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BYLAWS

 

BYLAWS

OF

LOCAL UNION 1555

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD

OF

ELECTRICAL WORKERS

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA

 

Approved: August 23, 2012


 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

 l. Opening.

 

 2. Roll Call of Officers and Reading of Minutes.

 

 3. Communications and Bills.

 

 4. Reports of Executive Board and Officers.

 

 5. Propositions for Membership.

 

 6. Reports on Candidates.

 

 7. Balloting or Voting on Candidates.

 

 8. Obligations of Candidates.

 

 9. Reports of Delegates and Committees.

 

10. Reports of Accidents, Sickness or Death of Members.

 

11. Roll Call of Members.

 

12. Unfinished Business.

 

13. New Business. (Under this heading comes matters relating to any election and installation of officers.)

 

14. Good of the Union.

 

15. Receipts and Expenses.

 

16. Closing.

 

 

NOTE: This sheet ORDER OF BUSINESS is not a part of the Local Union bylaws. It is attached to the bylaws to provide rules for the orderly conduct of Local Union meetings. Roll Call of Members is optional to the Local Union and may or may not be used as the Local Union decides.

 


ARTICLE I

Name ‑ Jurisdiction ‑ Objects

 

Sec. 1. This Organization shall be known as Local Union 1555 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. It shall have jurisdiction over Inside work ad defined in Article XXVI, Section 5 of the IBEW Constitution when performed in the Counties of Albert, Westmoreland, and Kent.

 

However, the right of the International President to change this jurisdiction is recognized as provided for in the IBEW Constitution.

 

Sec. 2. The objects of this Local Union shall be to promote by all proper means the material and intellectual welfare of its members.

 

Sec. 3. Local Union 1555 shall cover the "A" and "BA" types of membership.

 

 

 

ARTICLE II

Meetings

 

Sec. 1. Regular meetings shall be held once a month at the time and date as decided by the Local Union. The International Office shall be advised of the time, date, and location of regular Local Union meetings and also of any future changes. The membership shall be notified of any change in regular meeting dates.

 

Sec. 2. Special meetings may be called only by the Business Manager or the Executive Board. The members shall be notified in writing (by mail, email, leaflets, in the Union newspaper, or on accessible bulletin boards) of any special meeting. No business shall be transacted at any special meeting except that for which it has been called.

 

 

ARTICLE III

Officers ‑ Elections ‑ Duties

 

Sec. l.  The officers shall perform such duties as are stated in Article XVII of the IBEW Constitution. In addition, they shall perform such duties as are outlined in these bylaws and such duties as may be assigned to them by the Local Union and which are not in conflict with the IBEW Constitution and these bylaws.

 

Sec. 2. Failure of officers to perform their duties, the suspension or removal of any officer and the filling of any vacancies, shall be dealt with as stated in Article XVI of the IBEW Constitution.

 

Sec. 3. All officers and representatives and all employees shall be bonded to the extent required by the International or any applicable Federal or Provincial law whichever is greater. The bond shall be secured through the International and the premium shall be paid by the Local Union.

 

Sec. 4. (a) At the meeting of the Local Union when nominations are made, after nominations have closed, the President shall appoint an Election Judge and as many Tellers as are required, who shall serve as an Election Board to conduct the election. No candidate for any office shall be eligible to serve on this Board.

 

(b) After nominations have been made and those nominated are found to be qualified, the Election Board shall have ballots prepared listing in alphabetical order the names of all candidates for each respective office, beginning with President and continuing in the order named in the IBEW Constitution. Such ballots shall not contain any identifying numbers or marks.

 

(c) Members in good standing and qualified to vote who expect to be unable to visit the polls on election day, may at any time within thirty (30) days but not less than five (5) days prior to the date of election, make application in writing to the Election Judge for an absentee ballot. Any such qualified applicant shall be furnished an official ballot and two (2) envelopes. One envelope shall be smaller than the other and shall be marked only with the words OFFICIAL BALLOT. The larger envelope shall be preaddressed to the Election Board and shall contain a space in the upper left hand corner where the member shall place his/her name and address.

 

(d) Upon a member receiving an absentee ballot, he/she shall mark same and enclose it in the smaller envelope marked OFFICIAL BALLOT. This envelope shall then be placed in the larger envelope and mailed to the Election Board in time to be received before the polls are closed on election day. The Election Board shall open the envelopes, remove the smaller envelope marked OFFICIAL BALLOT and deposit same in the ballot box with the other ballots. No envelopes received later than the time and date as determined and announced by the Executive Board shall be opened by the Election Board.

