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By-Laws of the Lake Superior Newspaper Guild Local No. 37008/TNG 8
of The Newspaper Guild Sector of the Communications Workers of America
Article I -
1. This body shall be known as the Lake Superior Newspaper Guild.
It shall be governed by the Constitution of The Newspaper Guild (AFL-CIO,
CLC) its policies adopted in International Convention and these by-laws,
which are supplementary thereto. The Newspaper Guild having merged
with the Communications Workers of America, the Lake Superior Newspaper
Guild shall be known as CWA Local 37008/TNG 8, effective June 20,1997.
2. The membership meeting of the local shall be the supreme authority
of the local.
3. Between general meetings of the local, its governing body shall
be the Executive Board, which shall administer affairs, but shall
make no decisions permanently establishing general policies of the
4. No member not in good standing or under suspension shall have voice,
vote or the right of petition in the affairs of the Guild, but any
such shall remain under all obligations of membership.
- Membership Meetings
1. Regular meetings of the membership shall be held at least four
times a year, the specific time and place to be set by the Executive
Board. The annual meeting shall be held in December.
2. The secretary shall give not less than two days notice by mail
or bulletin board to the membership in advance of every meeting.
3. No motion to reverse or review previous discussions of the membership
or Executive Board shall be acted upon unless it shall have been contained
in the meeting notice. The secretary shall include in the meeting
notice any motion from five or more members in good standing of an
intention to move for such a review and reversal.
4. A special membership meeting shall be called by the secretary on
instruction of the Executive Board or on a written petition signed
by not fewer than 20 percent of the members in good standing at the
time those members file a petition. Any group petitioning for a special
meeting shall specify the purpose or purposes for which the meeting
is to be called.
5. A quorum at any meeting shall be the presence of at least five
members in good standing.
1. Officers of this local shall be a president, a vice president,
a secretary and a treasurer.
2. The president shall preside at all meetings, appoint all standing
committees subject to approval by the Executive Board, and supervise
other officers in the exercise of their respective duties. He or she
shall sign all membership cards.
3. The vice president shall perform the president's duties in the
absence of that officer.
4. The secretary shall be the custodian of the local's records other
than financial, shall conduct routine correspondence of the local
other than financial and such other correspondence as may be directed
by the Executive Board and the local, and shall keep accurate minutes
of membership meetings and Executive Board meetings.
5. The treasurer shall be the custodian of all money of the local
under the direction of the Executive Board, except that no authorization
shall be required for routine office expenses and routine transmissions
of International money to The Newspaper Guild. He or she shall report
on the local's finances at all regular meetings of the local and whenever
called upon by the Executive Board or the local, and shall present
his or her accounts for audit at any time the Executive Board or the
local desires. The treasurer shall keep complete and accurate records
of the membership, their addresses and dues standings. He or she shall
be responsible for the application in the local of the financial provisions
of The Newspaper Guild Constitution and these by-laws, acting through
unit treasurers in the case of members of units, and shall issue to
unit treasurers membership cards, as well as dues and assessment stamps
and other routine supplies required for their work. He or she shall
be bonded for a sum to be set annually by the Executive Board.
6. The Executive Board shall have general direction of all officers.
7. The president, vice president, secretary and treasurer's local
monthly dues shall be paid by the local in exchange for the faithful
performance of duties as determined at the discretion of the Executive
Board. All other officers and Executive Board members shall serve
without pay, except that they shall be reimbursed for travel and other
expenses while on Guild business.
- Executive Board
1. The Executive Board shall consist of the elected local officers
and one elected representative from each department or departments
Advertising and Marketing, Maintenance, Editorial, Business and Data
Pocessing, Circulation. The board also shall include three representatives
elected at large and the immediate past president.
2. The Executive Board shall meet at least once a month.
3. A quorum at any meeting of the Executive Board shall consist of
not fewer than four members in good standing.
4. In general, the Executive Board shall be the governing body of
the local. It shall have general direction of all standing committees
and it shall supervise the handling of all the local money except
for payments of strictly routine nature. Checks shall be valid only
when signed by the treasurer and one other officer.
Article V -
1. The Executive Board shall have the authority to establish standing
committees to assist in and facilitate the function and promotion
of the local.
2. All standing committees shall be chaired by a member of the Executive
Board and, whenever practical, shall include membership from each
department or unit of the local.
1. The local's officers shall be elected at the annual meeting by
secret ballot and shall assume office immediately upon the conclusion
of said meeting.
2. Nomination of officers shall be made by a nominating committee,
apointed by the president and chaired by the past president, at a
membership meeting held not fewer than 30 days prior to the annual
meeting. The notice for this meeting shall state that nominations
of officers wll be made at that time. Not fewer than 15 days before
the election, the secretary shall mail to the home of each member
a list of qualified candidates, together with a notice of the time
and place of election.
