To all whom it may
Concern: Whereas a
Petition has been received from. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . praying
to be Chartered as a Subordinate Lodge under the name of
Auto Mechanics Lodge No. 1426 to be located at Sioux
City State of Iowa
That, acting under the authority vested in us by
the Grand Lodge of the Order of the
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS,
We do hereby grant this Charter to be issued to the Petitioners
named above and their associates and successors under the title
above named, to bear date March 3, 1939, and by virtue of
this instrument the said Lodge is hereby authorized to act and enjoy
all the privileges of the Laws of the Order. The Grand Lodge
reserves the right to suspend and reclaim this Warrant and Charter,
and to annul the rights and privileges herein conferred, for any
neglect or refusal to confirm to the Laws and Usages of this
In Witness Whereof, We hereunto affix our names and Seal this
6th day of April 1939
Signed by A.O. Wharton, International President
and E. C. Davison, General Secretary Treasurer
Siouxland Lodge 1426 IAMAW was
originally chartered as an automotive lodge. Later it became an
amalgamated lodge and now represents members in various
SIOUXLAND LODGE NO. 1426
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS
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NAME AND TIME OF MEETING
This Lodge shall be known as Siouxland Lodge No. 1426 of the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The
Local office shall be in Sioux City, Iowa.
2. The regular meeting shall be held on
the second Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. except when said day
is a legal holiday, in which event the Lodge shall decide on a
meeting date at the previous meeting.
Ten (10) members in good standing, including officers, shall
constitute a quorum.
When a special meeting is called, notices shall be posted in all
shops forty-eight (48) hours in advance of such meeting, stating
clearly the purpose for which the meeting is called. Discussion and
action at such meeting shall be confined to the subject for which
the meeting was called.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP AND ELECTED OFFICERS
1. Qualifications for membership shall
be as defined in the IAM Constitution.
Qualifications for elected office shall be as defined in the IAM
Constitution, Article B, Section 3. Elected office shall be defined
as Lodge Officers, Auditors, Delegates and Shop Committee/Chief
JURISDICTION AND CLASSIFICATION OF WORK
1. Siouxland Lodge No. 1426,
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers,
claims jurisdiction over all shops performing work that falls within
the categories of the various classifications of work as set forth
in the IAM Constitution.
OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES
The officers of this Lodge, their duties and responsibilities, and
their selection shall be in accordance with the IAM Constitution and
as provided by federal law. The Officers shall be elected for a term
of three (3) years.
In the event any officer absents himself/herself from three (3)
consecutive regular meetings without being excused therefore, and if
there is no controversy as to the refusal to excuse being proper,
such officer shall be deemed to have resigned his/her office. The
vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the presiding officer on a
pro tem basis for that period reasonably required to bring about the
nomination and election of a successor.
(a) Should such officer contend the refusal
to excuse him/her for such absence is improper, the presiding
officer shall prefer charges against him/her, charging him/her with
conduct unbecoming an officer on the basis of his/her absence
without excuse found acceptable by the Lodge, and her/she shall be
tried in accordance with applicable provisions of the IAM
(b) Valid reasons shall include sickness,
death in the family, at his/her regular job, or on Union business.
3. In the event of a vacancy in any
officer's position, with the exception of the President; the
President, with the approval of the Executive Board, shall appoint
an officer to fill the office until the next election of officers.
4. Any member nominated for an officer's
position shall stand and make known his/her acceptance or rejection
of the nomination. This section shall not apply if the member has
notified the Recording Secretary in writing that he/she would be
unable to be in attendance at the meeting for nominations, and the
membership accepts the reason for non-attendance as being a valid
Section 5. To
be eligible for nomination as an officer of the Lodge, a member must
have attended 50% of the regular Lodge meetings held during the
twelve (12) month period ending the date of the close of
nominations. This shall not apply if a member has been ill or if
he/she has been working on a night shift. Proof of such illness or
working on a night shift shall be substantiated by any such member
if requested by the membership.
THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
The Executive Board shall consist of a President, Vice President,
Recording Secretary, Secretary-Treasurer, Conductor-Sentinel, three
(3) Trustees, Communicator and Educator. The Business Representative
shall be an honorary member of the Executive Board, and along with
the Communicator and Educator shall have a voice --- but not a vote.
