The Merger Guidelines: What are our Options?

(This article first appeared in the March/April 2021 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

When locals are faced with circumstances whether foreseen or unforeseen that result in the local being unable to provide the representation it was chartered to provide and comply with LMRDA provisions, the procedures provided in the Merger Guidelines would need to be considered and administratively fulfilled.

The merger guidelines outline the steps and documents locals considering a merger would need to follow and submit to the Secretary-Treasurer’s office. Upon receipt the documents are reviewed to ensure the criteria for the type of merger requested is met and documented. The merger guidelines stipulate that members must vote to approve a merger and set the terms of the merger. There are three guidelines to consider depending on the local’s status.

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The Secretary-Treasurer seeks to increase union revenue by encouraging non-members to join, and is responsible for the collection and proper disbursement of union funds. The Secretary-Treasurer's Department offers in-depth training to local and state union officers who have financial responsibilities for their organizations.

We also provide training on how to conduct local and state union elections, consistent with the rules of the U.S. Department of Labor and the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

The Secretary-Treasurer's Department is responsible for interpreting the APWU National Constitution and Bylaws. The department assists local unions and state affiliates by reviewing their constitutions and bylaws and alerting them to any violations of the law or conflicts with the APWU Constitution and Bylaws.

The Secretary-Treasurer's office serves as the liaison to the APWU's Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force, which makes recommendations to the national union on issues facing deaf workers and their families.

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