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What is the Convention Time Zone?

All sessions in the 69th Quadrennial Convention are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


What are the dates of the Convention?

The Convention will convene at noon on Tuesday, July 27 and conclude in the late afternoon or early evening on Thursday, July 29, 2021. There will be a General Executive Board meeting the week preceding the Convention from July 20-22, 2021.


How will the Virtual Convention be different?

All Delegates and Officers will miss the comradery and interaction that happens during an in-person Convention. However, every effort is being made to accommodate all Caucus meetings as well as appointed Committee meetings in an attempt to allow for as much interaction as possible. A schedule of all events is contained in this package. In addition, all Constitutional business will be conducted in a well-organized and democratic manner just as it would be during a regular Convention.


Will the Convention be broadcast?

Only duly elected Delegates that have completed the registration process will be provided links to observe and participate in the Convention. Links for different sessions will be sent to Delegates as the Convention proceeds.


Delegate Orientation Session

The Orientation for Delegates session will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from noon to 1:00 pm. This meeting will provide all Delegates with an overview of the schedule for the Convention, a review of procedures that will be in place for a virtual convention, as well as provide a forum for Delegate’s questions to be answered regarding procedures and policies of the Convention. All Delegates are encouraged to attend this very important session.


Local Union Representation

Article Three, Section 3 of the International Constitution states in part: “Each affiliated Local in good standing shall be entitled to one Delegate for its charter and one additional Delegate for every one hundred members, or major portion thereof, based on the average membership upon which per capita tax has been paid for the period between Conventions.”

The following chart can be utilized for easy reference:
Average Membership   Delegates
up to 50                          1
51-150                            2
151-250                          3
251-350                          4
(continue in similar fashion)

Special Department local unions should be aware that although the number of votes they are entitled to is in accordance with the above, only one-third (rounded to the next higher whole number) of the number of delegates are entitled to be sent to the Convention at the expense
of the Alliance.


How to complete Credentials and Register?

The President and Secretary of the Local as well as the Delegate must sign the credential certificates. The Original (white) credential certificate is to be given to the Delegate and the Duplicate (gold) credential certificate and the contact information form must be mailed to the General Office as soon as possible. Failure to complete the credentials in their entirety will result in the credentials being returned.

Do not enter both the name of the Delegate and the alternate Delegate on a single credential. If an alternate represents the local union, the Local must request a new Delegate’s Credential or, if there is insufficient time, a letter from the Local designating the alternate as a Delegate must be provided.

In order to complete the registration process, Delegates will be required to scan the Original (white) credential certificate to the Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer ( once final registration opens.


Alternate Delegates

Alternate Delegates must be elected in the same manner as primary Delegates i.e. by secret ballot. In a situation where both the primary and alternate Delegates are unable to attend the Convention, the Local can, by secret ballot, elect another Delegate. If there is insufficient time to hold another election, the membership of the Local may assign the vote(s) of the absent Delegate to another duly elected Delegate, or if there is none, may designate the next highest candidate for Delegate to attend the Convention.


When can I register as a Delegate?

Final registration begins on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 10:00 am and will continue until Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 6:00 pm.  Hours of the Registration office will be 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the exception of the final day which will be 6:00 pm. Delegates must complete the final registration process before they will be able to participate in the Convention.


What happens after I complete registration?

Soon after you complete the registration process and submit the Original (white) credential certificate you will be emailed a username and password to be used on the Convention website. These will allow you to access the documents section of the website and any other sections that will be specifically reserved for Delegates. The email used for registration will also be the email that is used for sending various access links.


Can I be logged on with multiple devices?

Although multiple types of devices may be used to access the Convention broadcast, you may only login as one user and therefore will be limited to using one device per login.


Can I share my link?

Only duly elected Delegates are allowed to participate in the Convention therefore the sharing of links with non-Delegates is prohibited.


Will there be a help desk?

There will be a Help Desk for Delegates to assist with problems logging in or lost passwords, links etc. This information will be posted on the Convention website prior to the start of final registration.


Can I leave the Convention early?

The Election of Officers will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  In order to be eligible to collect compensation, if the Delegates determine that any compensation will be provided given the virtual format, a Delegate must have voted in the election if one has been held.


Notice to 50-Year Delegates

Any member of the Alliance who was a Delegate to the 1970 International Convention in Cincinnati, OH and will also be a Delegate to the upcoming 2021 Convention, is urged to send in your credentials as early as possible in order that your 50-year Delegate Award can be prepared. Please include a note along with the credential indicating that you will be a 50-year Delegate.