2. The Executive Board shall have the
power to act for the Lodge between regular meetings
3. The President and the Recording
Secretary may call a meeting of the Executive Board by notifying all
members of the Board. The Executive Board shall meet one half hour
prior to the regular monthly meeting to deliberate on all matters
referred to it by this Lodge, and as soon thereafter as possible,
report to the Lodge its recommendations. The adoption of the
Executive Board's report by the Lodge shall be equivalent to
ratification of the action of the Executive Board.
4. The President of the Siouxland Lodge
No. 1426 shall be the Chairman of the Executive Board, and the
Recording Secretary of the Lodge shall be the Recording Secretary of
the Executive Board.
MEMBERSHIP ON COMMITTEES
Any member who accepts an appointment on a committee must discharge
his/her duties unless a sufficient excuse is given and accepted by
the Lodge. It shall be the privilege of any member to decline an
appointment on any committee. The Chairman of a committee shall be
responsible for reporting any committee member who fails to attend
meetings of the committee.
No committee shall be discharged until all debts contracted by it
shall have been paid, and all monies or anything belonging to the
Lodge shall have been turned over to the Lodge.
3. All committee reports shall be in
writing and signed by all members of the committee when requested to
do so by the Lodge.
AUDITING COMMITTEE: Refer to the IAM Constitution, Article C.
2. PRESS COMMITTEE: The Press Committee
shall consist of the Business Representative(s), the Lodge
President, and the Recording Secretary. It shall be the duty of the
Press Committee to supply the public press with news favorable to
our organization. In case of emergency, the Press Committee shall be
subordinate to the Strike Committee.
STRIKE COMMITTEE: The General Strike Committee shall consist of the
Executive Board and members elected from the shop or plant on
strike. The President of the Lodge shall be the Chairman of the
Strike Committee. She/he shall appoint a Co-Chairman from the plant
or shop on strike.
SICK AND RELIEF COMMITTEE: The Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer,
and three (3) member appointed by the President shall constitute the
Sick and Relief Committee and this Committee shall administer
whatever aid the Lodge deems necessary.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: The Legislative Committee shall consist of
the Business Representative(s), Recording Secretary and three (3)
appointed members. The President of the Lodge shall make the
(a) The Shop Committee in the various shops shall be elected for a
period of one (1) year. The election shall be held at a special
meeting of each shop during the month of November or December. The
term to commence the first day of January and end on the 31st day of
December of each year. Each Shop Committee shall elect its own
To be eligible for nomination to the shop committee a member must
meet the qualifications under Article II of these Bylaws and have
attended at least 25% of the regular lodge meetings held during the
twelve (12) month period ending the date of close of nominations.
This shall not apply if a member has been ill or if he/she has been
working on a night shift. Any such member shall substantiate said
illness or working on a night shift if requested by the membership.
In the event all committee positions cannot be filled with qualified
candidates, these qualifications may be waived in order to fill the
remaining openings (an affirmative majority vote by those members
present is needed for this action).
(b) The Executive Board shall have the power to remove Shop
Committee Chairmen, Committeemen, or Stewards for neglect of duty
with the understanding they shall be privileged to request a trial
in accordance with the IAM Constitution, Article L.
(c) At least one Shop Committee Member shall attend each local lodge
meeting to report on their shop unless excused by the Executive
(d) In the event a member of a Shop Committee cannot fulfill his/her
term of office, the remaining members of the Shop Committee shall
appoint a new member unless any member of the shop committee
requests an election.
The Shop Committee shall take immediate action relative to all
grievances presented to them and report final action taken. They
shall have authority to demand evidence from the members as to the
member's rate of pay if the Committee so desires. They shall enforce
all the rules and regulations of this Lodge, and of the IAM
Constitution, and all Shop Committees shall be protected in the
performance of their duties as set forth in these Bylaws.
8. ORGANIZING AND EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE:
This Committee shall consist of seven (7) members appointed by the
President, and they shall cooperate with the Business Representative
and Executive Board to maintain a program of organization and
education, keeping contact with other crafts, the labor movement,
and educational agencies that are conducive to the advancement of
this organization, including economic subjects and improvement of
shop conditions. The Educator and Organizing Chairman will co-chair
this committee. This Committee will select their own Secretary, they
shall present their findings and recommendations to the Lodge, and
they shall keep a permanent record of all business transactions.
