UE 222 Constitution

Local Constitution
UE LOCAL 222, CILU/CIPU affiliated with
United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)

Approved and Adopted October 31, 2007
Amended: September 25, 2010 Convention Ratified by Sub-Locals: January 3, 2011
Amended: October 1, 2016 Convention

PREAMBLE

We, the Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers realize that the struggle to better our working and living conditions is in vain unless we are united to protect ourselves collectively against the organized forces of the employers.

Realizing that the old craft form of trade union organization is unable to defend effectively the interests and improve the conditions of the wage earners, WE, THE ELECTRICAL, RADIO AND MACHINE WORKERS form an organization which unites all workers in our jurisdiction on a democratic basis, with rank and file control, regardless of craft, age, sex, nationality, race, creed or political beliefs, and pursue at all times a policy of aggressive struggle to improve our conditions.

We pledge ourselves to labor unitedly for the principles herein set forth, to perpetuate our union and work conceitedly with other labor organizations to bring about a higher standard of living of the workers.

BILL OF RIGHTS FOR UNION MEMBERS

1. RIGHTS TO MEMBERSHIP

No person otherwise eligible for membership in this union shall be denied membership in this Local, because of age, skill, craft, sex, nationality, color, religious or political beliefs or affiliation, sexual orientation, disability or immigration status.

2. FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Members shall suffer no impairment of freedom of speech concerning the operations of this union. Active discussion of union affairs shall be encouraged and protected within this organization.

3. Members shall have the right to conduct the internal affairs of the union free from employer interference.

4. DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS

Members shall have the right to fair and democratic elections, at all levels of the union. This includes due notice of nominations and elections, equal opportunity for competing candidates, and proper election procedures which shall be constitutionally specified.

5. RIGHT TO HOLD OFFICE

Members shall have an equal right to run for and hold office, subject only to constitutionally specified qualifications, uniformly applied. Retired members of Local 222 shall retain the right to hold office on the Executive Board of CILU/CIPU, provided they continue to pay union dues to their appropriate Sublocal.

6. ACCOUNTING OF FUNDS

Members shall have the right to a full and clear accounting of all union funds at all levels. Such accounting shall include, but not be limited to, periodic reports to the membership by the appropriate fiscal officers and periodic audits by officers elected for that purpose or by independent auditors not otherwise connected with the union.

7. PARTICIPATION IN DECISIONS

Members shall have the right to full participation, through discussion and vote, in the decision-making processes of the union, and to pertinent information needed for the exercise of this right. This right shall specifically include decisions concerning the acceptance or rejection of collective bargaining contracts, memoranda of understanding, or any other agreements affecting their wages, hours, or other terms and conditions of employment. All members shall have an equal right to vote and each vote cast shall be of equal weight.

8. DUE PROCESS

Charges against a member or officer shall be specific and shall be only on grounds provided in this Constitution. Accused members or officers shall have the right to fair trial with strict adherence to due process. The accused shall be considered innocent until proven guilty and may have a person of their choice with them during all proceedings.

ARTICLE
I NAME
Section 1. This organization shall be known as CILU/CIPU (Connecticut Independent Labor Union/Connecticut Independent Police Union).

AFFILIATION

Section 2. CILU/CIPU shall be affiliated with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, National Union; and North East Region, United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America.

JURISDICTION

Section 3. Local membership under CILU/CIPU shall consist of state and local government employees working in the State of Connecticut and employees who shall be public or private sector employees, through units designated as Sub-locals.

HEADQUARTERS

The headquarters for UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU shall be easily accessible to all members. The location is determined by the Executive Board as needed.

ARTICLE II OBJECTIVES A. ORGANIZING

To promote the organization of public and private sector workers in the State of Connecticut.

B. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

To promote the welfare of the membership and to provide a voice in the determination of the terms and conditions of employment. We are committed to the process of collective bargaining as the most desirable, democratic, and effective method to achieve this both a union members and as citizens. We shall also engage in legislative and political action to advance our programs.

C. CAREER SERVICE

To promote fair job employment and career service in government.

D. RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

To provide research and educational services and activities designed to assist members and Sub-locals.

E. COOPERATION

To foster cooperation and mutual support among locals and Sub-locals.
F. FREE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS

To provide the forum for employees within the State of Connecticut to exchange their ideas and viewpoints and thereby allow them to democratically choose a course of direction for the condition of their employment.

In even numbered years the Biennial Convention shall take the place of the Fall Council meeting.

Council meetings shall be held at UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU headquarters or at alternate locations upon prior approval of the Council.