3. In the event that at the time of the annual election there is only
one candidate for any post, his or her name can be left off the ballot
and he or she can be declared elected without vote. In the event there
are more than two candidates, a majority of those voting shall be
required to elect one of them.
4. Delegates and alternates to the International Convention of The
Newspaper Guild shall be nominated from the floor and elected by secret
ballot at regular membership meetings, which shall also determine
the number to be elected. Delegates shall have their necessary expenses
to the convention paid by the local.
5. Vacancies in the post of local officers shall be filled by the
Executive Board, but members so designated shall hold office only
until the next membership meeting for which proper notice can be given.
6. Delegates to bodies with which the Guild is affiliated shall be
appointed by the president.
1. This article and all other references to shop units or unit officers
shall be inoperative until there shall be more than one unit affiliated
with the Lake Superior Newspaper Guild.
2. Each unit shall receive nominations for, and elect annually by
secret ballot, at a meeting in the month following the annual membership
meeting of the local, a unit president, vice president, treasurer
and unit delegate to the local Executive Board.
Unit delegates shall be certified to the Executive Board by the unit
treasurer. Notice of the meeting for the nomination and election of
unit officers and delegates shall be mailed to each membr of the unit
at his or her house no fewer than 15 days before the meeting. The
notice shall state that nominations will be received and election
held for the unit officers and unit delegates to the local Executive
Board up for election and shall specify the time and place of the
3. The unit treausrer under the direction of the local treasurer shall
have charge of the execution of the fiscal provisions of the Constitution
of The Newspaper Guild and these by-laws as they apply to unit members.
4. Vacancies in the posts of unit officers or delegates to the Executive
Board of the local shall be filled by nomination and a unit election
by secret ballot at the next meeting for which proper notice can be
5. Unit election disputes shall be decided by the local's Executive
6. Each unit shall file promptly after each unit meeting a copy of
the minutes with the local's secretary.
- Membership and Dues
1. An applicant for membership shall submit his or her application
to the Executive Board of the local with the initiation fee and one
2. Good standing requirements as put forth in the Constitution of
The Newspaper Guild shall be in effect.
3. Dues shall be paid monthly and graduated in accordance with the
wages of members as posted on Guild bulletin boards.
4. The initiation fee shall be $5 for full-time employees who choose
to join the Guild.
5. Local dues shall be placed in an operating fund, except that the
amount directed by The Newspaper Guild Constitution shall be paid
into a local defense fund.
- Collective Bargaining Agreement
1. Negotiators in collective bargaining on behalf of the local or
any of its units shall be selected by the president subject to approval
by the Executive Board. The negotiations shall be open to members
of the local.
2. Any agreement arrived at in negotiations shall be submitted to
the membership for approval. Before signing, it shall require ratification
also by the local's Executive Board.
3. During any period when collective bargaining is pending, no member
may discuss collective conditions of employment or matters pertaiing
to collective bargaining with the employer or representatives of the
Article X -Discipline
Discipline shall be governed by the terms of The Newspaper Guild Constitution.
- Use of the Guild name
Use of the Guild name for any commercial purpose without specific
authorization by the Executive Board is prohibited.
1. Any matter to be decided by the local may be submitted to a referendum
of the membership by either the local or the Executive Board and shall
be submitted to such a referendum upon a petition signed by not less
than 20 percent of members in good standing.
2. The referendum may take the form of a vote by mail or a vote in
person at designated polling places or a combination of both. No ballot
shall be mailed to a member not in good standing, and all members
shall be given 15 days notice in advance of any referendum by mail
or by bulletin board notice.
3. Issues decided or changes in these by-laws effected by referendum
vote shall not be revoked except by referendum vote.
- Official Publication
1. The official publication o f the local shall be "The Inner
View," which shall be published at least four times annually
under the general direction of the Executive Board. The secretary
of the local shall serve as editor, and may select other members to
assist in its preparation and publication. "The Inner View "
shall be distributed to members free of charge.
2. Whenever notice to the membership is required by these by-laws,
publication on page 1 of "The Inner View" shall constitute
These by-laws may be amended by any membership meeting upon submission
of the proposed amendment by the Executive Board of its own motion
or by petition signed by not fewer than 20 percent of the members
in good standing. Such proposed amendments shall be mailed to the
membership not fewer than 15 days before the meeting with notice of
the meeting time and place.
These by-laws shall be interpreted by the Executive Board subject
to appeal to the membership at a membership meeting, the International
Executive Board and the next International Convention of The Newspaper
Guild. Questions of procedure not covered by The Newspaper Guild Constitution,
convention decisions or these by-laws shall be governed by the latest
edition of Robert's Rules of Order.