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SIOUXLAND LODGE 1426 IAMAW CHARTER
SIOUXLAND LODGE 1426 IAMAW BYLAWS


CHARTER
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


Know Ye, 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 Order.
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 manufacturing facilities.

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BYLAWS
SIOUXLAND LODGE NO. 1426
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS
APPROVED: 3-26-03
EFFECTIVE: 4-1-03
I've tried to be careful posting our bylaws. But typos happen. Therefore, the original bylaws supercedes the posting I have made.

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ARTICLE I
NAME AND TIME OF MEETING
ARTICLE II
QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP AND ELECTED OFFICE
ARTICLE III
JURISDICTION AND CLASSIFICATION OF WORK
ARTICLE IV
OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES
ARTICLE V
THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
ARTICLE VI
MEMBERSHIP AND COMMITTEES
ARTICLE VII
COMMITTEES
ARTICLE VIII
GRIEVANCES
ARTICLE IX
DUTIES OF MEMBERS
ARTICLE X
INITIATIONS AND REINSTATEMENTS
ARTICLE XI
BENEFITS
ARTICLE XII
SALARIES
ARTICLE XIII
EXAMINING BOARD
ARTICLE XIV
DUES
ARTICLE XV
BILLS AND CLAIMS AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS OF DELEGATES
ARTICLE XVI
DONATIONS
ARTICLE XVII
CONSTRUCTION OF BYLAWS
ARTICLE XVIII
AMENDMENTS
ARTICLE XIX
BONDING
ARTICLE XX
NO CONFLICT WITH CONSTITUTION
    ARTICLE XXI
BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES
   

 

ARTICLE I
NAME AND TIME OF MEETING

Section 1.     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.

Section 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.

Section 3.     Ten (10) members in good standing, including officers, shall constitute a quorum.

Section 4.     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.

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ARTICLE II
QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP AND ELECTED OFFICERS

Section 1.     Qualifications for membership shall be as defined in the IAM Constitution.

Section 2.     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 Stewards.

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ARTICLE III
JURISDICTION AND CLASSIFICATION OF WORK

Section 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.

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ARTICLE IV
OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES

Section 1.     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.

Section 2.     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 Constitution.

                                                  (b)     Valid reasons shall include sickness, death in the family, at his/her regular job, or on Union business.

Section 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.

Section 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 excuse.

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.

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ARTICLE V
THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1.     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.

Section 2.     The Executive Board shall have the power to act for the Lodge between regular meetings

Section 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.

Section 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.

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ARTICLE VI
MEMBERSHIP ON COMMITTEES

Section 1.     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.

Section 2.     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.

Section 3.     All committee reports shall be in writing and signed by all members of the committee when requested to do so by the Lodge.

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ARTICLE VII
COMMITTEES

Section 1.     AUDITING COMMITTEE: Refer to the IAM Constitution, Article C.

Section 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.

Section 3.     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.

Section 4.     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.

Section 5.     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 appointments.

Section 6.     SHOP COMMITTEE:

                                                  (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 Chairman.

                                                      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 Board.

                                                  (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.

Section 7.     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.

Section 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.

Section 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 Shop Committee.

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ARTICLE VIII
GRIEVANCES

Section 1.     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.

Section 2.     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.

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ARTICLE IX
DUTIES OF MEMBERS

Section 1.     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.

Section 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.

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ARTICLE X
INITIATIONS AND REINSTATEMENTS

Section 1.     All initiation fees and reinstatement fees shall be established by this Lodge and in accordance with the IAM Constitution, Article I (eye).

Section 2.     Initiation fees shall be an amount equal to one (1) month of dues.

Section 3.     Reinstatement fees shall be an amount equal to three (3) months of dues.

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ARTICLE XI
BENEFITS

Section 1.     Unemployment stamps, strike benefits, retiring cards, withdrawal cards, and other benefits shall be as defined in the IAM Constitution.

Section 2.     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.

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ARTICLE XII

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.

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ARTICLE XIII
EXAMINING BOARD

Section 1.     The Examining Board shall consist of three (3) members of Local Lode 1426, with a minimum of one (1) year good standing membership each.

Section 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.

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ARTICLE XIV
DUES

Section 1.     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.

Section 2.     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.

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ARTICLE XV
BILLS AND CLAIMS AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS OF DELEGATES

Section 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.

Section 2.     (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 nominations.

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ARTICLE XVI
DONATIONS

Section 1.     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.

Section 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.

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ARTICLE XVII
CONSTRUCTION OF BYLAWS

Section 1.     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.

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ARTICLE XVIII
AMENDMENTS

Section 1.     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 President.

                                                  (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 adoption.

                                                  (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.

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ARTICLE XIX
BONDING

Section 1.     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.

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ARTICLE XX
NO CONFLICT WITH CONSTITUTION

Section 1.     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.

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ARTICLE XXI
BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES

Section 1.     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.

Approved for and on behalf of
International President

by Robert W. Thayer

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