The Executive Board will govern all UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU operations, policy and staff, including the hiring and firing of all Local staff. The Council will authorize all expenditures over $5,000.00 and will set all financial policy governing staff operations.
Sub-locals shall be entitled to one vote. Sub-locals with more than one hundred (100) dues-paying members shall be entitled to an additional vote for each additional one hundred (100) dues-paying members or any portion thereof, up to a maximum of four additional votes.

Section 2. PRESIDENT

A AUTHORITY, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Council and shall conduct the affairs of the UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU in accordance with this Constitution and in accordance with policy decisions of the convention and the Council. The President shall, with the approval of the executive board, procure suitable offices for the transaction of UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU business. The President shall, with the permission of the executive board, employ, terminate, set the compensation and expenses, and monitor the activities of such office staff as are required to carry out effectively the functions of the Union. The President engages such technical and professional services, including legal counsel, as may be required. The President shall report regularly to the Council on all official actions taken. The President shall make authorizations for expenditures, and sign contracts and other official documents of the UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU. The President shall sign checks jointly with the Secretary/Treasurer and/or designee. The President may, with the approval of the Council, designate a deputy or deputies to sign such documents instead. The President shall give bond in the amount required by the National Union. The President shall, by virtue, of his/her office, be an automatic delegate to UE Conventions, North East Region Council Meetings, and any other event to which the Local sends delegates. The President shall have no vote except to break a tie.

B. TERM AND EXPENSES

The President shall be elected at every regular convention. The President shall receive expenses in accordance with policy established by the Council.

C. CONVENTION DUTIES

The President shall be the presiding officer at all conventions. The President shall, at each convention, present a written report to the delegates concerning the President's activities during the period since the preceding convention.

D. RESPONSIBILITIES OF COUNCIL AND ITS COMMITTEES
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Council. The President shall serve as Chairperson of the Council, as Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and as an ex- officio member of all other committees of the Council.

E. BUDGET

In advance of each fiscal year, the President shall submit to the Council a proposed budget for the coming year, setting forth the anticipated income and the source thereof and the anticipated expenditures and their purposes. A copy of the proposed budget shall be transmitted by the President to the Secretary/Treasurer at least twenty (20) calendar days prior to a vote of the Council concerning such budget. The proposed budget shall be subject to revision arid approval by the Council. Insofar as possible, the President shall adhere to the budget adopted by the Council.

F. INTERPRETS CONSTITUTION

The President shall have authority to make interpretations of this Constitution, subject to appeal first to the Executive Board and then to the Council by affected parties.

G. TRAVEL

The President, subject to the general direction of the Council, shall travel wherever required in the carrying out of the duties and responsibilities of the office.

H. SUSPENSION OF OFFICERS AND STAFF

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution, the President shall have the authority to order the immediate suspension with pay, pending full investigation, of officers and staff employees of this body who, in the opinion of the President, are engaged in conduct imminently dangerous to the welfare of this Union. In all such cases, the President shall immediately notify members of the Council of such action, which shall be automatically reviewed and approved or disapproved by the Council whether or not it is formally appealed to the Board. In any such situation, the order of the President shall be in effect for no more than fifteen (15) days, and may not be renewed unless formal charges have been filed against the officer or staff employees so suspended within the fifteen (15) day period.

I. OTHER DUTIES

The President shall perform such other duties as may be required by this Constitution or the Council.

Section 3. VICE PRESIDENT

A AUTHORITY, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Vice President shall attend and participate in all Council meetings, conventions, and special meetings as required. The Vice President shall lend his/her counsel in all such meetings, staying current on all UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU policy and proceedings. The Vice President shall vote on all issues presented for democratic resolution at any meeting and the Vice President will be available to substitute for the President as presiding official at any meeting normally attended by the President. The Vice President shall assume all duties and responsibilities of the President in the event the President resigns, is removed from office pursuant to this Constitution or is unable to perform his/her duties.

B. TERM AND EXPENSES

The Vice President shall be elected at every regular convention. The Vice President shall receive expenses in accordance with policy established by the Council.

C. OTHER DUTIES

The Vice President shall perform such other duties as may be required by this Constitution, the President or the Council.

Section 4. SECRETARY/TREASURER

A. AUTHORITY, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Secretary/Treasurer shall maintain properly and have custody over all documents of the Council and all other documents and papers pertaining to the Secretary/Treasurer's office and conduct correspondence necessary in the administration thereof The Secretary/Treasurer shall, in conjunction with the President, prepare an annual budget and arrange for the employment of such personnel as may be required to carry out the functions of the Secretary/Treasurer's office. The Secretary/Treasurer may, with the approval of the Council, designate the Financial Director to perform such duties as enumerated herein.

