MONTANA STATE AFL-CIO CONSTITUTION

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 Montana State AFL-CIO
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Adopted at the 54th Annual Montana State AFL-CIO Convention on June 5, 2010.
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Montana State AFL-CIO Constitution                                                                                    4

Policy and Procedures                                                                                                 16

Legislative Program                                                                                                   19

COPE By-Laws                                                                                                          23

Organizing Committee Policy Statement                                                                                 28

Health Care Policy Statement                                                                                          31

Montana State AFL-CIO Executive Board                                                                                 33




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                                                                 PREAMBLE


        With divine guidance, coupled with the desire of those who toil in mind and with hand to
unite into one labor movement: the establishment of this unified state organization, subordinate to
the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), is an
expression of the labor movement in Montana to cooperate to the maximum in the attainment of
the goals and objectives established by the parent federation and provide for the welfare of the
affiliates of the Montana AFL-CIO.
        Together with the AFL-CIO we seek the fulfillment of the hope and aspirations of the
working people of America through democratic processes within the framework of our
constitutional government and consistent with our institutions and traditions.
        At the collective bargaining table, in the community, in the exercise of our rights and
responsibilities as union members, we shall responsibly serve the interests of all Montanans.
        We declare ourselves to ever support and strengthen the Montana State AFL-CIO, to embrace
the issues of the affiliates in the State of Montana, organized under the AFL-CIO.
        We pledge ourselves to help in the expansion and stabilization of the Montana and American
Labor Movement economy by more effective organization of working men and women; by the
securing to them of full recognition and enjoyment of the rights to which they are justly entitled;
to the achievement of ever higher standards of living and working conditions; to the attainment of
security for all people; to the enjoyment of the leisure which their skills and toil make possible and
to the strengthening and extension of our way of life and the fundamental freedoms which are the
basis of our democratic society.
        The Montana AFL-CIO supports and advocates beneficial salaries, fringe benefits, working
conditions, and human, civil, and political rights for all working men and women everywhere they
may be employed in Montana.
        The Montana AFL-CIO recognizes that organizing is the lifeblood of the American and
Montana labor movement. By reaching out to the unorganized we extend our economic, political,
and moral influence to build a better future for all workers.
        With the important tasks in mind which lie ahead, confident of meeting established goals
and objectives, never afraid of the challenge of the future, we proclaim this constitution.




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                                                   ARTICLE I – NAME
                          This organization shall be known as the Montana State AFL-CIO.

                                                          ARTICLE II – AFFILIATION

   Section 1. The Montana State AFL-CIO shall be affiliated with the AFL-CIO in accordance with
the laws of that organization.
     Section 2. The following organizations within Montana shall be eligible to affiliate with the
Montana State AFL-CIO: Local unions chartered by the AFL-CIO or by National or International Labor
Organizations affiliated with the AFL-CIO, and councils and other units or subdivisions chartered by
     the AFL-CIO or by National or International Labor Organizations affiliated with the AFL-CIO,
  associate membership organizations authorized by the AFL-CIO, the State Council of the Alliance
    for Retired Americans, an allied organization as defined in the Rules Governing AFL-CIO State
      Central Bodies and state chapters of AFL-CIO constituency groups, as defined in the Rules
   Governing AFL-CIO State Central Bodies, that are chartered by a national AFL-CIO constituency
 group. If a constituency group has one or more chapters in the state, but no statewide chapter, a
    local chapter designated by the national constituency group may be admitted as an affiliate.