 

(e) No member receiving an absentee ballot shall be permitted to vote in person at the election, unless he/she has first returned the absentee ballot unmarked to the Election Judge.

 

(f) The Financial Secretary shall furnish to the Election Judge not less than ten (l0) days before the election, an alphabetical list of all members eligible to vote. All members in good standing and qualified shall be entitled to vote.

 

(g) The Election Board shall select a depository to which the envelopes containing the absentee ballots shall be mailed. This shall not be the Local Union Post Office Box or the Local Union Headquarters. (Cost of such depository shall be paid by the Local Union.) This Board shall advise the Local Union of the location of such depository in sufficient time to prepare the preaddressed envelopes.

 

(h) When the polls have closed and voting has ceased, the Election Board shall immediately count and tabulate the ballots. Any candidate may be present or have an IBEW member as an observer present during the voting and at the counting of the ballots. A report of the election results shall be made immediately by the Election Board. All ballots, applications for absentee ballots, and other papers shall be preserved for one (l) year from the date of the election, after which same shall be destroyed unless a question has arisen in connection therewith.

 

(i) Voting shall be by secret ballot.

 

(j) Write‑in votes shall not be permitted.

 

(k) The election shall be decided for the candidate receiving the most votes for a specific office.

 

Sec. 5. (a) The officers shall be those provided for in Article XVI of the IBEW Constitution.

 

(b) The offices of Business Manager and Financial Secretary shall be combined.

 

Sec. 6. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and three (3) elected members.

 

Sec. 7. The Executive Board shall serve as the Examining Board.  However, there must be separate meetings held and separate records kept.

 

Sec. 8. (a) Nominations for officers shall be held in May 2014, and election of officers shall be held in June 2014 and every three (3) years thereafter, as stated in Article XVI of the IBEW Constitution. Notice shall be mailed to all members at least twenty (20) days prior to the meeting for nominations in election years with all information regarding nominations, list of offices to be filled, date, time, and place of election, and the date, time, and place of run‑off election if required. Said notice shall also include all details concerning the availability of the absentee ballot.

 

(b) No member shall be a candidate for more than one (1) office, except as provided in these bylaws and with approval of the International President. If nominated for more than one office, the member shall immediately declare for which office he/she will be a candidate. However, this shall not apply to offices which have been combined with the approval of the International President.

 

(c) Every candidate shall have the right once within thirty (30) days prior to the election to inspect a list containing the names and last‑known addresses of all the members of the Local Union. Such list of members shall be maintained and kept by the Local Union. The membership list shall not be copied for the use of any candidate.

 

(d) No member shall be eligible for office unless he/she has been a member of Local Union 1555 in continuous good standing for at least two (2) years immediately prior to nomination.

 

(e) No Apprentice shall be eligible to hold office in the Local Union, except that a member who was previously eligible to hold office in the Local Union shall remain eligible if he/she entered an apprenticeship program for the purpose of upgrading his/her classification.

 

 

 

ARTICLE IV

Executive Board

 

Sec. 1. The duties of this Board are outlined in Article XVII of the IBEW Constitution and these bylaws.

 

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the Board to investigate all applications for membership and submit its report to the Local Union for action in accordance with Article XX of the IBEW Constitution. The preceding sentence shall not apply to apprentices as covered elsewhere in these bylaws. The Board shall also investigate and pass upon all traveling cards in full accordance with Article XXIII of the IBEW Constitution. The Board shall make its final report to the Local Union within sixty (60) days after the application or traveling card has been presented for Board consideration.

 

Sec. 3. Special meetings of the Board may be called by its Chairman or the Business Manager.

 

Sec. 4. The Recording Secretary shall be the Executive Board Secretary.

 

Sec. 5. The Board shall meet regularly between regular meetings of the Local Union.

 

 

 

ARTICLE V

Examining Board

 

Sec. 1. The duties of the Examining Board shall be to examine all applicants for membership to determine their qualifications for the trade. They shall examine such qualifications of members as provided in Article XIX of the IBEW Constitution. This section shall not apply to apprentices as covered elsewhere in these bylaws.

 

Sec. 2. The Board shall meet at least once quarterly for the examination of applicants when there are applicants to be examined. The Board shall retain all records of examinations given for at least two (2) years.

 

Sec. 3. A report on the results of all examinations shall be furnished to the Executive Board and the Local Union by the Examiners.

