Your Branch Committee (and Union) need you
Artists' impression of the most recent NUJ Delegate Meeting, in 2014
THERE WILL be a severe outbreak of democracy at AGM on 11 January, at which we elect our representatives for the next year: the branch's own officers, plus the members who will represent London freelances on national NUJ bodies.
Any member can stand or propose any other member for any job - that's the extent of it - provided that they are fully paid-up NUJ members. They can job-share, taking a post jointly if they feel the workload would be too great alone.
The branch officer posts up for election, and what they entail, are here.
Further up the union hierarchy, we can nominate six people to represent London on the Freelance Industrial Council (FIC) that determines NUJ activity in our sector of the union, alongside newspapers, magazines, broadcasting, new media and so on.
We can nominate candidates for the Photographers Council; to the union's Ethics Council and to the bodies representing various elements of the membership: the Equality, Black Members and Disabled Members Councils.
At a higher national level there is the National Executive Council (NEC), which runs the NUJ. We can put up people to represent freelances, members in London, and, again, Black and Disabled Members.
The NEC sets policy for the union, subject only to the decisions of the union's Delegate Meeting (DM), consisting of delegates from every branch, which meets once only every two years. The next conference is in April in Southport and at our AGM we will also be electing our delegation for DM.
We are entitled to nine conference delegates. With 3800 members LFB is the biggest branch in the NUJ by a long way.
If more people are put forward for NEC or Industrial Councils than there are seats then there will be elections, by postal ballot of all the members concerned. We don't have to fill every place: there are other branches that can nominate their own members. But anyone interested can pitch in; and if you can't make the AGM yourself, you can ask another member to put your name forward. You don't have to be there yourself.
And see Delegate Meeting our guide to ensuring you're recorded with the Membership department of the NUJ belonging to the correct demographic to represent some of these seats (from a previous round of elections in 2015.)