CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS
American Postal Workers Union - AFL-CIO
Fayetteville, Arkansas Local 667
As amended March 14, 2004

CONSTITUTION
Article 1
NAME
This organization, by virtue of a charter granted by the American Federation of Postal Clerks, and under a merger agreement entered into on December 3, 1971, between Fayetteville, Arkansas Local #667, United Federation of Postal Clerks, and the Fayetteville Postal Workers, National Postal Union, shall be known as the Fayetteville, Arkansas Local, American Postal Workers Union, AFL- CIO.

Article 2
OBJECTIVE
The objective of this Local shall be to unite the postal workers of the Fayetteville Post Office for their economic and social welfare and to aid in bringing the United States Postal Service up to a high standard of efficiency.

Article 3
OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of this Local shall be a President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, and Editor-Publisher.
Section 2. Any member in good standing of the Fayetteville, Arkansas Local shall be eligible for election of office. No person shall be nominated for or shall hold more than one elected or appointed reimbursed position. The term of office shall be one year.
Section 3. In the event of an officer resigning, there shall be a new election for the vacant position. Nominations shall be made at the next business meeting, and ballots counted at the following business meeting.

Article 4
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1.
PRESIDENT
A. Duties of this Office:
1. Preside at all meetings and sign all contracts and documents authorized by official action of the Local.
2. Serve as Chief Delegate to all national, state and regional conventions, meetings and seminars to which the Local decides to send delegates.
3. Serve as Chief Steward; prepare and present grievances and train stewards and alternate stewards.
4. Appoint stewards, alternate stewards, and committees and work with the Vice president to ensure that they are properly trained in their duties.
5. Perform all other duties as may be necessary for the well being of the Union.
6. The President shall be the Chairman of the Executive Board.
B. Necessary expenses for the good of the union up to $100 per transaction and $200 per month incurred in the performance of these duties shall be reimbursed when an expense report with receipts attached is completed and submitted to the Financial Secretary. Expenditures in excess of $200.00 per month must be approved in advance by the Executive Board or by a majority vote of the Local in a business meeting.
C. The person holding this office shall turn over to their successor all properties of the Union in their possession at the close of their term of office.
D. The President shall have a salary of $250.00 per month.

Section 2.
VICE-PRESIDENT
A. Duties of this Office:
1. In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall be vested with the same authority and power as the President and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by official action of the Local.
2. Serve as Alternate Chief Delegate to all national, state and regional conventions, meetings and seminars to which the Local decides to send delegates.
3. Serve as the chief administrative officer of this Local and manage the office filing system for job postings, grievances, and other reports.
4. Assist the President in preparations for labor management meetings and contract negotiations.
5. Serve as Senior Steward and assist in the training of stewards and the preparation and presentation of grievances.
6. Represent the members in the Associate Offices and serve as liaison between them and the Local .
7. Serve as advisor to the President in all matters pertaining to interpretations and enforcement of the Contract.
8. Serve on the Executive Board.
B. The person holding this office shall turn over to their successor all properties of the Union in their possession at the close of their term of office.
C. The Vice President shall have a salary of $150.00 per month.

Section 3.
RECORDING SECRETARY
A. Duties of this Office:
1. Keep and maintain a correct record of the official proceedings (minutes) of all meetings of the Local.
2. Withdraw all mail from the Localís post office box and distribute to proper department or individual.
3. Read all communications in meetings and attend to Localís correspondence.
4. Be the custodian of all official documents, records and other property of the Local.
5. Maintain the bulletin boards in an orderly fashion.
6. Assist the Vice President in managing the office and filing.
7. Serve on the Executive Board.
B. The person holding this office shall turn over to their successor all properties of the Union in their possession at the close of their term of office.
C. The Recording Secretary shall have a salary of $75.00 per month.

Section 4.
FINANCIAL SECRETARY
A. Duties of this office:
1. Receive and disburse all monies authorized by official action of the Local.
2. Keep a correct account of all receipts and disbursements.
3. Report the financial status of the Local at each business meeting of the Local. Such report shall be in writing and attached to the minutes of the meeting. The report shall include all income and disbursements and categorize them by department, office and/or project.
4. Submit all books and records annually and when leaving office for examination and auditing.
5. Take whatever actions necessary to bring and keep the Local within the legal constraints of the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, and the National APWU.
6. Serve on the Executive Board.
B. Necessary expenses up to $100 per month incurred in the performance of these duties (i.e. office supplies, postage, greeting cards, telephone calls, photocopies, etc.) shall be reimbursed when an expense report with receipts attached is completed and submitted to the President. Expenditures in excess of $100.00 per month must be approved in advance by the Executive Board or by a majority vote of the Local in a business meeting.
C. The person holding this office shall turn over to their successor all properties of the Union in their possession at the close of their term of office.
D. The Financial Secretary shall have a salary of $75.00 per month.

