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The By-Laws should contain a provision for regular monthly membership meetings. The By-Laws should also contain procedure and notice requirements for calling a special membership meeting. It may be desirable in some situations to have an additional section setting forth a streamlined procedure and notification requirement for an emergency membership meeting; i.e., the notification requirements might be posting for as many hours as possible with verbal notification by Committeepersons and Stewards to as many members as they could contact.

The Local Union should either provide that those members in attendance at a meeting will constitute a quorum, or otherwise provide a reasonable quorum requirement.

In addition, the following paragraph should be included in the Local Union By-laws as a matter of course.

Any member who attends a meeting under the influence of alcohol or drugs and/or creates a disturbance, or becomes unruly shall lose voice and her/his right to vote at said meeting. Where necessary to maintain order, the member may be evicted from the meeting by order of the Chairperson subject to the challenge of the membership. Flagrant or persistent violation of this section by any member shall be conduct unbecoming a union member.

For clarity and information of the membership, “questions of a parliamentary nature shall be decided by Bourinot’s Rules of Order.”

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