 

 

ARTICLE VI

Business Manager

 

Sec. 1. The Business Manager shall perform such duties as are stated in Article XVII of the IBEW Constitution and these bylaws. Also, the Business Manager shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Local Union and which are not in conflict with the IBEW Constitution and these bylaws.

 

Sec. 2. The Business Manager may remove any member from any shop or job (when not in violation of any agreement) for not complying with our laws and rules or when he/she decides the best interest of the Local Union requires such removal. Any such removed member shall be entitled to a review of his/her removal before the Executive Board of the Local Union.

 

Sec. 3. The Business Manager shall report to the Executive Board and the Local Union when called upon, or when he/she deems such necessary. The Executive Board and Local Union officers shall cooperate with the Business Manager in the performance of the duties of the office and shall not work in conflict with the Business Manager.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE VII

Salaries

 

Sec. 1. Salaries shall be as follows:

 

President                                               $1.00 per year

Recording Secretary                                 1.00 per year

Treasurer                                               1.00 per year

 

Business Manager‑

Financial Secretary

a weekly salary equal to 40 times the Journeyman “A” Rate in the current Local Union 1555 Construction Collective Agreement.

 

 

Assistant Business Manager*                       

when assisting the full-time Business Manager of Local Union 1555, the Assistant Business Manager shall receive wage loss up to a maximum weekly salary of 40 times the “B” Rate in the current Local Union 1555 Construction Collective Agreement.

 

*When replacing the full-time Business Manager of Local Union 1555, the Assistant Business Manager shall receive wages equal to the full-time Business Manager’s salary as outlined in this section. 

 

Sec. 2. Should any two (2) offices be combined, then the officer shall receive the salary of only one (1) office, whichever is the higher.

 

Sec. 3. All disbursements for authorized expenditures made on behalf of the Local Union shall be supported by receipts, vouchers, or other reasonable proof of claim.

 

Sec. 4. The Business Manager and the Assistant Business Manager shall also receive the benefits available to construction members of the Local Union in accordance with the current approved Construction Collective Agreement.

 

Sec. 5. (a) If the Business Manager supplies a vehicle for Local Union Business, a vehicle allowance of $500.00 per month will be paid to the Business Manager.  The $500.00 vehicle allowance is in lieu of vehicle payments, maintenance, insurance, and registration costs.  This allowance will increase April 1, 2012 and every April 1st thereafter.  The increase shall be determined by the Consumer Price Index for the Province of New Brunswick with information from Statistics Canada.

 

 

(b) In lieu of vehicle allowance, the Local Union may supply and maintain a vehicle for the use of the Business Manager.

 

Sec. 6. Where the Business Manager is required to be away from Moncton in the conduct of union business, meals and lodging shall be paid for by the Local Union.

 

Sec. 7. The Business Manager shall receive up to three (3) weeks of paid holidays per year plus Statutory Holidays.  All Holiday time is non-cumulative from year to year.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII

Committees and Delegates

 

Sec. 1. Committees and delegates shall be appointed in accordance with Article XVII of the IBEW Constitution.

 

Sec. 2. The delegates and alternates to the International Convention shall be nominated and elected in accordance with the nomination and secret ballot election procedure as set forth in these bylaws and Article II, Section 10 of the IBEW Constitution.

 

Sec. 3. The Business Manager shall, by virtue of the office, serve as delegate to the International Convention.  The President shall, by virtue of the office, serve as the alternate delegate to the International Convention.  No candidate for office of Business Manager or President may be nominated for a Delegate at Large or Alternate Seat at the Convention in addition to being nominated for the office of Business Manager or President.

 

 

 

ARTICLE IX

Stewards

 

Sec. 1. Stewards shall be appointed where needed by the Business Manager. They shall work under the direction of the Business Manager and be subject to his/her authority. The Business Manager may remove any Steward, as such, at any time.

 

Sec. 2. Duties of Stewards shall be:

 

(a) To have a copy of the IBEW Constitution, these bylaws and the working agreement with them at all times.

 

(b) To see that Union membership is encouraged and all workers at their respective shop or jobs have paid‑up dues receipts or valid working cards of the Local Union.

 

(c) To report any encroachment upon the jurisdiction of the Local Union.

 

(d) To report to the Business Manager any violation of the bylaws or agreements.

 

(e) To perform such other duties as may be assigned to them by the Business Manager.