Section 5.
EDITOR - PUBLISHER
A. Duties of this Office:
1. Publish and edit the Localís monthly newsletter.
2. Keep and maintain a current and accurate mailing list of the membership.
3. Assist the Election Committee with publishing and mailing election ballots.
4. Maintain and service the Localís website on the Internet.
5. Serve on the Executive Board.
B. Necessary expenses up to $200 per month incurred in the performance of these duties (i.e. photocopies, printing, postage, office supplies, etc.) shall be reimbursed when an expense report with receipts attached is completed and submitted to the Financial Secretary.
C. The person holding this office shall turn over to their successor all properties of the Union in their possession at the close of their term of office.
D. The Editor - Publisher shall have a salary of $75.00 per month

Section 6.
EXECUTIVE BOARD
A. The Executive Board shall be composed of the President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, and Editor-Publisher.
B. Duties of this Office:
1. Meet whenever any unforeseen circumstance takes place which affects the good of the Union and determine the course of action to be taken.
2. Expenditures referred to the Executive Board by the President will require a determination by that Board that timeliness is a factor, and if so, a simple majority vote will authorize the dispensing of funds. Such referral for funds by the President will be accompanied by a detailed report of the costs involved and why it cannot wait until the next business meeting of the Local.
3. Shall serve as the Editorial Policy Board for the Localís publications, both print and on the internet.
4. All members must be notified and a quorum of four must exist to conduct any business at an Executive Board meeting.
5. Meetings should be in person except in an emergency.
6. Minutes shall be taken at meetings and reported at the next business meeting.

Article 5
APPOINTMENTS
Section 1.
(a) Shop Stewards shall be appointed by the President from a list of interested candidates, submitted by members of each Tour or Section. Alternate Stewards shall be appointed in the same manner. Salary for Steward's office shall be $50.00 per month.
(b) Safety Representative The salary for this office shall be $50.00 per month.

Section 2.
DUTIES
(a) Shop Stewards: Each appointed Steward and Alternate shall become knowledgeable in the provisions of the National Agreement and the Local Memorandum of Understanding. When processing grievances, Stewards will conduct investigations, obtain documentation, prepare grievance forms, and have appropriate articles in their possession prior to and during discussions with immediate supervisor at Step I.
(b) Each Steward shall maintain a file containing names, addresses, telephone numbers, and duty stations of all employees normally serving in his or her Tour or Section.
(c) Upon becoming aware of the need for flowers or cards, the Steward on either Tour will notify the Financial Secretary who will place the order for flowers or initiate sending a card.
(d) Flowers will be sent to Union members or spouses who are hospitalized or in the event of death. Flowers will be sent to a Union member when a parent dies. Children will receive flowers only in the event of death. Extended family members will receive a card only in the event of death.
(e) Safety Representative: The Safety Representative shall promote a safe and healthful work environment. He or she shall represent the bargaining unit to the Station Safety Committee and will be concerned with all situations where health and safety concerns are raised.

Section 3.
CONVENTIONS
Each Steward and Alternate Steward should attend at least one convention per year.

Article 6
STANDING COMMITTEES
Section 1. Following the installation of new officers, the President shall appoint members to the following standing committees:
1. Safety and Health -- 1 member
2. Schemes -- 1 member
3. Legislation -- 1 member

Article 7
MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Any non-supervisory employee, regardless of level or grade, within the jurisdictional claim of the APWU, is eligible for membership. Employees not represented by organizations within their own crafts shall have full membership rights.
Section 2. Members accepting promotion to supervisory positions or transfer to crafts outside the jurisdictional claim of the APWU may maintain their membership in the APWU Hospitalization Plan by paying full per capita tax of the APWU and full assessed dues of the Local, but may not attend or participate in business meetings or other activities of the Local except when formally invited by its officers.
Section 3. Each member shall strive to promote the best interests of the Local at all times and shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by official action of the Local.
Section 4. Local 667 retired members who desire to retain membership and remain a member in good standing in Fayetteville Local 667 shall pay Five ($5.00) per year annual dues. Such dues are payable in December for the next calendar year. Members retiring during the interim will be deemed retired members until dues are payable for the following calendar year.

Article 8
MEETINGS
Section 1. Date and place of all regular meetings shall be posted on the APWU bulletin board.
Emergency meetings shall be advertised in such a way that at least 75% of the membership is notified.
Five members shall constitute a quorum.

Article 9
DISBURSEMENTS
Section 1. While serving in an official capacity of delegate to any national, state or regional convention, meeting or seminar, a member shall be reimbursed at the rate of the delegate's base wage and 25Ę per mile or the cost of an airline ticket to and from distant convention cities.
Members will receive the cost of lodging when lodging is required and will receive $25.00 per day for food.
Section 2. Car pools will be utilized when feasible.
Section 3. Local members taking postal retirement who have been members in good standing for the previous consecutive five (5) years shall be presented a retirement certificate and a $100 check by the Local President or his designee.