9. SAFETY COMMITTEE: Each shop shall
have a Safety Committee which shall be appointed by the Shop
Committee and shall be subordinate to the Shop Committee. All action
taken by said Safety Committee shall be taken through the elected
All grievances shall be made in writing and signed by three (3) or
more members when the grievance is general, and by the member
involved when the grievance is personal, if so requested by the Shop
Committee. All grievances shall be processed in accordance with
these Bylaws and the various shop contracts by the Shop Committee
Chairman and one (1) or more members of the Shop Committee. The
member of members involved shall have the privilege of attending
meetings scheduled for the purpose of settling any such grievance if
they so desire.
When a grievance is referred to arbitration, a cover letter along
with a copy of the grievance will be sent to the District Lodge 7
Business Representative, the President of the District and the
President of the Local Lodge. It will be the responsibility of the
individual Shop Chairman and/or Chief Steward to ensure that the
Recording Secretary of the Local Lodge 1426 receives a copy of the
grievance referred to arbitration so that he/she can compose the
letter to the District 7 Business Representative.
DUTIES OF MEMBERS
The duties of the Lodge members in regard to minimum rate, going to
work in other localities, jurisdiction of lodges, declining rough
work, overtime, piecework, two (2) machines and premium systems,
introduction of unqualified persons, misrepresentation, inebriety,
and visiting members shall be governed by the IAM Constitution.
2. It shall be the duty of members to
present their dues books and/or their pay checks for inspection to
the Shop Committee when requested to do so by the Shop Chairman, and
to assist the Shop Chairman and the Business Representative in
carrying out the laws of this Association.
INITIATIONS AND REINSTATEMENTS
All initiation fees and reinstatement fees shall be established by
this Lodge and in accordance with the IAM Constitution, Article I
Initiation fees shall be an amount equal to one (1) month of dues.
3. Reinstatement fees shall be an amount
equal to three (3) months of dues.
Unemployment stamps, strike benefits, retiring cards, withdrawal
cards, and other benefits shall be as defined in the IAM
This Lodge shall pay the member's unemployment stamp for a period of
no more than three (3) consecutive months per year, (providing the
criteria established in the IAM Constitution under Article G is
met), after which time it will be the individual member's
responsibility to pay for his/her unemployment stamp.
Section 1. The
Secretary-Treasurer shall receive a salary of an amount equal to 40
cents ($.40) per full dues paying member per month. The President
(or the Vice President in the Presidents absence) and Recording
Secretary shall each receive a monthly salary equal to one (1)
month's dues (less FICA and Medicare). No officer shall receive more
than one (1) salary.
Section 2. The
three (3) Trustees and three (3) Auditing Committee members shall
receive $10.00 each for auditing the books semi-annually.
Participation in the audit is required to receive this salary.
The Examining Board shall consist of three (3) members of Local Lode
1426, with a minimum of one (1) year good standing membership each.
2. The Examining Board shall be
appointed by the Lodge President, and it shall be their duty to
conduct a thorough examination as to the qualifications and fitness
of each applicant applying for membership in this organization.
The monthly dues of this Lodge shall be a uniform rate of monthly
dues equal to two (2) times the weighted average hourly earnings of
members covered by the collective bargaining agreement in each shop
or bargaining unit under Local Lodge 1426 jurisdiction in accordance
with the IAM Constitution, Article I (eye) and shall be no less than
$32.00 per month.
The minimum months dues of this Lodge shall be adjusted annually to
reflect any per capita tax increase, (this figure will be based on
the "sum of the differences" in Grand Lodge, District
Lodge and all Affiliated Organizations per capita taxes paid by this
Lodge), rounded up to the nearest fifty cents ($.50) increment.
