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AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION AFL-CIO

CCAL Local Constitution and Bylaws
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As amended, April 2003

 

ARTICLE 1.   Name.

 

This organization shall be known as Citrus Center Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, hereinafter referred to as the Local.

 

ARTICLE 2.   Objectives.

 

Section 1.         It shall be the objective of this Local to secure through collective bargaining and legislative effort a safe and healthy work environment, improved working conditions and an improved standard of living for the members of the American Postal Workers Union and their families.

 

Section 2.         To continue to organize the unorganized.

 

Section 3.         To unite within one organization, regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, or religion, all employees under the jurisdiction of the American Postal Workers Union.

 

Section 4.         To educate our membership and the general public on the history of the labor movement.

 

Section 5.         To vote and work for the election of candidates who favor the passage of improved legislation in the interest of all labor.

 

Section 6.         To work for the repeal of laws which are unjust to labor arid the postal workers such as the denial of the right to strike and the denial of the right to support political candidates of their choice.

 

Section 7.         To educate all members in the area of economic, political and social justice.

 

 

ARTICLE 3.   Membership.

 

Section 1.         Those accepted for membership shall pay full national per capita tax plus dues as required by the Local. A member’s good standing status shall not be affected by reason of the fact that his/her paycheck for the payroll period in which his/her dues deductions are made is insufficient to permit such dues deductions, by reason of illness, injury, pregnancy leave, lay-off or disciplinary suspension.

 

Section 2.         Members of this union who retire from the postal service may maintain full membership with all rights of such membership by continuing to pay full per capita taxes to the American Postal Workers Union, plus full dues as required by the Local. They shall receive a ballot from the craft last served while on active duty.

 

Section 3.         Federal classified employees and members who have been promoted to positions exercising supervisory authority may be accepted as associate members for health plan participation only. They shall pay full national per capita tax plus full dues as required by the Local. They shall have neither voice nor vote in the Local.

 

 

ARTICLE 4.   Revenues.

 

The revenues of this Local shall be derived as follows:

 

The dues of all members shall be the combination of(l) the amount equal to one half of an hour’s pay at Level 5, Step K, and (2) the national per capita amount in accordance to Article 16, Section 2 of the A.P.W.U. National Constitution and By-laws, or the applicable Article if changed, per member, per pay period.

 

 

ARTICLE 5.   Executive Board.

 

Section 1.         The Executive Board shall consist of:

 

A.        President/Delegate to national and state conventions.

 

B.         Executive Vice President/Delegate to national and state conventions.

 

C.        Executive Secretary Treasurer Delegate to national and state conventions.

 

D.        Craft Directors/Delegates to national and state conventions.

1.         Clerk craft, Lakeland P & DC

2.         Clerk craft, Stations, Branches, Associate Offices.

3.         Maintenance craft.

 

Section 2.         The Executive Board shall meet prior to each membership meeting, and, as scheduled by the President.

 

Section 3.         The Executive Board may authorize spending of general funds for monthly expenses. All other monetary business of the Local will be subject to approval of the general body at the membership meeting. Any motion made at a membership meeting that proposes an ongoing, reoccurring monthly expense to the local will first be reviewed by the Secretary/Treasurer. After said review, a report of the financial feasibility of the proposed motion will be given by the Secretary/Treasurer to the general body at the membership meeting, at which time the motion will be subject to approval of the general body.

 

Section 4.         The Executive Board shall have made minutes of all proceedings and such written record shall be offered preceding the membership meeting.

 

Section 5.         Each Executive Board member may receive up to 79 hours of LWOP or equal compensation, every year on an as needed basis with the approval of the Executive Board. Additional LWOP or equal compensation shall be subject to approval of the general body at the membership meeting.

 

Section 6.         Executive Board members shall be reimbursed for annual or sick leave that is lost due to LWOP for union business on a no loss no gain basis, subject to the approval of the general body at the membership meeting.

 

 

ARTICLE 6. Duties of Officers.

 

Section 1.         President,/Delegate.

 

A.        The President shall be chief spokesperson for all union affairs and official positions of the Local. He shall supervise all activities of the local.

 

B.         It shall be the duty of the President to be the, spokesperson at local negotiations.

 

C.        The President shall fill all vacancies with-the approval of the Executive Board until such vacancy is filled by regular election.