                                         ARTICLE III – OBJECTIVES
       The objectives of the Montana State AFL-CIO shall be to promote, through appropriate
activities, the programs, objectives and principles of the AFL-CIO in the State of Montana,
including the following:
       1. To aid workers in securing improved wages, hours and working conditions with due regard
for the autonomy and integrity of affiliated unions 2. To aid and assist affiliated unions in
extending the benefits of mutual assistance and collective bargaining to workers and to promote
the organization of the unorganized into unions of their own choosing for their mutual aid,
protection and advancement, giving recognition to the principle that both craft and industrial
unions are appropriate, equal and necessary as methods of union organization.
       3. To encourage all workers without regard to race, creed, color, gender, disability, or
national origin to share in the full benefits of union organization.
       4. To secure legislation which will safeguard and promote the principle of free collective
bargaining, the rights of workers and the security and welfare of all the people.
       5. To protect and strengthen our democratic institutions, to secure full recognition and
enjoyment of the rights and liberties to which we are justly entitled, and to preserve and
perpetuate the cherished traditions of our democracy.
       6. To aid and encourage the sale and use of union made goods and union services through
the use of the union label and other symbols; to promote the labor press and other means of
furthering the education of the labor movement; to promote the observance of Labor Day as the
holiday honoring American Labor.
       7. To protect the labor movement from any and all corrupt influence and from the
undermining efforts of communist, fascist and all other totalitarian agencies who are opposed to
the basic principles of our democracy and free and democratic unionism.
       8. To safeguard the democratic character of the labor movement.
       9. While preserving the independence of the labor movement from political control, to
encourage workers to register and vote, to exercise their full rights and responsibilities of

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citizenship and to perform their rightful part in the political life of the local, state and national
communities.

                                       ARTICLE IV – HEADQUARTERS
 The headquarters of the Montana State AFL-CIO shall be located in Helena, Montana, and the
Executive Secretary shall establish his or her residence in Helena or the immediate vicinity.