 

Sec. 3. Stewards shall in no case cause a stoppage of work. In case of any trouble on a job or at a shop, Stewards shall immediately notify the Business Manager.

 

 

 

ARTICLE X

Assessments ‑ Admission Fees ‑ Dues

 

Sec. 1. All assessments imposed in accordance with the IBEW Constitution and these bylaws must be paid within the time required to protect the member's continuous good standing and benefits. The assessments must be paid prior to the acceptance of basic dues.

 

Members of other IBEW Local Unions employed in the jurisdiction of this Local Union shall pay applicable working dues as provided in these bylaws.

 

Members shall not be required to pay assessments for welfare benefits in which they cannot participate.

 

Sec. 2. No money shall be collected from anyone working within the jurisdiction of this Local Union other than to apply on admission fees, dues and assessments established in accordance with the IBEW Constitution and these bylaws.

 

Sec. 3. The admission fee shall be:

 

(a) "A" and "BA" Membership

 

All classifications                                $0.00

 

(b) Each applicant for "A" membership shall pay an additional $2.00.

 

(c) Approval of these admission fees is given by the International President with the understanding that if conditions in the jurisdiction of the Local Union do not justify such fees, then the International President will be free to change the amounts.

 

Sec. 4. All applications must be accompanied by ten percent (10%) or more of the admission fee. Full payment (satisfactory arrangements may be made with the Executive Board) and admission must be completed within ninety (90) days of making application, in accordance with Article XX of the IBEW Constitution.

 

Sec. 5. The monthly dues shall be:

 

(A) "A" and "BA"                           Member Basic Dues                      Working Dues

Construction Workers:

All classifications                    $14.00 plus                              55¢ per hour

                                                                                                worked

Maintenance Workers               13.00 plus                              10¢ per hour

                                                                                                worked

All other classifications               2.50                                             None

 

(b) Applicable International payments and all assessments to be paid in addition to the above dues.

 

(c) Unemployed members and members working outside the jurisdiction of Local 1555 shall pay working dues of $40.00 per month in addition to basic dues.

 

(d) All members of the IBEW shall pay working dues as provided for above when working in the jurisdiction of Local 1555.

 

(e) Basic dues and International payments are payable monthly (or quarterly) in advance.

 

(f) All members working on Building and Construction Trades jobs as employees of Contractors shall maintain type "A" membership.

 

 

ARTICLE XI

Funds

 

Sec. 1. The funds of this Local Union are for the legitimate expenses required in its conduct and maintenance and shall not be diverted therefrom. Disbursements shall be made in accordance with Article XVIII of the IBEW Constitution and these bylaws.

 

Sec. 2. No money shall be loaned from the funds of this Local Union for any purpose, unless approved by the International President of the IBEW.

 

Sec. 3. The President shall appoint an auditing committee of three (3) members (or the President or the Executive Board, as the Local Union decides, shall employ a public accountant) to audit the books and accounts of the Local Union every three (3) months. A report of the audit must be made to the membership. The President shall inspect the bank books of the Treasurer to see that Local Union moneys turned over to the Treasurer have been properly and promptly deposited in the Local Union's name. The fiscal year shall be the twelve‑month period ending February 28.

 

ARTICLE XII

Admission of Members

 

Sec. 1. Qualification and admission of members shall be in accordance with Articles XIX and XX of the IBEW Constitution.

 

Sec. 2. Apprentices may be accepted into membership at any time; however, after having worked one year under the supervision or jurisdiction of this Local Union, they shall be admitted to membership in accordance with Article XVI of the IBEW Constitution.

 

Sec. 3. Instruction of apprentices shall be under the full supervision of the Apprentice Committee, and apprentices shall attend such trade schools as directed by the Committee.

 

 

 

ARTICLE XIII

General Laws

 

Sec. 1. The Executive Board shall act as the Trial Board to hear charges and try members (except officers or representatives of a Local Union, Railroad Council, or System Council) for violation of the IBEW Constitution, these bylaws, or an approved working agreement. All charges against a member must be in writing and signed, specifying the provision(s) of the Constitution, bylaws, or working agreement allegedly violated. A brief factual written statement of the act(s) considered to be in violation, including relevant dates, places and names, should be given by the charging party. A copy of the charges must be furnished to the accused by the Recording Secretary with notice of when to appear before the Trial Board.

 

Sec. 2. A charged member may, upon request, have an IBEW member in good standing as Counsel. However, no lawyer, as such may serve as Counsel in a hearing of the Trial Board. No person not a member of the IBEW may be present at such hearing, except as a witness.

