[FINAL UPDATE: New thread created regarding Union leader change]
[Update: The union admin tools have been fixed.]
[Update 12/13: Added guidelines to when we can and cannot transfer leadership.]
[Update 6/5: Contact VinceL via private message instead of replying to this thread]
There are a handful of cases after the redesign in which I transferred the leadership of a union from a banned leader to someone else, and those transfers did NOT occur successfully. I know which ones they were and have sent them in to be fixed. If you were one of these cases and have not been fixed yet, please reply to this thread.
Otherwise, if your union's leader is banned, use your union board to hold an election for a new leader, and then reply via a private message to VinceL with the winner's username. Also include a link to the thread with your election results.
RULES OF TRANSFER
The leader of the union has to be banned, deleted his account, or in some other way had his account effectively denied community access before a union transfer is eligible. If the leader wants to transfer his leadership, he/she should do so using the "Resign" link below his profile link in the Admin -> Members tab. If the leader wants to choose a specific person to take over, he/she may contact me to do the transfer - and if the leader is banned, he/she should contact me (or one of the officers, who should contact me) before an election is held.
If the union leader would just like to transfer union leadership temporarily, I can do that too. For example, if the leader goes on an extended vacation or something.
If a union leader has just not logged in for a long time and has not left any indication about transferring membership, that is unfortunately not a good enough cause to intervene. I cannot transfer the leadership in that situation since it's the union leader's responsibility to support and maintain the union, and if he/she is not banned or in some way prevented from being a leader, I can't interfere. If this is the case for your union, and you cannot continue with only the officers running the place, I would recommend selecting a leader to form a new union.
I hope you can understand this policy. I don't want to run into the issue again where the union leader was gone for X number of days and the leadership was transferred, only to have the leader return angry that his/her union was taken from him/her.
We'll probably invest in a technical solution to this issue in the following months which will allow unions to resolve leadership transfers themselves. I know there is a strong support for the co-leadership idea, so you don't need to remind me.