 

D.        The President shall appoint all committee members except as designated elsewhere within the Local Constitution.

 

E.         The President shall publish a newsletter at least (4) four times a year with the approval of the Executive Board. The newsletter shall be made available to all members. Additional newsletters may be published by virtue of the approval of the Executive Board or the regular body at the membership meeting.

 

F.         The salary for the Office of President shall be $325.00 bi-weekly.

           

Section 2.         Executive Vice President/Delegate

 

A.        The Executive Vice President shall perform the duties of the President or the Executive Secretary Treasurer in the event of their temporary absence .or inability to attend to their office.

 

B.         The Executive Vice President shall succeed to the office of the President in the event of vacancy.

 

C.        The Executive Vice President shall Chair the Education, Legislation and Entertainment committees.

 

D.        The Executive Vice President shall provide APWIJ health plan information and assistance to the members.

 

E.         It shall be the duty of the Executive Vice President to render additional assistance to the President as requested.

 

F.         The Executive Vice President shall be responsible, in conjunction with the Clerk Craft Director for the Stations, Branches and Associate offices, for all normal operating procedures and grievances. He/She shall be a member of the Negotiation Committee and shall Chair the Education Committee.

 

G.        The salary for the office of Executive Vice President shall be $135.00 bi-weekly.

 

Section 3.         Executive Secretary Treasurer/Delegate

 

A.        It shall be the duty of the Executive Secretary Treasurer to maintain an accurate accounting of the deposits and disbursements of the Local and to keep an accounting of the property of the Local.

 

B.         Authorized signatures for banking purposes shall include the Executive Secretary Treasurer and the President. The Executive Vice President shall serve as an alternate signature.

 

C.        It shall be the duty of the Executive Secretary Treasurer to maintain an accurate written record of the minutes of all regularly scheduled and special meetings and executive board meetings of-the Local. The minutes and financial reports shall be made available, in writing, to the membership at each meeting.

 

D.        The Executive Secretary Treasurer shall file all required Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service forms and maintain an accurate, updated membership mailing list.

 

E.         The Executive Secretary Treasurer shall Chair the finance, constitution and organization committees.

 

F.         The salary for the Executive Secretary Treasurer shall be $135.00 bi-weekly.

 

Section 4.         Craft Directors/Delegates

 

A.        The Craft Directors shall be responsible for all grievances from their respective craft and jurisdiction defined by Article (5) Section (1) D. They shall then channel all grievances for processing through the President. The Craft Director shall serve as the chief steward for their craft and jurisdiction defined by Article 5. Section l.D.

 

B.         Policy decisions affecting large numbers of craft employees must first be approved by the President.

 

C.        Stewards shall be recommended for appointment by the appropriate Craft Director. Final appointment shall be made by the President. Above shall also apply to removal procedure of a steward.

 

D.        In December, the Craft Directors shall be presented with a Craft Director’s Incentive Gift equal to the amount of one year’s dues for the previous twelve (12) months or part thereof served provided that they have attended at least 50 % of the general membership meetings for the previous twelve (12) months or part thereof served, and have written at least one article to be published in the Local’s newspaper for every four months sewed.

 

Section 5.         Editor.

 

A.        The editor shall conduct the business of the local union publications. He/She shall collect and have published items of interest to the membership. The paper shall be published bimonthly beginning in January of each year and/or the decision of the Executive Board. He/She shall be granted 8 hours LWOP each issue to type, layout and mail the newsletter. The editor shall be chairman of the Legislative Committee and keep the membership appraised of all bills before the

Congress that concerns the Postal Service. He/She shall be an elected member of the Executive Board.

 

Section 6.         Associate Office Vice President.

A.        The Associate Office Vice President will serve in any Associate office with tan or more dues paying members and shall be the chief steward and representative for his office. He shall have jurisdiction over grievances arising solely in his/her office in cooperation with the President and Vice-President. He/She shall be a member of the Executive Board.

 

ARTICLE 7.   Committees/Stewards

 

Section 1.         Grievance Committee: The President shall Chair the Grievance Committee with the Executive Board serving on the committee. This committee shall be responsible for the proper conduct of grievance procedures as specified in the National Agreement, Local Agreements and Department of Labor.

 

 

Section 2.         Education Committee: It shall be the duty Of the Education Committee to develop and implement an ongoing steward training program and educate the membership on matters concerning their rights in the labor force.