                           ARTICLE V – CONSTITUTIONAL AND SPECIAL CONVENTIONS
        Section 1. Time and Place of Convention. The Political Endorsement Convention of the
Montana State AFL-CIO shall convene no later than Friday of the last full week in June following the
state primary election day of even-numbered years. The Constitutional Convention of the Montana
State AFL-CIO shall convene the last full week in June of uneven-numbered years. Upon the
recommendation of the president, the Executive Board shall choose the convention city.
        Section 2. Time and Place of Special Convention. A special convention may be called by a
majority of the Executive Board or upon the request of a majority of affiliated unions.
        Section 3. Convention Officers. The officers of the convention shall be the President, the
Vice President, the Executive Secretary, who will act as Secretary of the convention, the District
Board members, and a Sergeant-at-Arms who will be appointed by the President of the convention.
        Section 4. Composition. The convention of the Montana State AFL-CIO shall be composed of
delegates from affiliated unions, councils, the state union retiree council and associate
membership organizations authorized by the AFL-CIO, each of whom shall have a voice and vote in
the convention. Fraternal delegates shall not be entitled to vote at any time. An officer may vote
only if he or she is a delegate representing an affiliated organization.
        Section 5. Delegate Qualification. (a) With the exception of the fraternal delegates and
the delegates representing the state union retiree council and associate membership organizations,
any delegate to be entitled to a seat must be a member of a local union affiliated with and in good
standing with the Montana State AFL-CIO.
        (b) In view of varying circumstances, including where the convention is held, the Executive
Board is empowered to determine the amount of registration fee to be paid by delegates. Notice of
such registration fee, including amount, brief explanation and reference to pertinent constitutional
provisions, shall be included in the convention call.
        (c) A delegate from an affiliated local union may carry the credentials for another local
union of the same national or international union, and/or for one (1) different affiliated local
union, provided the delegate meets all other delegate criteria.
        Section 6. Call. The Executive Secretary shall issue the call for the regular convention not
later than sixty (60) days preceding the convention.
        Section 7. Proxies. Proxy votes shall not be allowed.
        Section 8. Credentials. (a) Each delegate to a Montana State AFL-CIO convention must
present a credential signed by the presiding officer and secretary and attested by the seal of the
organization he or she represents. The delegate shall present such credentials to the Credentials
Committee and pay the prescribed registration fee before being seated as a delegate by the
Credentials Committee.
        (b) The credential form shall contain space for the name of the affiliated organization, the
name of the delegate and alternate delegate, signatures of the presiding officer and secretary, the
meeting date of delegate/alternate selection, the seal of the organization and, in uneven-
numbered years, an indication in which district caucus election(s) the delegate will participate.
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       (c) Once a credential has been submitted by a delegate and accepted by the convention
Credentials Committee, it may not be changed without the permission of the convention.
Challenges to a delegate’s credentials will be heard by the Credentials Committee, which will
report its recommendation to the convention for a decision.
       Section 9. Expenses. Expenses of delegates shall be paid by the organization they
represent.
      Section 10. Credentials Report. At the opening of the convention the President shall take
the chair and call the convention to order and shall instruct the Credentials Committee to proceed
to examine all credentials, hear all contests and make its report as soon as possible. The
Credentials Committee will make reports from time to time throughout the convention, and will
ensure that reports are made to the delegates just prior to district caucus and officer elections.
      Section 11. Executive Session. The convention shall have the power to order an executive
session at any time.
       Section 12. Quorum. A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of not less than
one-third of the delegates attending the convention.
       Section 13. Grievances. No grievance shall be considered by any convention that has been
decided by a previous convention, except upon the recommendation of the Executive Board. Nor
shall any grievance be considered where the parties have not previously held a conference in an
attempt to settle the grievance.
       Section 14. Hours. The regular session of the constitutional convention shall be from 10:00
a.m. until 12:00 noon, and from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the first day, and from 9:00 a.m.
until 12:00 noon, and from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on each succeeding day, unless otherwise
ordered by the convention. The regular session of the political endorsement convention shall be
from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the first day, and from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on each
succeeding day, unless otherwise ordered by the convention.
       Section 15. Resolutions, Constitutional Amendments, Petitions, Memorials. All
resolutions, constitutional amendments, petitions and memorials submitted for consideration to a
Montana State AFL-CIO convention must first be approved by an affiliated organization which has
been affiliated with, and in good standing for, six consecutive months prior to the convention. A
typewritten copy must be sent to the Executive Secretary so it reaches the Montana State AFL-CIO
at least 30 days before the convention begins. Resolutions, constitutional amendments, petitions or
memorials may be submitted by noon of the first day of the convention from affiliated state
councils whose regular convention falls within the 30-day period. The Executive Board may also
submit resolutions, petitions or memorials for convention consideration by noon of the first day of
the convention. All resolutions, constitutional amendments, petitions and memorials received or
submitted outside the time-frames defined can only be considered by unanimous consent of the
convention.
       Section 16. Committee Action on Resolutions, Constitutional Amendments, Petitions,
Memorials. All resolutions, constitutional changes amendments, petitions and memorials shall be
referred to their appropriate committees without debate, except in cases where immediate
consideration is desired.
       Section 17. Officers’ Reports. The reports of the President, Vice President, Executive
Secretary and District Board members shall be presented during the first day of the constitutional
convention.
       Section 18. Roll Call. A roll call shall be used to determine any question before the
convention if the demand for a roll call is supported by thirty per cent of the delegates present. In
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the event of a roll call, each delegate may cast one vote for each member that he or she
represents.
       Section 19. The succeeding convention city. Any affiliate may nominate a site for the
succeeding convention city by giving written notice to the Executive Secretary prior to the start of
the Executive Board meeting immediately preceding the convention. The convention may choose
between nominated sites or alter or reject the board recommendations. The decision shall be final
except as provided in Section 1 of this Article.
       Section 20. Committees. Prior to the opening of the constitutional convention, the
President and Executive Board shall appoint the following committees, consisting of not less than
five members each: (1) Rules and Order of Business; (2) Report of Officers/Grievances; (3)
Resolutions; (4) Constitution; (5) Organization; (6) Union Labels/Boycotts; (7) Education; (8)
Credentials; (9) Legislation and (10) Election Board. Prior to the opening of the political
endorsement convention, the President and Executive Board shall appoint a political endorsement
committee. At the direction of the President and the Executive Board, the political endorsement
committee shall be empowered to meet prior to the convening of the convention.
       Section 21. Sergeant-at-Arms. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall assist the President in
maintaining order and shall attend the door and perform such other duties as pertain to the office.
The Sergeant-at-Arms shall be allowed a proper compensation for these services.
       Section 22. Delegates shall be limited to five (5) minutes of debate on each question until
all delegates have been given a chance to speak. Guest speakers shall be limited to thirty (30)
minutes except by permission of the chair.

