rep/BTU staff
  • By Wednesday May 15th – Election Runner link sent to all members where a contested election is taking place. Where an election is uncontested, staff will be notified as well. 
  • Wednesday May 15th – Tuesday May 21st – Election, vote on Election Runner
  • By Friday May 24th – Coin toss for any ties (conducted by field rep/BTU staff)
  • By COB on Friday May 24th – new BR(s) notified by field rep/BTU staff
  • By Friday May 31st – new BR indicates whether they are accepting the position for the 2024-2025 school year