The name of this organization shall be AFSCME Local 1703 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO.
This local shall be chartered by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO and shall be affiliated with AFSCME Council 93 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; the Massachusetts State Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and the appropriate central body of the AFL-CIO.
The objectives of this local union shall be to carry out, on a local basis, the objectives of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
Section 1.† All public employees except state employees in the following Massachusetts cities and towns: Acton, Ayer, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Burlington, Chelmsford, Concord, Harvard, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, North Reading, Pepperell, Reading, Shawsheen Valley Technical School, Shirley, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsboro, Westford, and Wilmington, excluding those employees within the jurisdiction of Locals 2896 and 833,† are eligible for membership in this local union subject to the requirements of the Constitution of the International Union.††
Section 2.† Application for membership shall be made on a standard application form.† Unless such form includes a valid authorization for payroll deduction of dues, the application shall be accompanied by the current monthís dues.
Section 3. The monthly membership dues of this local shall be $30.00 for full-time members, $22.50 for part-time members, and $15.00 for members working 12 or fewer hours per week.
Section 4.† Membership dues shall be payable monthly in advance to the local secretary-treasurer and in any event shall be paid not later than the 15th day of the month in which they become due.† Any member who fails to pay dues by the 15th day of the month in which they become due shall be considered delinquent, and upon failure to pay dues for two successive months shall stand suspended.† Provided, however, that any person who is paying his/her dues through a system of regular payroll deduction shall, for so long as he/she continues to pay through such deduction method, be considered in good standing.
Section 5.† A member suspended under the above section may be reinstated to membership in the local on payment of all arrearages plus the current monthís dues.
Section 1.† Regular meetings of this local shall be held once each month, at a time and place to be fixed by the membership or the local executive board.
Section 2. Regular meetings of each chapter shall be held once each month at a time and place to be fixed by the membership of the chapter or the officers of the chapter.† Special meetings may be called by the chapter chairperson.
Section 3.† Special meetings may be called by the local president, the local executive board, or by petition filed with the president and signed by ten percent of the members of the local.† Special meetings may also be called by the International President or his authorized representatives.
OFFICERS, NOMINATIONS, AND ELECTIONS
Section 1.† The officers of this local shall be a president, a vice-president, a recording secretary, a secretary-treasurer, and three executive board members, and these seven shall constitute the local union executive board. They shall be elected to terms of office for three years beginning in the year 1988.
Section 2.† The officers of each chapter shall be a chapter chairperson, a chapter vice-chairperson, a chapter recording secretary, and three chapter executive board members.† They shall be elected to terms of office for three years.
Section 3.† Nominations and elections shall be made at a regular or special meeting of the local.† At least fifteen days advance notice shall be given the membership prior to the nomination and election meeting.† A nominating committee may be appointed or elected to make nominations, but whether or not such nominating committee is used; nominations shall be permitted from the floor at the nomination meeting.† All regular elections shall be held in the month of May.
Section 4.† To be eligible for office, a member must be in good standing for one year immediately preceding the election, except in the initial election held in this local; provided, however, that no retired member shall be a candidate for office.† For a member who is transferred or promoted into this local from another AFSCME local, this requirement shall be satisfied if such memberís combined membership in good standing in both locals is one year at the time of the election.
Section 5.† Officers shall be elected by secret ballot vote, and the balloting shall be so conducted as to afford to all members a reasonable opportunity to vote.† At least fifteen days advance notice shall be given the membership prior to the holding of the election.
Section 6.† All matters concerning nominations and elections in this local union shall be subject to the provisions of Appendix D, entitled Elections Code, of the International Union Constitution.
Section 7. Every officer shall, upon assuming office, subscribe to the Obligations of an Officer contained in Appendix B of the International Union Constitution.
Section 8. Should any local officer be absent from three (3) consecutive meetings without an excuse acceptable to the executive board, that office shall be declared vacant.
Section 9.† Should any chapter officer be absent from three (3) consecutive chapter meetings without an excuse acceptable to the other chapter officers, that office shall be declared vacant.
Section 10.† Vacancies in the office of vice-president, recording secretary, or secretary-treasurer shall be filled for the remainder of the term by a vote of the executive board.† In the event the office of the president becomes vacant, the vice-president shall become president for the remainder of the unexpired term and the office of vice-president shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by a vote of the executive board.
