Today in Labor History: June 26; Member Tip

Today in Labor History: June 262013.06.24—history-st-lawrence-seaway
The 189-mile-long St. Lawrence Seaway opens, making the Great Lakes accessible to Atlantic shipping.  Thousands of laborers toiled for decades to make it happen; indirectly and directly, the Seaway today supports 75,000 jobs in Canada and 150,000 in the U.S. – 1959
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Member Tip: Union Constitution and Bylaws
Your union will have a constitution and bylaws.  These may exist for your local union, your international union or for another intermediate level.  Generally, these documents outline the structure of the union, and say how the union is governed.  They will, for example, identify the various officers of the union and their authority as well as lay out different election or appointment mechanisms.  Procedures dealing with how union meetings are called and how the meetings are conducted will be detailed, as well as what member voting rights are in place for union business such as ratifying a collective bargaining agreement.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer

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