The name of this organization shall be the Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center (GMVC) Employees
Local 2333 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO. (AFSCME)
This local union shall be affiliated with PA Public Employees Council Number 13 and
NEPA Public Employees Council Number 87 of the AFSCME; the PA AFL-CIO; and the Greater Scranton Central Labor Union, AFL-CIO.
The objectives of this local shall be
to carry out on a local basis the objectives of the AFSCME.
Section 1. All employees of the Commonwealth of PA GMVC, excluding supervisory
employees Scranton, PA 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 current month's dues.
Section 3. The membership dues of all members effective July 1, 1998,
shall be 1.5 percent of base salary, or such other amount as may be subsequently be established by amendment to the PA Public
Employees Council 13 Constitution.
Section 4. Membership dues shall be payable monthly in advance
to the local secretary-trearurer and in the any event shall be paid no 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 his/her dues through a system of regular payroll deduction
shall for so long as s/he continues to pay through such deduction method, be considered in good standing.
5. A member sespended under the above section may be reinstated in the local on payment of all arrearages.
Section 1. Regular meetings of this local shall
be held every other month, at a time to be fixed by the membership or the executive board.
Special meetings may be called by the local president, the local executive board, or by petition filed with the president
and signed by 10% of the members of the local. Special meetings may also be called by the International President or by authorized
representive of the International President.
Section 3. That a quorum consisting of 5 percent of
the membership in good standing shall be necessary to conduct a regular meeting.
Section 1. The officers of this local shall be 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. In addition, there shall be elected three members who shall serve as trustees. The trustees
shall be elected to three-year terms of office, except that in the initial election, one shall be elected for a one-year term,
one for a two year term, and one for a three-year term. All other officers shall be elected for a term of two years in the
even numbered years.
Section 2. Nominations shall be made at a regular or special meeting of the
local. At least fifteen days' advance notice shall be given to the membership prior to the nomination meeting. All regular
elections shall be held in the month of December.
Section 3. 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.
Section 4 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.
5. All matters concerning nominations and elections in this local union shall be subject to the provisions of
Appendix D, entitled Election Code, of the International Union Constitution.
Section 6. Vacancies
in office shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by vote of the executive board.
Every officer shall, upon assuming office, subscribe to the Obligation of an Officer contained in Appendix B of the International
DUTIES OF OFFICERS, EXECUTIVE BOARD,
TRUSTEES AND CHEIF STEWARD
Section 1. The president shall preside at all meetings of the local union and the executive board.
He/she shall countersign all checks drawn aginst the funds of the local. He/she shall appiont all standing committees and
all special committees of the local, subject to the approval of the executive board. He/she shall report periodically to the
membership regarding the progress and standing of the local and regarding his/her official acts. He/she shall be an automatic
delegate to all conventions. If he/she declines or waives this duty, the vice-president shall be the automatic delegate. If
the president and vice-president both waive or decline this duty, the convention delegate position shall be open for nominations,
and an election shall follow under.
Section 2. The vice-president shall assisit the president
in the work of his/her office. In the absence of the president or the inability to serve, the vice-president shall preside
at all meetings and perform all duties otherwise performed by the president. He/she may, with the approval of the executive
board, be authorized to act as co-signer of checks drawn on the local funds in place of either the president or the secretary-treasurer.
3. The recording secetary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all membership meetings and of all executive
board meetings. He/she shall carry on the official correspondence of the local, execpt as the executive board may direct otherwise.
He/she shall perform such other duties as the executive board may require.
Section 4. The secretary
treasurer shall receive and receipt for all monies of the local union. He/she shall deposit all money so received in the name
of the local union in the 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. He/she shall prepare and sign checks for such purposes as are
required by the constitution or are authorized by the membership or the executive board. He/she shall prepare and submit the
monthly membership report to the International Union office and see that a check is drawn in payment of the local's per capita
tax each month and sent to the International Secretary-Treasurer. Keep an accurate record of receipts and disbusements and
shall once each month, submit to the membership a monthly operating statement of the financial transactions of the local for
the previous month. Act as custodian of all properties of the union. At the expense of the local union and through the International
Union, give a surety bond for the amount to be fixed by the Executive Board of the local union. See that any financial reports
required by the International Union are submitted with the International Union Constitution.
The Trustees shall make or cause to be made at least semi-annually an audit of the finances of the local, and shall report
to the membership on the results of such audit.
Section 6. The Executive Board shall be the governing
body of the local union except when meetings of the local are in section. 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 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.
7. The Chief Steward shall be the union's grievance representative. Be the union representative to all Labor-Management
meetings. Hold department steward meetings at the Chief Steward's convenience.
Section 8. Superseniority
shall be granted in the following manner: President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Secretary-Treasurer, Chief Steward
and three Executive Board Members.
This local union shall at all times be subject to the provisions of the constitution of AFSCME International.
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 whatever. No member or group of members or other person or persons
shall have the power to act on behalf of or otherwise authorized in writing by the President of the local union or by the
Executive Board of the local union.
Section 3. Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall be the guide in
all cases to which they are appicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Constitution and special rules of this
union local or of AFSCME.
This Constitution may be amended, revised,
or otherwise changed by a majority vote of the members voting on such proposed change shall take affect only upon written
approval of the International President. Proposed amendments to this constitution must be read at a regular meeting 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 amemdment shall
be furnished to every eligible voter at the meeting in which the vote is taken.
November 17, 1998