Constitutional Amendment 7: Executive Council and Executive Committee Voting

Submitted by the Building and Construction Trades Department and the International Union of Operating Engineers

Referred to the Constitution Committee

WHEREAS, the Executive Council is the governing body of the Federation between Conventions;

WHEREAS, the Executive Committee of the Executive Council is the governing body of the Federation between meetings of the Executive Council;

WHEREAS, the Executive Council and Executive Committee are empowered to direct the affairs of the Federation and to take such action and render such decisions as may be necessary and appropriate to safeguard and promote the best interests of the Federation  and its affiliated unions;

WHEREAS, in exercising such authority members of the Executive Council and Executive Committee may be asked to vote on policies that do not directly impact the employment opportunities of their members or industry sector;

WHEREAS, in these situations it is unfair to the affiliates and their membership whose employment opportunities are directly impacted by a specific policy or action to have others with no direct jobs impact to impose their views that may be based, in part, on alliances with non-labor organizations; and

WHEREAS, the Trade and Industrial Departments of the Federation  are considered an official method of the Federation  for transacting the portion of its business indicated by the name of the department;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Article X, Section 2 of the Constitution be amended by adding the following language:

“At the request of a Trade or Industrial Department or any ten (10) members of the Executive Council, any vote of the Executive Council shall be limited  to the members of the Executive Council whose members’ employment opportunities and jobs are directly affected by the matter presented for a vote.”

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Article X, Section 18(b) of the Constitution be amended by adding the following language:

“At the request of a Trade or Industrial Department or any member of the Executive Committee, any vote of the Executive Committee shall be limited to the members of the Executive Committee whose members’ employment opportunities and jobs are directly affected by the matter presented for a vote.”