The Secretary Treasurer shall:
• Receive, receipt, and account for all money paid to the Local.
• Pay all bills authorized by the Local.
• Furnish all supplies pertaining to the Local.
• Give account of all receipts and expenditures.
• Furnish a monthly Financial Report to the Local.
• Furnish a monthly report on per capita to the District Council.
• Furnish a monthly report on per capita to the National Union.
• Sign checks and per capita reports jointly with the President.
• Give bond in the amount required by the National Union.

TERM AND EXPENSE

The Secretary/Treasurer shall be elected at every regular convention.

The Secretary/Treasurer shall receive expenses in accordance with policies established by the Council.

CONVENTION DUTIES

The Secretary/Treasurer shall serve as Secretary at all conventions and in such capacity shall:

a Issue a convention call, in the name of the Council, not less than ninety (90) days prior to the opening of any convention. Such call shall state the time, date and place of the biennial convention to be conducted in the third calendar quarter in lieu of the Fall Council Meeting in even years. In the cases of a special convention, the purpose or purposes will be stated. The
Secretary/Treasurer shall send a copy of the call to all subordinate bodies, together with the appropriate number of blank credential forms.

b. Receive in advance of the convention all credentials. Such credentials shall be stamped as to the date of receipt, attached to the envelope in which they were received, and submitted to the Council.

c. Receive in advance of the convention all proposed resolutions, including proposals to amend the Constitution, except that no resolution received after the fortieth (40th) day prior to the opening of the convention shall be considered introduced unless consent is given by a two-thirds vote of the convention or unless it is introduced by the President or the Executive Board.

d. Maintain an accurate record of the convention proceedings and distribute copies of such record to all convention delegates and to all subordinate bodies as soon as practicable after the convention.

REPORT TO CONVENTION

The Secretary/Treasurer shall, at each convention, present a written report to the delegates concerning the Secretary/Treasurer’s activities during the period since the preceding convention, such report shall include a financial report for any fiscal year or years which have ended during such period. The fiscal year shall begin on January 1st and end on the last day of December.

K MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL

The Secretary/Treasurer shall serve as Secretary of the Council, and shall keep accurately the minutes of each meeting of the Council. Copies of the minutes shall be sent to each Sub-local.

F. MINUTES OF COUNCIL COMMIITEES

The Secretary/Treasurer or designee shall serve as Secretary of the Finance Committee and shall submit copies of the minutes of the committee to each Sublocal.

G. PROPOSED ANNUAL BUDGET

The Secretary/Treasurer shall receive from the President a copy of the proposed annual budget at least twenty (20) calendar days in advance of the Council's budget deliberations. The Secretary/Treasurer shall mail to the Council, at least fifteen (15) calendar days prior to any Council vote on the budget, the Executive Board's proposed annual budget.

The Secretary/Treasurer shall promptly report to the Council any major deviation from the approved budget.

H . REGULAR FINANCIAL REPORTS

The Secretary/Treasurer shall have prepared (1) a monthly financial report and (2) a quarterly financial report, which shall be submitted to each Sub-local.

I. AVAILABILITY OF BOOKS AND RECORDS

The Secretary/Treasurer shall make available for inspection, at UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU headquarters at all reasonable times, to any Council member or to the duly authorized representative of any subordinate body, all books and records, including minutes of any meeting of the Council, which are in the
Secretary/Treasurer's custody. All financial records of UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU shall be retained, in their original form, for a minimum of six years from the date of such records.

J. AUDITING OF ACCOUNTS

The Secretary/Treasurer shall insure that each April all accounts of UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU shall be audited following the close of each fiscal year. The audit report shall be transmitted to the President, the Secretary/Treasurer, and the Vice President, and to each subordinate body as promptly as possible after completion of the audit.

K OTHER DUTIES

Secretary/Treasurer shall perform such other duties as may be requested by the President or required by the Council or by this Constitution.

Section 5. EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS AT LARGE

A. AUTHORITY, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Attend and participate in all Council meetings, Conventions, and Special Meetings as required. The Executive Board Members at Large, together with the Secretary/Treasurer and/or Finance Director shall form the Union Finance Committee. The Executive Board Members at Large shall be responsible for assisting in development of the annual budget and an annual audit of all Union funds.

