AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES LOCAL 3529 BYLAWS
APPROVED BY AFGE JULY 18, 2001
THE CONSTITUTION OF AFGE LOCAL 3529 IS SET FORTH IN APPENDIX B
OF THE AFGE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION
THE CONSTITUTION OF AFGE LOCAL 3529 IS SET FORTH IN APPENDIX B OF THE AFGE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION
Section 1. This local adopts the standard local constitution, as amended, contained in Appendix B of the AFGE National Constitution.
Section 2. The headquarters of the local shall be at the site of the Local President's duty station.
Section 3. Meetings and votes of any kind may be called by the President, a majority of the Executive Board, or upon written petition of at least ten percent of then current dues paying members. Five days written notice (except for bylaws changes) of the specific purpose of the meeting and/or vote must be given to the membership. Meetings and/or votes shall be held at a time and in a manner selected by a majority vote of the Executive Board or a majority vote of members in good standing.
Section 4. Bylaws shall be adopted and amended only after a one month notice to the localís membership and by two-thirds vote of members, either present at a membership meeting and voting, with provision for absentee vote, or by mail ballot. Such bylaws do not require NEC approval. Voting members shall send their votes to the Vice President of Reporting for tallying. Votes must be received within 15 calendar days after the date the proposed bylaws are deposited in the U.S. Mail. Ratified bylaws shall be effective seven days after this 15-day period and will be provided to all dues paying members with the next newsletter.
Section 5. Only members (regular and retired) of the Local in good standing (current dues paying members) shall be allowed to vote on matters before the membership. Retired members are not eligible to be a Steward or to hold elective office.
Section 6. A quorum of this Local shall consist of the number of officers plus one. Votes may be cast by mail (regular or e-mail) or telephone.
Section 7. The general offices of this Local who comprise the Executive Board are the following:
Section 8. The duties of the Executive Board shall be the same as the duties prescribed by the AFGE Standard Local Constitution in Article VIII of Appendix B. The Executive Board shall meet at the call of the President or by a petition of at least 10% of the dues paying membership for votes on decisions of whether or not to take grievance cases to arbitration, decisions on vacancies in offices other than President, and to appoint Election Committees. All members of the Executive Board shall announce their votes on all issues before the Board. Their votes shall be provided to the Vice President of Reporting within 3 days of receiving the issue. No abstentions will be allowed on issues before the board. The Vice President of Reporting will provide a report on all Executive Board votes to the Vice President of Communications within 2 days of the final vote tally. The Vice President of Communications will provide complete information, including summary and individual votes, on all votes in the next newsletter. All issues will be decided by a majority vote of the Board. Vacancies for offices other than President shall be filled for the unexpired term by selection by the remaining members of the Board. In case no candidate for the vacancy receives majority support, the Board shall conduct a runoff vote between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes. If there is a tie after the runoff, the President shall choose one of the two-runoff candidates to fill the vacancy.
Section 9. The President shall appoint such Stewards, as may be necessary, subject to approval by a majority vote of the Executive Board. Removal of Stewards shall be accomplished only by a majority vote of the Executive Board.
Section 10. The duties of the President shall be the same as the duties prescribed for President by the AFGE Standard Local Constitution in Article VI, Section 3 of Appendix B.
Section 11. The Executive Vice President shall assist the President in the performance of the duties of that office. If the President is incapacitated from his or her duties, the Executive Vice President shall perform the duties of President.
Section 12. The duties of the Vice President of Finance shall be the same as the duties prescribed for Treasurer by the AFGE Standard Local Constitution in Article VI, Section 5 of Appendix B. The Vice President of Finance shall provide the Vice President of Communications a quarterly report for inclusion in the quarterly newsletter. This report shall provide at least the following information: Beginning Balance; Quarterly Revenues, Quarterly Expenses; Ending Balance.
Section 13. The duties of the Vice President of Reporting shall be the same as the duties prescribed for Secretary by the AFGE Standard Local Constitution in Article VI, Section 6 of Appendix B.
Section 14. The duties of the Vice President of Communications shall be to: publish a quarterly newsletter; publish other notices as specified by the President or a majority vote of the Executive Board; and establish and maintain a communications committee.
Section 15. The duties of the Vice President of Special Projects shall be to assist the Chief Steward and to perform other duties as assigned by the President and/or the Executive Board.
Section 16. The duties of the Chief Steward shall be: directing the activities of Stewards; organizing and recruiting new members; maintaining a constructive relationship between the Local and management; increasing members' understanding of the Local's agreement with management; policing the Local's agreement by handling grievances; enforcing the agreement by watching for violations and immediately addressing them with management; and keeping the Local informed of matters of interest brought to the attention of Stewards by members.
Section 17. In the case of a vacancy in the office of President, the executive Vice President shall fill the office for the unexpired term.
Section 18. Nomination of officers shall be held in September and elections and installation shall be held in October after proper notice to dues paying members. Elections shall be governed by the procedures found in the AFGE Rules Of Conduct for an Election, AFGE National Constitution, Appendix A. The Executive Board, by August 15th of each election year, shall appoint an Election Committee of three members. All Election Committee decisions shall be made by a majority vote of the committee members. Any member in good standing may submit the names of candidates to an election of officers.
Section 19. The general officers shall serve for two-year terms and shall be elected in even numbered years. This process will commence in the year 2000.
Section 20. A majority of the executive Board must approve all decisions on whether or not to take grievance cases to arbitration.
Section 21. The Vice President of Finance shall sign and the President shall countersign all checks covering proper expenditures for the Local. In the absence of either the Vice President of Finance or the President, the Executive Vice President will sign in the place of the absent officer. These three officers, by virtue of their office, shall have check signing authority. In any event, there must be two signatures on all checks.
Section 22. In accordance with provisions pertaining to officers responsible for custody of funds of the Local found in the AFGE National Constitution at Article XIX, Section 6, these individuals must be bonded for a least 10 percent of all the monies handled by the Local in any particular year.
Section 23. All books, records, and fiscal accounts of the Local shall be open at all times to the inspection and review of the Executive Board. The Vice President of Finance is responsible for coordinating with the Outside Auditor in matters relating to the Annual Audit.
Section 24. Such committees as may be established by the Local shall be comprised of members appointed by the President and subject to the approval of a majority of the Executive Board. A majority of the voting dues paying members may also elect such committees.
Section 25. The Local shall send $.50 for each new member to the AFGE National Secretary-Treasurer.
Section 26. Bi-weekly dues for regular members shall be the same as the AFGE monthly per capita tax ($13.00 effective January 1, 2001). The dues shall be immediately increased by the amount by which the AFGE National Convention increases the per capita tax. A regular member, not subject to dues withholding, may pay the dues by check to the Local in order to remain a member in good standing. For example, a member may wish to pay dues while temporarily promoted to a supervisor position. Supervisors may not run for office, or otherwise be a Union official.
Section 27. Monthly dues for retired members will be two times the AFGE monthly per capita tax (currently $.50), payable quarterly in advance. Thus, current retired member monthly dues will be $1.00. Retired means retired from the Federal Government and eligible to receive a Government annuity. To be a retired member, an individual must have continuously been a member in good standing of an AFGE Local for at least the year preceding their retirement.
Section 28. A majority means the next number greater than half of the total. For example, a majority would be 4 for 7 members of the Executive Board and a majority would be 4 for a committee of 6.