Section 11.† Vacancies in any chapter office shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by a majority vote of the members present and voting at the next meeting of the chapter after such vacancy occurs.
Section 12.† The president, vice-president, recording secretary, secretary-treasurer of this local shall automatically be delegates to all conventions, conferences, meetings, and seminars by virtue of their office.† No more than the assigned number of delegates listed on the convention call shall be designated as delegates. Alternates, if needed, may be elected by the membership.† The president, or in his/her absence the vice-president, shall be the chairperson of the delegation.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE BOARD
Section 1.† The President shall:
A. Preside at all meetings of the local union and of the Executive Board.
B. Be a member of all committees except election committees.
C. Countersign all checks drawn against the funds of the local.
D. Appoint all standing committees and all special committees of the local, subject to the approval of the Executive Board.
E. Report periodically to the membership regarding the progress and standing of the local and regarding the Presidentís official acts.
Section 2.† The Vice-President shall:
A. Assist the President in the work of the Presidentís office.
B. In the absence of the President or in the Presidentís inability to serve, preside at all meetings and perform all duties otherwise performed by the President.
C. Upon approval by the local executive board, be authorized to act as co-signer of checks drawn on the local funds in place of either the President of the Secretary-Treasurer.
Section 3.† The Recording Secretary shall:
A. Keep a record of the proceedings of all membership meetings and of all Executive Board meetings.
B. Carry on the official correspondence of the local, except as the Executive Board may direct otherwise.
C. Perform such other duties as the Executive Board may require.
Section 4.† The Secretary-Treasurer shall:
A. Receive and receipt for all monies of the local union.
B. Deposit all money so received in the name of the local union in a bank or banks selected by the Executive Board, and money so deposited shall be withdrawn only by check signed by the President and the Secretary-Treasurer.
C. Prepare and sign checks for such purposes as are required by the constitution or are authorized by the membership or the Executive Board.
D. Prepare and submit the monthly membership report to the International Union office and see that a check is drawn in payment of the localís per capita tax each month and sent to the International Secretary-Treasurer.
E. Keep an accurate record of receipts and disbursements and shall, once each month, submit to the membership a monthly operating statement of the financial transactions of the local for the previous month.
F. Act as custodian of all properties of the local union.
G. Give a surety bond for an amount to be fixed by the Executive Board of the local union and through the International Union.
H. See that any financial reports required by the International Union Constitution to be submitted to the International Union are submitted in accordance with the International Union Constitution.
Section 5.† The Executive Board shall be the governing body of the local union except when meetings of the local union are in session.† All matters affecting the policies, aims, and means of accomplishing the purposes of the local not specifically provided for in this constitution or by action of the membership at a regular or special meeting shall be decided by the Executive board.† The board shall meet at the call of the President or of a majority of the members of the board.† A report on all actions taken by the Executive Board shall be made to the membership at the next following meeting.† A majority of the members of the Executive Board shall be required for a quorum.
Section 6.† The Executive board shall cause to be made, at least annually, an audit of the records of the local by a certified public accountant.† The results of this audit will be mailed to the International Union and reported to the membership of this local.
Section 1.† This local union shall at all times be subject to the provisions of the Constitution of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
Section 2.† Except to the extent specified in this Constitution, no officer of the local union shall have the power to act as agent for or otherwise bind the local union in any way whatsoever.† No member or group of members or other person or persons shall have the power to act on behalf of or otherwise bind the local union except to the extent specifically authorized in writing by the President of the local union or by the Executive Board of the local union.
Section 3.† Robertís rules of Order, Revised, shall be the guide in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with this Constitution and special rules of this local union or of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
This Constitution may be amended, revised, or otherwise changed by a majority vote of the members voting on such proposed change and such change shall take effect only upon written approval of the International President.† Proposed amendments to this Constitution must be read at a regular or special meeting of the local union and read and voted on at a subsequent meeting of the local union, adequate and proper notice having been given to the membership prior to the date on which the vote is taken.† A written copy of the proposed amendment shall be furnished to every eligible voter at the meeting at which the vote is taken.
Revised - 2/11/99