B. TERM AND EXPENSES

The Executive Board Members at Large shall be elected at every regular convention. The Executive Board Members at Large shall receive expenses in accordance with policy established by the Council.

Section 6. TRUSTEES

A. DUTIES OF THE TRUSTEES

The Trustees shall:
• Act as custodians and exercise supervision over all the property of the Local; keep an inventory thereof, and report same in writing at a Local meeting.
• Examine and audit all books and records of Secretary/Treasurer quarterly, and make quarterly reports at the regular meeting of the Local following the audit, and shall make such other audits and reports at the direction of the Local Executive Board or the Local Union.
• Witness the quarterly official notification by the President and the Secretary/Treasurer to the General Secretary Treasurer of the National Union certifying that the Local's books and records have been audited. This notice shall state what the condition of the books and the records are.

B. TERM AND EXPENSES

The Trustees shall be elected at every regular convention. The Trustees shall receive expenses in accordance with the policy established by the Council.

Section 7. THE LOCAL EXECUTIVE BOARD

DUTIES OF THE LOCAL EXECUTIVE BOARD

• All decisions of the Executive Board shall be by a majority vote of the members present.
• Three (3) members of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum.
• The Executive Board shall perform all duties necessary to the proper administration of the affairs of the Local Union consistent with the Local, Regional
• Council and National Constitutions.

• The Executive Board shall act in cases of emergency which may arise between meetings of the Local.
• The Executive Board shall meet prior to each Council meeting and at such other times as the Executive Board or the President may determine.
• The Executive Board shall use every possible means to organize the unorganized within the jurisdiction of the Local.
• The Executive Board shall establish such committees as may be needed to promote the interests of the Union, subject to the approval of the Council.
• A vacancy in the Executive Board shall be filled by nomination and election at the next regular meeting of the Local Union upon at least 15 days written (by first class mail or publication in the UE News) notices to the membership.

Section 8. EXECUTIVE OFFICER SALARY

A. The President shall receive, on a monthly basis, the sum of $333.33 for attendance at Executive Board and Council Meetings, in addition to performance of other Constitutionally required duties.

B. The Vice President shall receive, on a monthly basis, the sum of $250.00 for attendance at Executive Board and Council Meetings, in addition to performance of other Constitutionally required duties.

C. The Secretary/Treasurer shall receive, on a monthly basis, the sum of $250.00 for attendance at Executive Board and Council Meetings, in addition to performance of other Constitutionally required duties.

D. Executive Board Members-at-Large shall receive, on a monthly basis, the sum of $125.00 for attendance at Executive Board and Council Meetings, in addition to performance of other Constitutionally required duties.

E. Trustees will be compensated for mileage.

F. The salaries shall be subject to the ongoing oversight of the Executive Board. The executive Board shall have the right to reduce salaries for unexcused absences in two consecutive months.

ARTICE IV
ELECTIONS
Section 1. NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Nominations of officers shall be conducted by mail according to the following procedure: Any member of the Local in good standing for at least twelve (12) full calendar months at the time of nomination shall be eligible for office.

Nominations shall be sent by an individual member or Sub-local by mail post marked no later than the fortieth (40g )day prior to the opening of the Convention. The Secretary/Treasurer shall notify each nominee for each position by mail of their nomination not less than thirty (30) days prior to the commencement of the Convention. Such nominee shall, within five (5) days of receipt of such notice, sign and return their acceptance form to the office of the Local. Failure to provide such acceptance within the specified time frame shall constitute rejection of the nomination.

No person shall be a candidate for more than one office.

The list of nominees in alphabetical order for each position shall be sent to all delegates at least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of the Convention.

Election of officers shall be the first order of business of the Convention. Balloting shall occur for a period of no less than thirty (30) minutes.

Section 2. ELECTION COMMITTEE AND RESULTS

The President shall appoint an election committee of not less than three (3) members and not more than five (5) members. No Sub-local shall have more than one representative appointed to such committee.

Such election committee shall be responsible for all aspects of voting and tabulation and insuring the integrity of the election. Any candidate receiving the majority votes for an office shall be determined the winner. In the event there are more than two candidates for an office and no one receives a majority vote, the candidate with the smallest number of votes will be withdrawn from consideration until such time as one candidate receives the majority.

Section 3. VOTE PROTEST

Where the Council finds violations which may have affected the outcome of the election, they shall have the power to order a revote, recount of ballots, or other such action to remedy the violation as they deem appropriate.

