Every three years, ILWU Local 142 holds a union officer election as required by federal law. All good-standing members have the right to support and vote for the candidates of their choice who are running for Local or Division full-time and non-full-time offices.
An official notice of election will be published in the September/October 2021 issue of the VOICE of the ILWU. The election will be held by mail ballot only, and a ballot packet will be sent to ILWU members’ last known mailing address by election services contractor Global Election Services Inc. (GES) on November 8, 2021.
If you have recently moved or changed your name, contact your unit officers or Division office with your updated information so that the union can provide your correct address to GES.
What will my ballot packet look like? What is inside?
The ballot packet contents will be sealed in a yellow outer envelope stating the deadline for receipt of mail ballots, which is 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. On the mailing address side of the outer packet you will see the name “ILWU Local 142” and the round ILWU logo.
There will be three items in the ballot packet: a ballot, a secrecy sleeve, and a pre-addressed business reply envelope. Detailed instructions on how to mark a ballot and submit it are printed on the back of the ballot. Contact information is also provided in case anyone has questions or needs another ballot (see ballot instructions below).
Important tips to remember about mail ballot voting
- Your ballot must be received by 9:00 a.m. on December 14, 2021 or it will not be counted.
- Vote and return your ballot as soon as possible after you receive it.
- Do NOT scratch out or destroy your name or the barcode on the business reply envelope. If the barcode or your name cannot be read, your ballot will not be counted.
- Do NOT write any identifying marks on the ballot itself. If there are any marks that might identify you on your ballot, the ballot will not be counted.
- You have the right to vote—exercise it!
Who runs the Local Election?
The Local 142 union officer election is run by a rank-and-file committee called the ILWU Local Election Committee.
It is made up of two representatives from each Division and is responsible for statewide election administration. Current Local Election Committee members are Anthony Alonzo and Sonia Tejada from Hawaii Division, Jasmine Amaral and Shauvlin Balios from Maui Division, Darlene Iwai and Tyson Moises from Kauai Division, Eddie Sekigawa (Chair) and Donna “Kehau” Oyamot-Maeha from Oahu Division, and Peter Morishige (Secretary) and Brian Nakagawa (Vice Chair) from the Hawaii Longshore Division. The committee is staffed by an attorney and ILWU employees.