Today in Labor History: December 10
First sit-down strike in U.S. called by IWW at General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y. – 1906
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Member Tip: Union Constitution and Bylaws
Your union has 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