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AFSCME Local 2333

Our Constitution

Constitution For The

Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center

Employees Local 2333



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.
Section 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.
Section 2. 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.
Section 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.
Section 7. Every officer shall, upon assuming office, subscribe to the Obligation of an Officer contained in Appendix B of the International Constitution.


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.
Section 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.
Section 5. 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.
Section 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. 

Section 1. This local union shall at all times be subject to the provisions of the constitution of AFSCME International.
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 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.


International President

November 17, 1998

Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center (GMVC)
401 Penn Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503