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Wichita Falls TX Area Local Constitution
Article 1. Title
This body will be known as the Wichita Falls TX Area Local of American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO.
Article 2. Objects
Section 1: The object of the Wichita Falls, TX Area Local of American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, will be to unite the Postal Employees of the Wichita Falls TX Area into a democratic brotherhood for their economic and social advancement. It will be the purpose of the Local to advance the interest of the Bargaining Unit Employee, and to aid all members in distress.
We favor the affiliation of all Postal Employees organizations with the AFL-CIO.
Article 3 Membership
Section 1: Any person in the Postal Service who is designated as a full-time or part-time employee or retired employee as stated in the provisions of this Constitution will be eligible for membership.
This body will have full power to confer honorary membership in this Local by a
majority vote of members present and voting at a regular meeting.
3: Members who have been promoted to supervisory positions may be accepted
as associate members for Health Plan participation only. They will pay a $35.00
per annum for this privilege. They will have no voice and vote.
4: Upon request, following retirement from the Postal Service and after
thirty years of union membership in this Local, a member will be allowed a
lifetime membership, paying no further dues to this Local. By paying full
assessment of the APWU National dues, this member will retain full privileges
and voting strength relating to this Local.
Article 4 Time and Place of Meeting
Section 1: This Local will hold its regular meeting at 3:30 PM on the third Saturday of January, March, May, August, and October unless voted otherwise by the majority of members present at a regular meeting.
2: Special meetings may be called upon written signatures of twenty or more
members in good standing or upon the request of three members of the Executive
Committee, and will be at a designated place and time.
Article 5 Representation
Section 1: Each member on good standing will be entitled to one vote.
2: A member in good standing is defined in Article 8, Section 2
Article 6 Officers and Standing Committee
Section 1: Officers of this Local will consist of the President and the following in order of succession:
2: The preceding list of officers will serve as the Executive Committee for
3: The Editor of the Local’s Newsletter will be responsible for publishing
at least one issue each month. He or she will be paid a salary of
$125.00 per monthly issue published and membership dues for 13 pay
periods are allowed for tenure and as an incentive award. He or She will not be
a members on the executive committee unless he or she is an officer of this
Local as described in Section 1.
4: Secret ballots will elect these officers.
5: All officers will be elected for a term of two years.
In an election year the President will appoint an Election committee of
three members in good standing at the September Meeting. This committee will be
responsible for printing, distributing, collecting and counting the ballots.
We will hold floor nominations at the October meeting.
Printed ballots with all candidates will be mailed to all eligible
members fifteen days before the November meeting. All ballots will be retained
for one year.
6: If any member of the Executive Commitee resigns election will fill this
vacant position as follows: Notice of the vacancy and announcement of the
election will be posted immediately on all bulletin boards. This will be
sufficient notice of election.
7: The Auditing Committee will consist of three members in good standing to
be elected for a term of two years at the Local’s regular meeting.
8: The Executive Committee will hold regular meetings before or immediately
following the Local’s regular meeting.
The Executive Committee will be responsible for making recommendations
regarding work of the Local, for coordinating the work of the standing
committees, for carrying out decisions of this Local. And between regular
meetings, when necessary to make decisions not in conflict with the intent of
this Constitution that will benefit this Local. They will report their decisions
and actions at the next regular meeting.
Between regularly scheduled meetings, the Executive Committee will have
the authority to decide, by vote, whether to appeal a grievance to arbitration
that the National APWU has decided not to appeal. They will review the grievance
file and citable arbitration cases available, consider the estimated cost to the
Local, and decide if the appealing of the grievance to arbitration will have
sufficient merit to the Local or affected member(s).
9: The President will appoint one member from each Tour
to serve on a Local Human Relations Committee for other projects for the benefit
of the membership and/or their families.
10: The Steward from each tour, branches and/or Associate office will be
responsible for notifying the Vice President of the hospitalization or death of
a member or his or her spouse. The Vice President is authorized to send a card
to the hospitalized member or spouse and flowers in case of a death of a member
or his or her spouse.
11: The Grievance Committee will consist of Stewards, whom the President
will appoint. Chairperson of this Committee will be the Chief Steward. The
Grievance Committee will sponsor at least one training seminar a year for Local
12: The Labor/Management Committee will consist of the President or the
Executive Vice President, and the Craft Representatives.
13: The Negotiation Committee will consist of a minimum of four members
appointed by the President plus an additional five members fact-finding
committee to help the Negotiating Committee on preparations for Local
14: The Membership Committee will consist of three members appointed by the
President. Their duties will consist of interviewing prospective members, and
other projects to promote membership in this Local.
15: The Entertainment Committee will have charge of
Article 7 Duties of Officers
1: The President will preside at all meetings and appoint all committees. He
or she will fill all vacancies from any cause at all until election has filled
such vacancies according to Article 6. He or she will automatically be
considered a duly elected delegate to District, State and National meetings,
conventions, or rallies. He or she has the privilege of declining if so desired.