                                    ARTICLE VI – REPRESENTATION
        Section 1. Local Unions. Affiliated local unions in good standing shall be entitled to
representation and votes in conventions of the Montana State AFL-CIO based upon the average
number of members on whom per capita has been paid for the 24-month period ending the last day
of the third month immediately preceding the convention. Newly affiliated locals which have been
affiliated for as much as three months of that period but less than all of it, shall have the number
of delegates and votes based upon the total per capita tax paid for the months affiliated divided by
24. The schedule of representation shall be as follows:

                   100 members or less ......              .......   .......   ........ 1 delegate
                   101 to 300 members .......              .......   .......   ........ 2 delegates
                   301 to 600 members .......              .......   .......   ........ 3 delegates
                   601 to 1,000 members ....               .......   .......   ........ 4 delegates
                   1,001 to 1,500 members ..               .......   .......   ........ 5 delegates
                   1,501 to 2,100 members ..               .......   .......   ........ 6 delegates
                   2,101 to 2,800 members ..               .......   .......   ........ 7 delegates
                   2,801 to 3,600 members ..               .......   .......   ........ 8 delegates
                   3,601 to 4,500 members ..               .......   .......   ........ 9 delegates
                   4,501 to 5,500 members ..               .......   .......   ........ 10 delegates

                   For each additional 1,000
                   members or fraction thereof ..... ....... ........ 1 delegate

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       Locals which have been affiliated for less than three months of the immediately preceding
24-month period ending the last day of the third month immediately preceding he convention, or
which have affiliated since that period, shall be entitled to one delegate and one vote. Locals
which are not in good standing, that is, three or more months in arrears of per capita tax
payments, shall not be entitled to any delegates or votes. If a merger of affiliated unions occurs
during the 24-month period ending the last day of the third month immediately preceding the
convention, the merged local shall be entitled to votes based on the per capita taxes paid by each
of the merging affiliates.
       Section 2. (a) Councils and Associate Membership Organizations. Councils and associate
membership organizations authorized by the AFL-CIO shall be entitled to one delegate and one
vote. The state union retiree council, composed of union retiree councils affiliated with local
central bodies, shall be entitled to one delegate and one vote.
       (b) Constituency Groups. A state chapter, or local chapter if no state chapter exists, of an
AFL-CIO constituency group shall be entitled to one delegate and one vote. No AFL-CIO
constituency group, or its delegate, may be present for or have voice or vote in any meeting or
proceeding concerning the endorsement of a political candidate or other partisan political activity
concerning public elected office by this state federation, nor may any constituency group, or its
delegate, be present for or have voice or vote in any meeting or decision of this state federation’s
Committee on Political Education.
       (c) Alliance for Retired Americans. The State Council of the Alliance for Retired Americans
shall be allowed one delegate and one vote. This delegate shall be a member or retiree of a local
union affiliated with this state body, except if the delegate’s home local union is located in a
different state, the delegate may serve provided that the home local is affiliated and in good
standing with the state central body in that state.
           Section 3. Delegates from local unions and councils shall be members of a local union
    affiliated with and in continuous good standing with the Montana State AFL-CIO. A qualified
  delegate from an affiliated local union may also be a delegate from an affiliated council and be
                                 entitled to one vote in that capacity.

                                   ARTICLE VII– ELECTION AND OFFICERS
       Section 1. Officers and Board. The executive officers of the Montana State AFL-CIO shall be
the President, Vice President and the Executive Secretary. The executive officers, the six (6)
District Board Members, additional District Board Members, and At-large Members elected pursuant
to this section shall constitute the Executive Board. Board districts whose affiliated membership is
in excess of 9,000 shall be granted one additional board seat. National or international unions with
more than 3,000 affiliated members shall be granted one at-large Board seat. In the event a
national or international union with more than 9,000 affiliated members has no member serving as
an executive officer, that union shall be granted two at-large board seats.
       Section 2. (a) Biennial Elections. The election of officers shall be held in each uneven
numbered year.
        (b) Registration Deadline for Caucus Elections. In order to vote in a district caucus
election, a delegate must be registered by the Credentials Committee before 11:30 a.m. on the
day district caucus elections are held. Later registration will not preclude a delegate from
participating in any other convention activities or business.

