Constitution & Bylaws

The APWU Constitution & Bylaws govern the union. Adopted by delegates to the union’s national conventions, the Constitution outlines the union's structure, rules, and dues. It lists the APWU’s national officers and establishes the scope of their responsibility. The Constitution sets forth the rights enjoyed by all members of the American Postal Workers Union.

News: Constitution & Bylaws

Convention Reminder

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)  

The 24th Biennial APWU National Convention will take place Monday, Aug. 20 through Thursday, Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Is Your Union Constitution in Conflict?

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Your local union constitution contains the fundamental principles by which the local is governed.

Federal law requires local unions to adopt a constitution that has been approved by the members. Section 201(a) of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) states, “Every labor organization shall adopt a constitution and by-laws, and shall file a copy thereof with the Secretary [of Labor].”

Constitutions should address the following:

  • Objectives and Mission
  • Membership
  • Executive Board, Stewards and Committees
  • Duties of Officers
  • Salaries and Benefits (if any)
  • Meetings and Quorum
  • Elections
  • Dues and Fiscal Year
  • Budget
  • Membership Protection
  • Amendments and By-Laws
APWU News Bulletin

Convention Delegates Act on Tough Issues

Deliberations Continue on Constitutional Resolutions

07/25/2014 - Acting on the first resolution reported by the Constitution Committee during Wednesday’s session, as a cost-savings measure, delegates amended the APWU Constitution, shortening the time frame for National Conventions from five to four days.  The change also adds one-hour to each of the four days the convention is in session.  

Changing the order in which resolutions were considered, the convention then directed its attention to a resolution regarding a dues increase. After extensive debate, the resolution was voted down. 

APWU Web News Article 89-2012

National Executive Board Amends Constitution To Comply with Federal Law

07/24/2012 - The National Executive Board (NEB) has amended the APWU Consitution and the APWU Health Plan Consitution to comply with provisions of the Affordable Care Act. In making the change, the NEB exercised its authority under Article 22.2 of the union’s constitution, which permits the board to act between conventions to remove conflicts between the union’s bylaws and applicable federal or state law.