Article 9.

ARTICLE IX – RATIFICATION OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS

Section 1. Tentative Agreement.
Tentative agreements reached between the union and the employer shall be subject to vote for ratification by the membership covered by that agreement.

Section 2. Ratification Procedure.
Ratification shall be by a majority vote by ballot distributed no longer than seven business days after the Tentative Agreement is reached. Consideration and vote may be taken at a regular meeting whenever a tentative agreement is reached within one week of a scheduled, regular meeting or by a special meeting called by the Executive Council. The votes shall be cast by secret paper ballots deposited into a closed container. If a regular member is unable to be present to vote during the designated election period and wishes to cast a ballot, the regular member can do so by contacting the WOUFT Secretary to arrange to pick up an absentee ballot and designate a proxy voter who may submit the ballot. Any assigned proxy voter must be a regular member who can be present during the election. Absentee ballots will be numbered, stamped, initialed and only accepted from assigned proxy voters. The counting of the ballots shall occur during that same meeting, and be performed by the WOUFT Secretary or (if the Secretary is unavailable) by some member of the Executive Council, in the presence of at least two other members of the WOUFT Executive Council. The results shall be immediately announced to the members, during that same meeting. In the event of a tie vote, the agreement is ratified. See Article XI, Section 3 for meeting quorum details.