 

 

Section 3.         Finance Committee: It shall be the duty Of this’ committee to propose and administer the finance of the Local.

 

 

Section 4.         Constitution Committee: It shall be the duty of this committee to review the provisions of the Local Constitution and By-Laws and the effects of administration of it’s language and seek to improve the document.

 

 

Section 5.         Legislation Committee: The Legislation Committee shall keep the members informed of Bills pending before the House of Representatives and State legislation of interest to postal workers and the labor movement

 

 

Section 6.         Organization Committee: It shall be the duty of this committee to attempt to sign up new employees and non members for membership, and to deter members from withdrawing from the union through education of the membership and the general public about the histoiy and effects of the labor movement.

 

 

Section 7.         Entertainment Committee: It shall be the duty of this committee to plan a minimum of one (1) social activity per year for the members and their families. The event (s) must be approved in advance by the Executive Board and the members by way of a membership meeting.

 

 

Section 8.         Audit Committee: An Audit Committee shall be appointed by the President to audit the books of the Executive Secretary-Treasurer annually. In addition,, an audit must take place during the transition period of any election, and in the event the office of Executive Secretary-Treasurer is vacated.

 

 

Section 9.         A written report shall be submitted to the President by the Chairman of any committee each time the committee convenes.

 

 

Section 10. Stewards.

 

A.        Stewards shall process grievances and work under the direction of the appropriate Craft Director and the President.

 

 

B.         Stewards shall take the union position on issues pertaining to policy, grievances and contract interpretation in the workplace.

 

 

C.        An associate office with more than ten(l0)members shall elect their Steward through the prescribed process of Article nine (9) herein.

 

 

D.        In December, Stewards shall be presented with a Steward’s Incentive Gift equal to the amount of one year’s dues for the previous twelve (12) months or part thereof served provided that they have attended at least 50 % of the general membership meetings for the previous twelve (12) months or part thereof served.

 

 

ARTICLE 8. Eligibility to Run and Hold Office.

 

Section 1.         Any postal employee eligible to be a member of the American Postal Workers Union who voluntarily holds a managerial, supervisory of EAS position with the responsibility for issuing or recommending discipline, or applying or interpreting the National Agreement for the equivalent of one (1) pay period in a year shall be ineligible to hold office at any level of the Local or to be a delegate to any convention held by the APWU or any subordinate body of the APWU, so long as the employee continues to in such a position and for a period of one (1) year from the time the employee vacates such position. Any postal employee who has submitted an application to a managerial, supervisory, or EAS position with the responsibility for issuing or recommending discipline or for applying or interpreting the National Agreement shall withdraw such application prior to acceptance of nomination for any office in the Local.

 

Section 2.         Any postal employee who shall voluntarily accept or apply for any managerial or supervisory position, EAS position or the PASS program, for any period of time,, whether one day or fraction thereof,, either detailed, acting, probationary or permanently, shall immediately vacate any office or position held by that member in the Local.

 

 

ARTICLE 9.   Election of Officers, Delegates and Stewards.

 

Section 1.         Elections and Terms.

 

A.        Elections and terms of office shall be every two (2) years. Officers elected are described in Article five (5) Section one (1).

 

B.         Stewards elected are described in Article seven (7) Section ten (10) c.

 

C.        The election process of Craft Director and Associate Office Steward, as described, shall be accomplished as herein set forth.

 

 

D.        The election of applicable Associate office Steward and Craft Director shall be the same term of election herein specified except their name shall appear only on the ballots for their respective associate office for Steward; respective craft for maintenance; or described jurisdiction of representation as stipulated in Article five (5) Section one (1) D for the Clerk Craft Directors.

 

 

E.         A Nomination Committee shall be appointed by the President in August of even numbered years. The Executive Secretary-Treasurer shall serve on the committee.

 

 

F.         At the September membership meeting nominations will be open from the floor.

 

 

G.        Final certification of the nominated candidates shall be posted by the Executive Secretary—Treasurer no later than ten days prior to the of the September membership meeting.

 

 

H.        Nominee may only run for one Executive Board position.

 

 

I.          The election of officers/Delegates/stewards shall be made by a majority of the votes cast in a secret ballot process herein described.

 

 

J.          Upon the closing of nominations the President shall appoint an Election Committee of not less than three (3) members in good-standing who are not candidates for office.

