Bargaining Conference Elections Procedures & Timelines Set

Every two years the NAPE Board of Directors determines the number of union members that will be elected to the NAPE bargaining conference, the dates/location of the conference, and the nomination/election timeline. The bargaining conference is the official meeting of the union where elected member delegates determine what items will be placed into our contract negotiations platform. 

Additionally, members elected to the bargaining conference elect the union’s negotiations team. In order to be eligible to be elected to the bargaining conference, the member must be in good standing, have been a member for six months prior to the conference, and take steward training prior to the conference. In order to be elected to the bargaining team, members must first be elected to the bargaining conference and have been a member in good standing for twelve months. 

The bargaining conference will be held in Lincoln on June 6 & 7, 2020. Therefore, in order to be eligible for election, you must join the union no later than January 5, 2020. You can join by clicking here. Members elected to the bargaining conference will have their travel and expenses to Lincoln reimbursed in accordance with the NAPE member travel policy. Members will elect 45 delegates to the bargaining conference. Members of the Board of Directors are automatic delegates. Members will be elected based on their bargaining unit (the first letter of your job classification). The breakdown of delegates is as follows:

Bargaining Unit A (Administrative Professional): 6 members

Bargaining Unit C (Social Services & Counseling): 10 members

Bargaining Unit E (Engineering, Science & Resources): 2 members

Bargaining Unit H (Health & Human Care Professional): 2 members

Bargaining Unit I (Health & Human Care Non-professional): 3 members

Bargaining Unit M (Maintenance, Technical & Trades): 9 members

Bargaining Unit S (Administrative Support): 5 members

Bargaining Unit X (Examining, Inspection & Licensing): 3 members

At-large (From any bargaining unit): 5 members

At the bargaining conference, the delegates will elect one member from each bargaining unit and two at-large members to form the negotiations team. Negotiations are conducted on paid work time in Lincoln. Members of the negotiations team will have their expenses and travel to Lincoln reimbursed in accordance with the NAPE member travel policy.

Nomination/Elections Timeline

Nominations for the bargaining conference will be accepted beginning at 8am on February 3, 2020 until Noon on February 28, 2020. Members will receive an official election notice by mail in January. Nominations may be submitted by mail or online at

Ballots will be mailed to all union members on March 16, 2020 and must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2020. Results will be posted online no later than April 30, 2020. Delegates will be elected by a plurality of votes and those not elected will become alternate delegates in the order of the number of votes received.

Additional elections will be held in May for those members wishing to participate in agency appendix negotiations. More information will be sent in the spring regarding appendix negotiations.