He or she will paid $150.00 each month. Membership dues are allowed for tenure
of office as an incentive award.
The President or his or her designee will serve as chairperson for the
delegation to all conventions and meetings to coordinate the activities of this
The President will be allowed 40 hours per year of Leave Without Pay
to be used to further the
business of this Local.
2: The Executive Vice President will assume the duties of the President in
their absence. He or she will be in charge of legislative issues and will work
with the President in coordinating all functions of this Local. He or she will
keep the minutes of all meetings. He or she will be paid $75.00 per month.
Membership dues are allowed for tenure of office as an incentive award.
3: The Treasurer will collect all dues, pay all bills authorized by this
Local. (Checks are countered signed by another Executive Committee member.),
furnish a financial report at each meeting. He or she will be paid a salary of
$125.00 each month. Membership dues are allowed for tenure of office as an
incentive award. In an emergency, any two members of the Executive Committee may
4: The Chief Steward will be responsible for coordinating and helping the
President concerning the National Agreement or any other duties in which he or
she may need help. He or she will also be the Chairperson of the Grievance
Committee and have the responsibility of training new stewards for the Local. He
or she will be paid $125.00 each month. Membership dues are allowed for tenure
of office as an incentive award.
5: The Maintenance Craft Director will be responsible for coordinating and
helping the President in the National Agreement or any other duties as functions
of this Local. He or she will coordinate and help the Chief Steward in the
training of the new stewards for this Local. He or she will be paid $75.00 each
month. Membership dues are allowed for tenure of office as an incentive award.
Article 8 Revenues and Expenditures
Section 1: The dues of the Wichita Falls, TX Area Local of American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, will be 0.93 of 1% of a Level 5, Step 7 Postal Service employee, per month in advance. We will pay no State or National dues on members in arrears.
2: Reason will not affect a member’s good standing status of the fact his
or her paycheck for the payroll period in which his or hers dues’ deductions
are made is insufficient to permit such dues deductions, due to illness, injury,
pregnancy leave, layoff or disciplinary suspension.
3: The union will defray the cost of transportation when duly authorized.
The Union will pay the rate per mile accepted by the IRS or airline rates,
whichever is the lessor. This may be supplemented by amounts deemed necessary to
meet rising cost, subject to membership approval.
4: The Local will pay a maximum of twenty hours per year of LWOP to the
designated official who is assigned the responsibility of going to Associate
Offices. The total amount of LWOP will not exceed twenty hours per year for all
officials of this Local combined when traveling to Associate Offices.
Article 9 Prohibitions
Section 1: No criticism, reflection, argument, or debate, touching on any member’s race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, political affiliation, age or religion will be allowed at any meetings of the APWU.
2: Any affairs, political or social, not directly involved with Union
business will be done before or after the official meeting.
Article 10 Recall
Section 1: To recall a member of the Local Executive Committee, the Committee or separate elected members will form the trial board before which hearings on charges may be held to determine what disposition should be made of the charges before it.
Section 2: If the recommended disciplinary action is expulsion, suspension without pay in excess of sixty days or termination of an incumbent elected officer, an affirmative vote to expel an officer from office must take place. This cannot take effect until confirmed by two-thirds of those voting in a referendum on the recommended disciplinary action. The affected officer will have 10 days to submit a reply to the report
Article 11 Amendments
Section 1: This Constitution will not be amended except by a two-thirds majority affirmative vote of those present.
2: All proposed amendments to the Constitution and bylaws will be presented
in writing to the Vice President, or notice given at the previous regular
meeting. All proposed amendments must be posted in all offices, stations, and
branches. And on all APWU Official bulletin boards, fourteen days before the
next regular meeting for the voting.
3: All Constitutional changes or amendments will be open for discussion,
debate, or any other parliamentary provisions as specified in “Roberts Rules
Article 12 Awards
Section 1: The Local will present the “Phillip A Trammel” Scholarship of $400 to a member or child of a member in good standing. The Executive Committee will make the selection. The Scholarship will be presented in August of each year.
Article 1 Order of
Article 2 Quorum
Seven members will make up a Quorum, but less than that may adjourn to meet at a future specified time.
Article 3 Rules of
Lacking other authority, “Robert Rules of Order” will govern the deliberations of this Local.
Amendments to Bylaws
Amendments to these bylaws may be made as described for amendments to the Constitution.
Appeals’ System within the Local
A: The person preferring the charges will do so by writing specific and detailed charges and presenting these charges to the Hearing Committee.
B: The President will appoint a Hearing Committee consisting of three members that are not involved in any way with the incident.
C: After a reasonable time to prepare a defense, a full and fair hearing will be conducted by the Hearing Committee.
D: The Hearing Committee will report to the next meeting of the Local and the members present will vote accept or reject the Hearing Committee’s decision.
E: The decision may be appealed under the provisions of Article 10 of the National Constitution. The Local will provide administrative assistance or advice for this appeal if requested.
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