 

 

K.        All candidates will be notified in advance where the ballots will be tallied whereas they may observe or select an APWIJ member to observe on their behalf.

L.         Results will be posted within three (3) days following the Local Election Committee certification of the results.

 

 

M.        The Election Committee shall prepare and mail out a ballot to each member at their last known address within ten (10) days after final certification(Section l.G) posting is dated

 

 

 

N.        Ballots shall be mailed in a stamped envelope having a return address of the Election Committee in the upper left hand corner and containing only the following. A notice of elections setting forth the office to be filled and or designated convention Delegate and voting instructions; A ballot and two(2)envelopes. The first and larger envelope shall be stamped pre-addresses to the Election Committee and shall contain a space in the left hand corner for the. voter to sign his/her name. The second and smaller envelope shall contain only the words “secret ballot envelope” on its front. The voter shall insert the completed ballot into the smaller “secret ballot envelope” without any writing or other means of identification upon it, seal it,, and enclose this envelope in the first one on which he/she shall write his/her name in accordance with the instructions.

 

 

O.        To be valid, ballots must be received at the Election Committee address on the envelope, not later than fifteen (15) days following the mailing of the ballots. In the event this falls on a Sunday or Holiday the time shall be extended to the same hour on the next weekday.

 

 

P.         The Election Committee shall open all addressed envelopes and check the name against the master membership list certified correct and current by the Executive Secretary-Treasurer, All returned addressed envelopes shall be retained and kept separate from the sealed “secret ballot envelopes” prior to opening of any sealed secret ballots.

 

 

Q.        The Election Committee shall than open and count all ballots, the results of the ballot count shall be certified in writing by the Committee and reported to the body at the next membership meeting.

 

 

R.         The beginning of the term of office for all elected officers shall begin one (1) week after the election results certification is dated.

 

 

S.         Any member may appeal the nomination and or election process. Appeals of nominations will be to the Nomination Committee within seventy-two (72) hours after his/her grievance arises. Appeals of the election will be made to the Local Election Committee with seventy- two (72) hours after his/her grievance arises. Appeals from the decision of the Local Nomination or Election Committee shall be filed with the National Election Appeals Committee within five (5) days from the decision.

 

ARTICLE 10. Meetings.

 

Section 1.         General Membership Meetings

 

A.        The Local shall hold a monthly membership meeting beginning in January of each year and ending in October of each year. The date and time of each meeting shall be established by the Executive Board and may be changed by the general body of a membership meeting.

 

 

 

B.         Notice shall be posted, by the Executive Secretary/Treasurer, announcing the membership meeting time, place, and date at least five (5) days prior to the meeting.

 

 

 

Section 2.         Special Membership Meetings

 

Special meetings for any purpose may be scheduled by a majority of members present at a regularly scheduled general membership meeting, or by a majority of the Executive Board,, or by selection of 25 percent of the membership. The President must call the special meeting to order within five (5) days after receiving Executive Board or memberships petition, unless a general membership meeting is scheduled within ten (10) days from the date petition is received, then the special meeting shall be held immediately prior to the general membership meeting. At least forty-eight (48) hours advanced written notice, must be posted on all bulletin boards announcing the special meeting, with the special issue to be acted on at the special meeting to be included -on the notice. No other issue can be discussed or acted on.

 

 

 

Section 3.         Quorum

 

A quorum of eight (8) members must be present to transact business at a general or special meeting. If a quorum does not exist within fifteen (15) minutes of the beginning of the meeting,, the meeting shall be canceled.

 

 

ARTICLE 11.  Appeals System.

 

Section 1.         The following procedures shall apply in the event the charges are levied against an officer or any member:

 

A.        The person preferring the charges shall do so by writing specific and detailed charges and presenting them to the President. if the President is being charged, it should be submitted to the Executive Secretary-Treasurer.

 

B.         The President shall appoint a Hearing committee consisting of three (3) members who are not involved in any way with the incident.

 

C.        After a reasonable time to prepare a defense,, a full and fair hearing shall be conducted by the Hearing Committee.

 

D.        The Hearing Committee shall report to the next general membership meeting. A guilty verdict shall then be submitted to vote for acceptance or rejection by the general membership.

 

Section 2.         This decision may be appealed under the provisions of Article 14, Section 10 of APWU National Constitution and Bylaws.

