The Dues CAP: Vote to Amend Our Constitution Set for September 1

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Currently the Local 88 Constitution states that there is a monthly dues cap of $65 for all members, but that dues cap was set to expire on July 1, 2009. Due to the wage freeze and economic conditions, we voted at our March 18, 2009 General Membership meeting to extend that dues cap until July 1, 2010. After reviewing our Constitution recently, however, it was discovered that even though the vote to extend the cap was valid, it was not a valid method to amend the Constitution. Consequently, we must follow our process for amending our Constitution as outlined in Article IX (Local 88 Constitution on the Local 88 website: http://www.afscmelocal88.org/local-88-2/constitution-bylaws/).

An amendment to properly extend the dues cap was presented and read at the Wed, July 21 General Membership meeting. Additionally, two options for the dues cap from January 1, 2011 forward was presented (see attached document for the proposed amendments, or visit: http://www.afscmelocal88.org). As per our Constitution, the proposed amendments will also be presented at the subsequent Wed, August 18 General Membership meeting and finally voted on by a ballot box vote on September 1, 2010. If you are interested in this issue, please attend the General Membership meeting on August 18 and be sure to vote on September 1, 2010. Detailed information about the times and locations for the September 1, 2010 vote will be sent.

Timeline:

  • August 18, 2010: Proposed constitutional amendments are read to the General Membership meeting, debated, edited, and finalized language is voted on
  • September 1, 2010: Amended Constitution language is voted on by all members with a ballot box vote
  • September 2010 [TBD]: Amended Constitution is sent to AFSCME International to be approved
  • January 1, 2011: Once approved by AFSCME International, new dues rates (with or without a cap) take effect

Full Text of Proposed Amendments (PDF)

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