Section 4. OFFICER RECALL

Any Executive Board member may be removed from office for just cause. Upon a petition signed by 50% of all Council members, a hearing shall be held to consider such action. Seven (7) calendar days' notice shall be given to the subject officer of said hearing date and the specific charges alleged. If the President is the subject officer, such hearing shall be chaired by the next ranking officer. Recall of any officer shall be by majority vote of the Council and shall give reason for removal from office.

Section 5. INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS

All officers elected at the convention shall take office as the last order of business prior to final adjournment.

ARTICLE V

Section 1. THE CONVENTION

The Convention shall meet biennially in the even number years during the Fall, at such time and place as determined by the Council with notification to all Sub-locals ninety (90) days in advance thereof.

Section 2. DELEGATES

Sub-locals shall be entitled to one delegate. Sub-locals with more than one hundred (100) dues-paying members shall be entitled to an additional delegate for each additional one hundred (100) dues-paying members or any portion thereof up to a maximum of four (4) total delegates.

The determination date for Sub-local representation shall be the per capita report in effect ninety (90) days prior to the commencement of the Convention.

Section 3. VOTES

Only delegates, or their written authorized alternates, designated as such by a Sub-local's filing of credentials to the UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU headquarters office shall be allowed to participate in the Convention's official meetings and votes. When constitutional votes and election votes are taken, The President may request that all nonmembers and paid staff clear the floor.

Sub-locals shall be entitled to one vote. Sub-locals with more than one hundred (100) dues- paying members shall be entitled to an additional vote for each additional one hundred (100) dues-paying members or any portion thereof, up to a maximum of four additional votes.

Resolutions, including proposals to amend the Constitution, to be introduced for consideration by the Convention shall contain the signatures of the President and Secretary of the body presenting them.

Approval or rejection shall be determined by simple majority (fifty percent plus one).

ELECTION OF DELEGATES TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION AND REGIONAL COUNCIL MEETINGS

A The Local shall send as many delegates to the UE National Convention and to the North East Regional Council as permitted by such bodies.
B. The President of the Local shall, by his/her office, be an automatic delegate.
C. Additional delegates to the National Convention of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America and to the Regional Council meetings shall be selected at the Council meetings.
D. Lost time and expenses for delegates shall be paid for by the Local. Sub-locals are encouraged to negotiate lost time payment with their employers to cover UE conventions.
E. Other arrangements may be made by the Local Executive Board.
F. All union members are encouraged to attend Regional Council meetings and other
union functions as guests.

ARTICLE VI

Section I . CODE OF CONDUCT

All members and staff of the UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU will conduct themselves, with regard to their Union duties and activities, without impugning the integrity of the Union.

No staff members) or representative(s) of UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU shall negotiate directly with any management representative(s) without the expressed knowledge and consent of the Sub-local's elected official(s). Additionally, no elected official of a Sublocal shall negotiate without the expressed knowledge and consent of his/her negotiation team or the membership.

Section 2. OFFENSES

The Local shall have the right to discipline by suspension, or by expulsion or other remedy any member of the Local who may be found guilty, after a hearing as hereinafter provided, of violation of the Constitution and By-Laws, or the general good and welfare, of the Local, the Regional Council, or the National Union.

Section 3. TRIALS AND APPEALS

If a member of the Local commits an offense against the Constitution and By-Laws, or the good and welfare of the Local, Regional Council or National Union, they shall be given an impartial trial by the Local. The offense for which they are charged shall be presented in writing to the Local by a member in good standing in the Local 222 CILU/CIPU. The Local Secretary/Treasurer shall give a copy of such charges to the accused member.

The Trial Committee of five (5) members shall be elected by the members present at the next regular membership meeting of the Local following the submission of the charges. The Trial Committee shall record the testimony and make recommendations as to the disposition of the case to the next regular membership meeting of the Local which shall vote on the recommendations.

The member making the charges and the accused shall have the right to appeal to the Regional Council, and then to the General Executive Board of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, and from that body to the ensuing National Convention. The respective decisions of the Local, the Regional Council and the General Executive Board shall be final until otherwise decided by the higher body.

ARTICLE VII

Section 1. SUB-LOCAL AUTONOMY

A Within the framework of the state body of UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU, individual groups of governing members shall exist to serve the needs of their people. These groups, known as Sub-locals and designated by both name and number, will consist of officers to include President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer and shall also have Steward(s), Negotiating Teams, and Committees (as needed).

B. Sub-locals should have monthly membership meetings.

Each Sub-local shall establish a Grievance Review Committee which shall be composed of the Executive Officers of the local. Each Sub-local may, at its discretion, elect additional members to the Grievance Review Committee from among the Sub-local's Stewards.