Article 10
CONFLICTS
Nothing in this Constitution shall conflict with the National Constitution and By-Laws.

Article 11
AMENDMENTS
This Constitution and By-Laws may be amended at any meeting by a two-thirds vote of those present, the amendments having been proposed at a previous meeting, or without such previous proposal, by a unanimous vote.

Article 12
DUES
Section 1. Dues shall be assessed in an amount to sufficiently cover National, State, and Local requirements, to be voted on with the same numerical majority requirement as the By-Laws.
Dues shall be withheld by signing Form 1187.
Section 2. Special assessments voted on with the same numerical majority requirement as the By-Laws shall be considered as regular dues.

Article 13
DELINQUENT MEMBERS
Section 1. Any member who fails to pay his or her dues for three months shall be formally notified, and if delinquent dues are not paid, his or her name shall be dropped from the rolls.
Section 2. A suspended member may be reinstated in this Local by a majority vote of the Local at a regular meeting.

Article 14
LOCAL AND MEMBERSHIP PROTECTION
Section 1. Any Local officer, elected or appointed, failing to perform the duties of their office may be removed from the office following an investigation and hearing before an investigating committee consisting of three disinterested members, who will present their findings to the next regular meeting of the Local. A majority vote will prevail.
Section 2. Appeal rights, as defined in the APWU National Constitution, will be explained to both plaintiff and defendant parties.

BY-LAWS
Article 1
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Meeting called to order
2. Roll call of officers
3. Verification of quorum
4. Reading of minutes of last meeting
5. Introduction of new members
6. Reports of officers, committees, receipts and expenses
7. Unfinished business
8. New business
9. Adjournment
This order of business may be suspended at any given meeting by two-thirds vote of those present.

Article 2
RULES OF ORDER
Roberts Rules of Order (Newly Revised) shall be authority to decide all questions of order not herein provided for.

Article 3
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Section 1. The president will appoint an Election Committee of three members at the September regular meeting. Committee members should not be nominees for office. It shall be the duty of the Election Committee to post notices regarding nominations and the election, and to conduct the election and the ballot count.
Section 2. Nominations for the annual officer elections will be made at the October regular meeting. Any member in good standing at the meeting may make a nomination. The nominee must be present and agree to serve. Officers shall be elected and installed annually at the November business meeting. Where nominees are unopposed, those offices shall be elected by acclamation and installed at the October meeting.
Section 3. Any member in good standing pursuant to requirements of Article 3, Section 2, of the Constitution is eligible to be elected to office. Members working in a 204B status or are currently applying for a management position shall be deemed ineligible to run for office. Officers or stewards who serve in a 204B status or when they apply for any management position will be deemed to have resigned their APWU position. They will not be allowed to actively participate in meetings or other activities except when formally invited by its officers.
Section 4. Election of officers will be by secret ballot. Ballots will be mailed to all members eligible to vote, together with a blank envelope and a stamped envelope, with their return address, addressed to the Election Committee. Eligibility shall be determined by the listings in the most recent Dues Checkoff Statement received by the Local. A statement from each candidate of not more than 300 words will accompany each ballot.
Section 5. Members will mark their ballots and place the ballot in the blank envelope and seal it. The blank envelope will be placed in the stamped addressed envelope and mail it back to the Election Committee.
Section 6. The Election Committee will present all un-opened ballots at the November meeting, where they will be checked against a roster to determine eligibility. Ballots in envelopes which have had the return address removed or made unreadable shall be invalid. The inner envelope will be placed to one side until all returned envelopes have been verified. Ballots will then be opened and counted, and the results announced by the Election Committee.
Section 7. The Election Committee will account for the number of ballots printed, the number returned in the mail, and blank ballots on-hand. No additional ballots will be furnished members after the initial mailing until returned ballots have been verified to ensure only one vote per member.
Section 8. Ballots will not be signed. Any ballot that is signed or otherwise marked will be declared null and void by the Election Committee, and said ballot will not be counted in the election.

Article 4
OATH OF OFFICE
Repeat after me, stating your name where I use mine:
I, (full name), having been duly elected to office in Fayetteville Local 667 of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, do solemnly pledge to uphold the Constitution and Bylaws of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, the Arkansas Postal Workers Union, and Fayetteville Local 667.
I further pledge to perform the duties of my office to the best ofmy ability. I further pledge that at the conclusion of my term of office, I will turn over to my successor all books, papers, records, and documents that are the property of Fayetteville Local 667.
During my elected term of office, I will not use my position for any personal gain. I will work for the improvement of local working conditions and the social and economic welfare of all the membership.