 

ARTICLE 12. Affiliations.

 

 

ARTICLE 13. Amendments.

 

Section 1.         Any member in good standing of the Local may prepare and circulate a petition for the purpose of causing an amendment to the constitution to be brought to a vote of the members.

 

 

Section 2.         Any petition for an amendment to, or the striking of language from the Constitution must be signed by the maker of the proposal, or the Constitutional Committee as appropriate, and signed by twenty five (25) sponsors who must be members in good standing with the Local.

 

 

Section 3.         Such petition will be filed, with the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Local only during the months of February or August, and must be submitted no later than the 15th day of the month.

 

 

Section 4.         Upon receipt of a petition, the Executive Secretary-Treasurer shall verify its validity and having done so, shall certify to the President that a petition has been duly filed. The President shall refer the petition to the Constitution Committee, which shall cause the petition to be posted on all bulletin boards not less than 15 days prior to the date of the First Reading at the March or September Meeting, as appropriate.

 

At the First Reading, the members may vote to submit the proposed amendment to a referendum election. If so, a referendum Election Committee shall be appointed by the President and the referendum shall be conducted in the same manner as an election of officers of the Local with the exception stipulated in Section 7 of Article 13.

 

 

Section 5.         The petition shall be discussed and/or amended at the First Reading at the March or September Membership Meeting, as appropriate, and certified for vote at the April or October Membership Meeting, as appropriate. Any certified petitions shall be posted on bulletin boards in all offices and/or published in the Local newsletter as soon as possible following the March or September Meeting, but not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the April or October Membership Meeting.

 

 

Section 6.         The election shall be conducted at the April or October Membership Meeting, following notification under the provisions of this Article, unless a referendum election has been chosen by the members voting at the March or September Membership Meeting. In the event a referendum election is chosen, said election shall be conducted according to the provisions of Article 9, Election of Officers, Delegates and Stewards.

 

Section 7.         This Constitution and By-Laws shall not be amended, nor any portion stricken out, except by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of those members in good standing present and voting at the April or October Membership Meeting, with the following exceptions:

           

(1) As per Section 10 of this Article; or (2) Any proposed amendment pertaining to dues and/or assessments, shall be adopted according to the provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting Disclosure Act of 1959, as amended, Section 101(aX3)(AXJ); i.e., The rates of dues or special assessment(s) shall not be lowered, increased or levied except by majority vote by secret ballot of the members in good standing present and voting at the April or October Membership Meeting, following notification in accordance with the provisions of this Article, or by majority vote of the members in good standing voting in a membership referendum conducted by secret ballot.

 

 

Section 8.         No amendment adopted according to the provisions of this article may be repealed or amended after election, except by a similar election held according to the provisions of this article.

 

 

Section 9.         Amendments adopted by the members under the provisions of this article shall become effective immediately, unless otherwise specified in the amendment following announcement of the official vote, pending final approval of the National Union Said submission shall constitute approval unless otherwise notified by National.

 

 

Section 10.       The Local Executive Board shall have authority, and is required, to amend this Constitution and By-Laws as necessary to remove any conflict between it’s provisions and those of any applicable Federal or State laws, or of the APWU National Constitution and By-Laws.

  

 

BY-LAWS

 

 

Article 1.         Order of Business

 

 

Section 1.         The order of business shall be as follows:

 

A.        Meeting called to order

B.         Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

C.        Officers Reports

                        D.        Committee Reports

E.         Communication and Bills

F.         Unfinished business

G.        New Business

H.        Good and Welfare of the Members

I.          Adjournment

 

 

Section 2.         The order of business may be transposed at any time by two-thirds (2/3) vote of

members present and voting.

 

 

Article 2.         Reporting Period

 

 

Section 1.         This Local shall be on a calendar year reporting period from January 1 through

December 31 for all records and reporting to the internal Revenue Service or Department of Labor.

 

 

Article 3.         Governing Rules

 

 

Section 1.         The Local shall abide by all rulings of the APWU National Executive Board.

All rules shall be consistent with the APWU Constitution and By-Laws, the

Landrum-Griffin, and all applicable federal and state laws.

 

 

Section 2.         The rules contained in the current edition of the “Roberts’s Rules of order,

Newly Revised,” shall govern the Local in all cases to which proceedings of

the Local are not covered in the Constitution and By-Laws.