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Article 19 - Attendance Rules

Section 1

  1. All members of the Executive Board must attend two out of every three Membership meetings and two out of every three Executive Board meetings, plus two out of every three Committee meetings and two out of every three Unit meetings to which they have been appointed to in an advisory position unless properly excused.
  2. All members of the Bargaining Committee must attend two out of every three membership meetings and two out of every three Bargaining Committee meetings plus two out of every three Unit Meetings unless properly excused.
  3. All stewards must attend two out of every three membership meetings and two out of every three steward meetings unless properly excused.
  4. All delegates to Councils and/or Conventions must attend two out of every three membership meetings unless properly excused.
  5. All members of all other standing committees must attend two out of every three Membership meetings, unless properly excused.

Section 2 - When education programs are arranged for the membership or smaller groups, all union representatives affected must attend two (2) out of three (3) consecutive education classes provided that the courses are for a prescribed and reasonable length of time.

Section 3 - Failure of any elected official to comply with the above attendance rules shall result in automatic removal from their respective office or position and they shall not be permitted to run for any elective office for the balance of the term of the office from which they were removed, except for delegate(s) to our National Convention.

Section 4 - The President of Local 229, along with the Chairperson of each Standing committee shall comprise the Attendance and Excuse Committee with the President as the Chairperson of the Committee.

Section 5 - The Attendance and Excuse Committee shall determine the validity of excuses given for failure to attend the required number of meetings by any elected or appointed official.

Section 6 - Any affected member may appeal the decision of the Attendance and Excuse Committee at the next Membership Meeting.

Section 7 - In order to minimize the possibility of any controversy over whether or not a member actually attended a meeting which she/he is required to attend, a Registration Book will be given to each Committee Secretary to be signed by the members attending such meetings. For General Membership Meetings the Sergeant-at-arms will have a registration book which all elected committee members will be required to sign.

Section 8 - Any member appointed to a Committee shall be subject to the same attendance rules as the elected representatives.

Section 9 - All applications for excuse must be submitted in writing to the Chairperson of the committee prior to the meeting or in the case of an emergency within 24 hours of the conclusion of the meeting or the member will automatically be considered to be absent without excuse.