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       Section 3. Eligibility and Executive Offices. Any member of a local union affiliated with
and in good standing with the Montana State AFL-CIO is eligible for office, provided the candidate
is a member in good standing of the local union for at least one year. Candidates for executive
office must be actual residents of Montana for at least one year immediately prior to the election.
The residency requirement for executive officers and District Board Members is waived for a
Montana union member temporarily working out of state. If otherwise qualified, no member shall
be deprived of rights to nomination and election to office under this section until the executive
officer of the local of which he or she is a member has been notified by letter of the suspension of
the local union by the Executive Secretary of the Montana State AFL-CIO.
       Section 4. Board Chair. The President shall act as chair of the Executive Board. In the
absence of the President, the Vice President shall act as chair. In the absence of both officers, the
board shall elect a chair.
       Section 5. International Limitations and Hour of Roll Call—Executive Officers. The
executive officers shall be nominated and elected from the floor of the convention. Not more than
one of the executive officers shall be from any one National or International Union. Nominations
for officers shall be a special order of business at the hour of 4:00 p.m. on the second day of the
convention. The election of officers shall be a special order of business on the third day of the
convention. Election shall be by roll call vote, and it shall require a majority of all votes to elect.
       Section 6. International Limitation. Not more than one District Board member shall be
from any one National or International Union. Delegates whose board district has in excess of
9,000 members shall be encouraged to use the second seat to elect a representative who will
increase the diversity of the Executive Board. District Board members shall be nominated and
elected in caucuses of delegates from each of the respective districts. In the caucus meetings,
majority vote will be the rule and the candidate receiving the highest vote on per capita roll call
for District Board Member will be duly elected and have his or her name announced to the
convention by the Election Board. At any one time, a national or international union may hold only
one executive officer’s seat, and, depending on the number of affiliated members, one board seat;
or if holding no executive officer seat, no more than two board seats consisting of a combination of
either one district board seat plus one at-large board seat or two at-large board seats.
       Section 7. Choosing Between Two From Same International—Executive. If two or more
members from any one National or International Union are nominated by the district caucuses, the
delegates from the respective National or International will select one from those nominated for
District Board member. If this procedure fails, the convention will cast the deciding vote.
       Section 8. Choosing a Second Nominee. The district or districts whose candidate for
District Board member has been eliminated will return to caucus and proceed to nominate and
elect a District Board member as outlined in Section 7.
       Section 9. International Limitations—Vacancies. Nothing shall be interpreted to preclude
the authority of the Executive Board to fill vacancies between elections with a member of a
National or International Union that is already represented by an officer or an Executive Board
member.
       Section 10. Election by Roll Call. All executive officers shall be elected by a roll call vote.
All district board members shall be elected by a roll call vote if such roll call is demanded. The
votes, to which a local union is entitled, shall be apportioned equally among the registered
delegates from that local union. At-large members would be elected by their respective unions.
       Section 11. Eligibility and Districts. To be eligible to run for District Board member, a
candidate must be a resident of that district or work in the district or work for a labor organization
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that has members in the district unless on temporary out-of-state assignment as outlined in Section
3. District Board nominees will inform the district board caucus as to their place of residence.
In determining in which district caucus a delegate shall participate, consideration shall be given to
where he or she lives, works and is active in the local labor movement.
       Every local union whose jurisdiction exists in more than one district must submit a certified,
written notice to the Executive Secretary of the Montana State AFL-CIO so it reaches the state
office at least thirty (30) days before the convention convenes, designating in which district caucus
each delegate should participate and the portion of membership represented in each. Each local
union shall allocate representation in each caucus on the basis of where their membership is
actually residing. Any misrepresentation of membership totals or allocation statistics within each
district shall result in such local union’s loss of voting privileges in the district caucus meetings.
Local unions which do not submit the certified notice of caucus participation in the time-line noted
above may be allowed to make designations prior to the start of the convention, subject to the
approval of the convention.
       The districts for the District Board members shall be defined by counties, as follows:
       District No. One (1) — Kalispell-Libby area: Flathead, Lake, Lincoln and Sanders.
       District No. Two (2) — Missoula area: Mineral, Missoula and Ravalli.
       District No. Three (3) — Butte-Anaconda area: Beaverhead, Madison, Silver Bow,
              Deer Lodge, Granite and Powell.
       District No. Four (4) — Great Falls-Havre-Glasgow area: Cascade, Chouteau, Fergus, Judith
              Basin, Hill, Liberty, Pondera, Teton, Toole, Glacier, Blaine, Daniels, Phillips,
              Petroleum, Valley, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Garfield, McCone and Richland.
       District No. Five (5) — Helena-Bozeman-Livingston area: Broadwater, Jefferson, Lewis and
               Clark, Meagher, Gallatin, Golden Valley, Park, Sweet Grass and Wheatland.
       District No. Six (6) — Billings-Miles City area: Big Horn, Carbon, Musselshell, Stillwater,
              Treasure, Yellowstone, Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Prairie, Rosebud,
              Wibaux and Dawson.
       Section 12. Term. All officers elected shall take office thirty (30) days following their
election and shall continue in office for a period of two years.
       Section 13. Obligation. Before taking over their duties, elected officers of the Montana
State AFL-CIO shall take the following obligation:
       “I ______________ do hereby sincerely pledge my honor to perform the duties of my office
as required by the laws of the Montana State AFL-CIO and of the AFL-CIO, and to bear true
allegiance to the Montana State AFL-CIO and to the AFL-CIO. I will deliver to my successor in office
all books and other properties of the Montana State AFL-CIO that may be in my possession at the
close of my official term.”
       Section 14. Election Rules. All delegates shall be seated before commencing the roll call
and shall remain seated throughout the roll call. No person shall enter or leave the convention
except by permission of the chair. Entrances and exits shall be barred by the Sergeant-at-Arms
during the roll call.
       The Election Board shall name one of its members to call the roll and designate a chair for
the convention during the elections.
       Each delegate shall be furnished a list of affiliated organizations showing each organization’s
voting strength for the purpose of following the vote tabulation.


