Article 12, DELEGATES TO THE GENERAL CONVENTION (Bylaws)
SECTION 1. NOMINATION AND ELECTION The election of Delegates and Alternates to the General Convention of the International Union of Operating Engineers shall be elected by secret ballot at the regularly scheduled meeting of the members in the month of February preceding the General Convention and the nominations of such delegates and alternates shall be held at the regularly scheduled meeting of the members in the month of January preceding the General Convention.
Where there are no more candidates nominated for delegates and alternates than are authorized signifying no opposition, the secret ballot may dispense with and, in such event, the Recording-Corresponding Secretary shall be directed to cast one ballot for all the unopposed candidates for delegates and alternates, who shall then be declared duly elected.”
SECTION 2. NOTIFICATION OF MEMBERSHIP
The Recording-Corresponding Secretary shall notify all members at least fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled nominations for delegates to the General Convention. Publication of such notice shall be in the "Dredgeman" or on the Local Union website.
SECTION 3. ELIGIBILITY
No members shall be eligible for election as Delegate to the General Convention unless such member is at the time of nomination in good standing with respect to payment of dues and meets the requirements contained in the second paragraph of Article XXIV, Subdivision 1, Section b [working in the trade] of Constitution of the International Union of Operating Engineers.
SECTION 4. BUSINESS MANAGER AND PRESIDENT AS EX-OFFICIO DELEGATE
By virtue of his office, the Business Manager and President shall be a Delegate to the General Convention of the International Union of Operating Engineers.