BILLS AND CLAIMS AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS OF DELEGATES
1. Traveling delegates shall be paid for
lost time at their straight time rate, plus actual cost of housing
and transportation (if such transportation is by other than
automobile). Per diem will be paid per IRS guidelines, which shall
include reimbursement for all tips paid. The most current edition of
IRS Publication 463 will be the guide used. Transportation allowance
shall be paid at a rate of thirty-one ($.31) cents per mile or coach
air fare, whichever is less, if such transportation is by
automobile. If more than one (1) delegate travels in one (1)
automobile, then only the owner of such automobile shall receive the
mileage expense. Delegates who elect to travel by themselves, in
their own vehicles, (without an approved reason) will be allowed
then cents ($.10) per mile traveling expense. This Lodge does not
provide expense for rental cars.
(a) This Lodge shall send a minimum of one (1) delegate to Grand
Lodge Conventions, Iowa State Council of Machinists, Midwest State
Council of Machinists, Iowa Federation of Labor Conventions and
Northwest Iowa Labor Council meetings.
(b) In order to qualify as a delegate to Grand Lodge Conventions,
Iowa State Council of Machinists, Midwest State Council of
Machinists, William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology
Center, or other schools or labor courses, a member must have
attended fifty percent (50%) of the regular Lodge meetings held
during the twelve (12) month period ending the date of close of
When the funds of this Lodge amount to one dollar ($1.00) or more
per member, donations may be as follows: Ten dollars ($10.00) or
less for any organization that is not actively promoting organized
labor or the labor movement. Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) or less
for any labor organization or individual not under our jurisdiction
or any sister Lodge or member of the International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers who is not a member of Siouxland
Lodge No. 1426. Members of Siouxland Lodge No. 1426 may be helped in
a larger amount at the discretion of the Lodge.
Donations up to one hundred dollars ($100.00) may be made when
sanctioned by Grand Lodge or by the Executive Board of Siouxland
Lodge No. 1426 with the approval of the membership.
2. This Lodge will make donations to the
Machinists Non-Partisan Political League, (MNPL), as follows:
(a) MNPL Education Fund donations will be in the amount of one
dollar ($1.00) per regular dues paying member based on membership as
of January 1st of each year. In Presidential Election years the
donation will be in the amount of three dollars ($3.00) per regular
dues paying member.
(b) MNPL General Fund donations will be generated by profits from
resale of supplies, (i.e.: caps, t-shirts, pins, etc.) and other
fundraisers sanctioned by this Lodge and the Grand Lodge AND
that comply with federal laws and guidelines.
CONSTRUCTION OF BYLAWS
Bylaws of this Lodge shall always be construed, explained, and
understood in a plain and obvious meaning. Should any question arise
hereafter for decision not specified in these Bylaws, this Lodge
shall be governed by the precedence or established usage of the
Association, but no precedent conflicting with these Bylaws or the
IAM Constitution as determined by the International President shall
be brought to bear upon any trial or subject matter at issue.
Any increase in the amount of initiation and reinstatement fees,
Emergency Funds, and Local Lodge dues must be handled on the basis
of the procedures specified in the IAM Constitution, Article I (eye)
and Article D.
Any other amendments to these bylaws must be handled on the basis of
the following procedure:
(a) All proposals must be in writing, signed by not less than five
(5) members, and referred to a Bylaws Committee appointed by the
(b) Must be read as proposed at two (2) consecutive meetings.
Immediately following the second reading, the Bylaws Committee shall
submit their recommendations.
(c) Reasonable advance notice must be given to the membership of the
time, date and place of the second reading, and vote to be taken on
the Bylaws Committee's recommendations.
(d) Each proposal must be considered and voted upon separately. A
majority affirmative vote by those present and voting is need for
(e) Triplicate copies of approved proposals, together with the
master copy of bylaws shall be referred to the International
President for approval and designation of an effective date.
All Officers, employees or other individuals in this Local Lodge who
are responsible for, or handle funds of or for the Local Lodge,
shall be bonded in accordance with the IAM Constitution and the IAM
Policy relating thereto.
NO CONFLICT WITH CONSTITUTION
Nothing in these bylaws shall be construed or applied in a manner
that will conflict with the provisions of the IAM Constitution. All
matters arising and not specifically covered by these bylaws shall
be governed by the IAM Constitution.
Siouxland Lodge #1426 shall be represented by the elected Business
Representative(s) of IAM District #7 in accordance with IAM District
#7 bylaws and the IAM Constitution.
and on behalf of
by Robert W. Thayer