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        At the completion of the roll call the chair shall order the Election Board to ask those
affiliated organizations which passed or did not respond whether they wish to vote. If those locals
pass again or do not respond, they shall be ineligible to vote on that roll call.
        Next, the chair shall ask the question, “Does any delegate wish to change his or her vote?”
If there is no response, the chair shall order the tabulation after which no vote may be changed or
cast. This rule applies to both the elections for executive officers and for District Board members.
In the event no nominee receives a majority of the votes cast on the first roll call, all names
except the two receiving the greatest number of votes will be stricken and the roll called again.
        In the event of a tie vote the roll will be called again. If the tie is not broken on the second
roll call, the election shall be decided by lot.


                                    ARTICLE VIII – DUTIES OF OFFICERS
       Section 1. President. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the
Montana State AFL-CIO and to preserve order at those meetings. The President shall appoint all
committees not otherwise ordered. The President shall fill all vacancies on the Executive Board by
appointment, except as otherwise provided by Section 3 of this article, subject to the approval of
the Executive Board. In addition, the President shall assume such other duties as prescribed
elsewhere in this Constitution and By-Laws and what might be ordered by the Executive Board or
conventions.
       Section 2. Vice President. The Vice President shall assist the President in performing his or
her duties and shall act as President in the absence of the President. In case of disability, death or
resignation of the President, the Vice President shall fill out the unexpired term of the President.
       Section 3. Executive Secretary. The Executive Secretary shall assign the duties and direct
the activities of all hired personnel. The Executive Secretary shall have general supervision over
the COPE program and see that convention and board actions are carried out, report at each
meeting the work of the Montana State AFL-CIO during the preceding term, act as official secretary
of all conventions and meetings of the Executive Board and perform the duties that naturally
pertain to the office.
       The Executive Secretary shall be required to devote his or her time to the welfare of the
Montana State AFL-CIO and shall visit all central bodies and affiliated local unions when called
upon or when in his or her judgment it is deemed necessary to advance the interests of the
Montana State AFL-CIO. He or she shall represent the Montana State AFL-CIO at AFL-CIO
conventions.
       The Executive Board may adjust the salary of the Executive Secretary. The Executive
Secretary shall be compensated for travel expenses incurred while conducting the business of the
Montana State AFL-CIO.
       All correspondence, books, papers, the seal and effects of the Montana State AFL-CIO shall
be in the custody of, and be the responsibility of, the Executive Secretary. The Executive Secretary
shall sign all checks for the payment of all debts against the Montana State AFL-CIO; keep all
monies, accounts, documents, etc., in proper and correct manner; receive and collect all monies
due the Montana State AFL-CIO, and deposit receipts in the name of the Montana State AFL-CIO in
such bank or banks as the Executive Board may direct; and submit annually a statement of the
financial condition to the convention, along with the books, warrants, and complete and correct
statement of all financial transactions and other matters pertaining to the office.

