This article should contain a provision establishing the Executive Officers of the Local Union in accordance with Article 15 Section B of the Constitution. If a Local Union desires to have more than one Vice President, the number of Vice Presidents should be set forth in this section.
If a Local Union elects more than one Vice President, the Vice Presidents should be titled as “First Vice President”, “Second Vice President”, etc. The By-Laws should specifically provide that only the First Vice President would succeed to the presidency in the event of a vacancy in that office. The By-Laws should further specify that if the First Vice President should succeed to the presidency, the First Vice Presidency would be filled by a special election in the same way as any other vacated executive office, other than the presidency, would be filled. (Specific and detailed procedures for conducting elections for Local Union officers will be contained in the revised Guide to Local Union Elections.)
There should be a provision in accordance with Article 15 Section C Paragraph 19 of the Constitution, providing for a prompt special election to fill the vacancy in any executive office other than the presidency, and if desired, a procedure setting forth the “other means for filling such vacancies for the temporary period pending the holding of the election”.
There should also be a provision that in any such special election to fill a vacancy, the procedures, etc., applicable to the original election (See Constitution, Article 15 Section B Paragraph 5) shall be followed.
The duties of the Executive Officers are quite specifically set forth in Article 15 Section C of the Constitution. There is no purpose in repeating these duties in the By-Laws but if the Local Union has a custom of assigning some additional duties not inconsistent with the duties of the Constitution to any particular executive office, that matter should be clearly set forth in this article.