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As per Article 15 Section G of the Constitution, an initiation fee may only be charged against new members entering an existing bargaining unit, or when and where the law requires such an initiation fee be paid, which may not be less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than twenty dollars ($20.00).

The By-Laws set forth very specifically, and in considerable detail, the salaries, allowances, expenses and other forms of compensation, including who is paid a salary or expense; how much is paid; how often is it paid – weekly, monthly. Also, lost time formulas which are proper for any elected or appointed official should be detailed.

This article should also include specific provisions for out-of-town per diem expenses when it is necessary for a representative of the Local Union to travel away from home; for example:

  • Expense paid to travel – when flying, when driving;
  • Expense paid when required to stay overnight, lodging, meals;
  • Expense paid when overnight is not required.

The National Executive Board has established a policy relative to per diem expenses. Contact your National Secretary-Treasurer for the current National Executive Board policy.

This article should include a provision defining lost time along the following lines:

“The Local Union shall pay a representative or member lost time only when that representative or member is performing necessary duties for and on behalf of the Local Union during the time for which s/he would otherwise be compensated by the employer. The amount of lost time should never exceed the amount which the Local Union representative or member would otherwise have received from her/his employer for the same period of the time which s/he is being compensated by the Local Union.”

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