The WPEA Executive Board (EB) is a body of thirteen elected positions, three statewide positions and 10 district positions, which serve three-year terms. There are ten District Vice Presidents who represent a collective group of members across multiple bargaining units within a county-based system of districts. They are your voice on at the table for EB Meetings and are charged not only with the governance of the WPEA as a whole, but for representing the interests of those members in their individual districts. The three statewide positions are Recorder, Secretary/Treasurer, and President. The Recorder is responsible for recording and archiving all the minutes for EB meetings and for document retention for the EB. The Secretary/Treasurer is responsible for the detailed knowledge, compilation, approval, and archiving of the financial documents used by the EB. The position of President is more extensive as it is the only position which has duties outlined in the WPEA Bylaws and UFCW Constitution. At the core, the position of President is charged with the operations and management of business for the WPEA, as well as the serving as the Chair of the Executive Board. If you are interested in learning more about the EB and the governance of the WPEA, take a moment to familiarize yourself with these documents or reach out directly to your individual District Vice President to learn more.
What does the Board do at Executive Board meetings?
The wide-lens answer is that the members of the Executive Board (EB) discuss current concerns, the direction of the Union, debate the sides of different issues, and make decisions by formal vote on the direction that the WPEA will take. They determine the finances of the union, such as investments and expenditures, determine global WPEA policy, and hear appeals of representational decisions per the WPEA Bylaws. The WPEA Bylaws are the ‘rule book’ for the EB, and one of the charges of the EB during their meetings is to ensure that the WPEA is compliant, both with its own bylaws and with the UFCW Constitution. Every action that the EB takes and decision they make are also weighed against the responsibilities in these governance documents. EB Meetings are also a venue for a member to share ideas, concerns, and ask questions of the entire governing body of the WPEA. EB meetings are not open but they each now have a segment where the membership can engage with the Board.
How do I attend an Executive Board Meeting?
During a predetermined segment of time that is scheduled now into each EB meeting, members are allowed three minutes to make comment to the EB. If a member would like to address concerns to the EB for formal consideration, they may also submit their ideas and concerns in writing. Use the button below to email your written comment or to sign up to attend an EB Member Participation segment and be scheduled for a three-minute comment slot. Your submission will be verified, and you will be given instructions on how to attend the meeting. The Executive Board Meetings are listed out on the WPEA calendar under Info. *Please note that your request or written comment must be received 7 days before the next scheduled EB Meeting for it to be considered or for your attendance to be arranged.