 

If the accused willfully fails to stand trial or attempts to evade trial after having been notified in writing to appear, the Trial Board shall hear and determine the case just as though the accused were present. When a member files charges against another member and fails to appear before the Trial Board to prosecute the case, unless reasonable excuse is given, he/she shall be subject to discipline by the Trial Board.

 

Sec. 3. A majority vote of the Trial Board shall be sufficient for a decision, which is to be in writing. The Trial Board report of its findings and sentence, if any, shall be reported to the next regular meeting of the Local Union. The action of the Trial Board shall be considered the action of the Local Union, and the report of the Board shall conclude the case.

 

Sec. 4. All financial obligations (including but not limited to fines, assessments and unpaid dues and fees) owed by a member under the IBEW Constitution or the bylaws of this Local Union shall constitute debts owed by the member to the IBEW or the Local Union, and may be recovered through court action brought by the IBEW or the Local Union. If it is necessary for the Local to institute legal proceedings in order to recover any such debt, the individual member shall also be liable for all costs of said proceedings, together with a reasonable attorney's fee incurred by the Local, the amount thereof to be fixed by the Court.

 

Sec. 5. Each member shall keep the Financial Secretary informed of their correct address. The Financial Secretary shall, in turn, notify the International Secretary.

 

Sec. 6. The parliamentary rules of this Local Union shall be those stated in Article XV of the IBEW Constitution.

 

Sec. 7. The IBEW Constitution is hereby made a part of these bylaws. Where there is doubt concerning any section of these bylaws or where such might appear to be in conflict with the IBEW Constitution, then the IBEW Constitution shall control and must be followed.

 

Sec. 8. Words in these bylaws in the masculine gender shall include the feminine.

 

Sec. 9. Members shall be supplied with copies of the IBEW Constitution, these bylaws, and the working agreement upon request to the Local Union.

 

Sec. 10. The Local Union may spend a sum, as determined by the Executive Board, for a suitable tribute upon the death of a member or the spouse of a member. A committee may also be appointed to extend the sympathy of the Local Union to the family of any deceased member.

 

Sec. 11. Members shall show their working cards or receipts upon request.

 

Sec. 12. Any member indebted to his Local Union for six months full dues shall be dropped from membership by the Financial Secretary and cannot become a member in good standing again in the IBEW except by joining as a new member.

 

Sec. 13. Any member not desiring to maintain his standing, who retires from the trade or is unemployed, may be issued an honorary withdrawal card provided dues are paid for the previous month or the current month if the application is made after the 15th of such month.

 

Sec. 14. The handling of jobs for unemployed members shall be under the full supervision and direction of the Business Manager. The Business Manager shall devise such means as are considered practical and fair in the distribution of available jobs to qualified members. Members shall not violate such established rules or plans.

 

 

ARTICLE XIV

Amendments

 

Sec. 1. These bylaws shall become effective upon approval by the International President.

 

Sec. 2. (a) These bylaws may be amended or changed by any such proposal being submitted in writing and read at two (2) regular meetings of the Local Union, and decided at the second meeting by a majority vote of the members present and voting.

 

(b) However, assessments, admission fees or dues shall be changed only by a majority vote by secret ballot of the members in good standing voting at a regular or special membership meeting.

 

Changes shall be introduced at one Local Union meeting and acted upon at a second Local Union meeting. The proposal cannot be acted on at the time it was proposed. A written notice specifically stating the proposed assessments or changes in admission fees or dues shall be mailed to each member in good standing at the member's last‑known home address at least twenty (20) days prior to the Local Union meeting at which the membership is to vote on the question.

 

Sec. 3. No assessments, amendments or changes shall become effective until approved by the International President, in accordance with the IBEW Constitution.

 


LOCAL UNION 1555

RECORD OF AMENDMENTS

 

District: First                                                   Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

 

Bylaws Retyped in Entirety: September 26, 1991

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3/1/96              Updated Constitutional Articles.

8/23/12            Art. II, Sec. 2; Art. III, Sec. 6, and 7 amended.  Art. III, Sec. 8(e) added. 

 

Art. IV, Sec. 4; Art. VII, Sec. 1 and 4 amended.  Art. VII, Sec. 5, 6 and 7 added.  Art. VIII, Sec. 3 added.  Art. X, Sec. 3(a), 5(a) and 5(c) amended.  Art. X, Sec. 5(g) removed.  Updated Constitutional Articles.