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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

What are the Requirements to Remain as a Chartered Local?

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell

Under the provisions of Article 16.4 of the APWU Constitution, the Secretary-Treasurer’s Department must notify locals in writing that their charter will be revoked if they fail to meet their requirements listed below:

  • Filing annual financial reports with both the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as required by federal law.
  • Announcing nominations and conducting an election of officers at least every three years.
  • Maintaining a fidelity bond covering at least 10 percent of its assets if the local collects more than $5,000 a year in dues.
  • Abiding by a properly-adopted local constitution.

Local Union Elections

10/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

It starts with the process for nominations. One of the ways to alleviate and hopefully prevent complaints, Local Election Committee (LEC) and National Election Appeals Committee (NEAC) appeals, and Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) investigations, is for local affiliates to ensure elections are conducted in accordance with Department of Labor (DOL) guidelines.

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. 

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