The Grievance Review Committee is charged with the duty and responsibility to review each grievance to determine the merits of the grievance prior to arbitration. The Committee shall make such determination by majority vote. The Committee shall make its recommendation to the next regular membership meeting, or special meeting if necessary. The membership shall decide by secret ballot vote whether or not to proceed to arbitration.

Section 2. SUB-LOCAL OPERATIONS

Each Sub-local will establish their own Constitution/By-Laws, not to be at odds with this document, and they shall create terms of office, duties of office, election procedures and financial procedures. Such Sub-local Constitution/By-Laws shall be submitted by each Sub- local to the UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU President for review.

Section 3. SUB-LOCAL FINANCES

A All Sub-local's monies will be retained by the Sub-local, except all money owed by the Sub- local to the UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU under established policies and procedures.

B. Sub-locals shall be allowed to establish dues rates in excess of the UE Local 222, CILU/CIPU official dues rate by a secret ballot vote of its members called to a meeting for said purpose by a notice of at least fourteen (14) calendar days.

ARTICLE VIII. UE LOCAL 222. CILU/CIPU MEMBERSHIP DUES/REVENUES

Section 1. The Local Executive Board, the Convention, or any member in good standing of the Local with the written endorsement of 25% of members in good standing of the Local may submit a proposed change in dues.

The Local Executive Board shall report the proposed change in dues at the next
Council meeting and give at least sixty (60) days notice of said proposal. The Executive Board shall make its recommendations on the proposed change to the membership.

If approved by the Council, Sub-locals shall call for a ratification meeting within sixty (60) days notice of the Council vote. Members shall receive at least fourteen (14) days notice prior to such meeting. Sub-locals shall be entitled to one vote. Sub-locals with more than one hundred (100) dues-paying members shall be entitled to an additional vote for each additional one hundred ( 100) dues-paying members
or any portion thereof, up to a maximum of four additional votes.

Sub-locals which fail to vote within said sixty (60) days shall be considered voting in the affirmative.

Dues Reduction, whether temporary or permanent, as well as a freeze in dues, shall be made by the authority of the Executive Board.

Any dues changes shall be effective thirty (30) days after written notice to all Sublocals.

Section 2. All members are required to keep their dues current in order to remain members in good standing. Any member who is sick or otherwise disabled and has not received his/her salary or other compensation for a majority period in any month, is not required to pay dues to remain a member in good standing. Ten (10) month BOE employee members shall not be required to pay dues during those full weeks school is shut down and they receive no pay. Section 3.

PER CAPITA AND INITIATION FEES

Per capita shall be paid to the National Union and Regional Council in accordance with the National Union.

Initiation fee for all new members of $5.00 shall be forwarded to the National Office.
New members shall be given copies of the Local Constitution. It is required that the Sub- local Executive Board provide new members' contact information to the UE Local 222 office.

ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

The Local Executive Board, the Convention, or any member in good standing of the Local with the written endorsement of 25% of members in good standing of the Local may submit proposed amendments to this Constitution.

The amendments must state the Article and Sections of the Constitution sought to be amended.

The Local Executive Board shall report the proposed amendment at the next Council meeting and give at least sixty (40) days notice of said proposal. The Executive Board shall make its recommendations on the proposed amendment to the membership. The proposed amendment shall become part of the Constitution by majority vote in favor of the proposed amendment of the members present at the meeting provided such amendment does not conflict with the Constitution of the Regional Council or the National Union, and provided further that Constitutional amendments must be approved by a majority of all Sub-locals voting.

Sub-locals shall call for ratification meetings within forty (40) days notice of the Council vote. Members shall receive at least fourteen (14) days notice prior to such meeting. Sub- locals shall be entitled to one vote. Sub-locals with more than one hundred (100) dues- paying members shall be entitled to an additional vote for each additional one hundred (100) dues-paying members or any portion thereof, up to a maximum of four additional votes.

Sub-locals which fail to vote within said forty (40) days shall be considered voting in the affirmative.

SAMPLE FOR CONDUCTING A MEETING
UE LOCAL 222, CILU/CIPU MEMBERSHIP MEETING AGENDA
• Call to Order
• Roll Call of Officers
• Reading of Minutes
• Correspondence
• Financial Report
• Report and Recommendations Officers
• Grievance Reports
• Reports of Committees
• Report of Representative of National Union
• Unfinished Business
• New Business
• Good and Welfare