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        When the proceedings of the convention are produced, one copy shall be distributed (to the
President of the AFL-CIO and to each affiliated organization) upon the request of that organization.
After each Executive Board meeting; the Executive Secretary shall produce copies of the minutes
and one copy shall be distributed to affiliated organizations upon the request of that organization.
        To comply with AFL-CIO rules, the Executive Secretary and all employees with fiduciary
responsibilities shall be bonded at the expense of the Montana State AFL-CIO in the sum of at least
$35,000.00. At the expiration of the term of office or removal from office, an audit will be
conducted by a certified public accountant and all monies, books, papers and other property of the
Montana State AFL-CIO in his or her possession shall be turned over to the successor.
        The Executive Secretary shall seek to ensure the labor performed for the Montana State AFL-
CIO is performed with union labor.
        In case of a vacancy in the office of the Executive Secretary by death, resignation or other
cause, the President shall take charge of the office until the Executive Board can be called into
session to select a successor for the unexpired term.
        Section 4. Audits. At the end of each fiscal year, December 31, a certified public
accountant shall be employed to audit the books and accounts of the Executive Secretary. The
Executive Secretary will mail upon request a copy of the audit to member or affiliate.
        Section 5. Executive Board. It shall be the duty of the Executive Board to conduct the
affairs of the Montana State AFL-CIO between conventions, at least quarterly, if possible. Meetings
of the Executive Board shall be subject to the call of the President, or by petition of a majority of
the Executive Board members. It shall assist the Executive Secretary in promoting all labor
measures adopted and endorsed by this organization that may be intended to advance the interest
and welfare of the working people of the state. Executive Board members shall call upon any
affiliated organization in the Montana State AFL-CIO upon request of the Executive Secretary. In
case of a strike or lockout involving any affiliated organization, the Executive Board may direct the
Executive Secretary to appeal to affiliated organizations to render the desired and appropriate aid
or assistance. Nothing in the constitution shall be held to compel sympathetic strikes. The
Executive Board shall ensure that all eligible employees are covered by a qualified pension plan.
        Section 6. Board Quorum. A majority of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum.
        Section 7. Mutual Assistance. Any organization affiliated with the Montana State AFL-CIO
requiring moral or financial assistance shall notify the Executive Secretary of the Montana State
AFL-CIO. If necessary, the Executive Secretary shall notify the Executive Board, which shall
encourage organizations of their respective localities to render all possible aid to the affiliated
organization. The Executive Secretary shall also send out circulars to aid the work of the board in
such cases.

                                    ARTICLE IX – OFFICIAL EXPENSE
       Section 1. Officers and Others. Duly authorized expenses of Executive Board members,
employees and others on official business of the Montana State AFL-CIO except as otherwise
provided shall be paid by the Montana State AFL-CIO. An itemized statement of expenses must be
submitted and must include receipts when charging expenses for lodging and public transportation,
and invoices for loss of wages or salary. The normal per diem rate will be not more than the
federal per diem rate while traveling in Montana or out of state. Per diem and incidental expenses
may exceed these rates with prior approval by the Executive Secretary, and if such expenses are
verified by receipts. When Executive Board members, employees or others on official business use

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a private automobile for official Montana State AFL-CIO business, they shall receive not more than
the current federal mileage reimbursement rate.

                                     ARTICLE X – CHARGES AND TRIALS
       Section 1. Procedures. Any Executive Board member of the Montana State AFL-CIO may be
impeached by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board on charges of misconduct in office, or of
violation of the laws of the Montana State AFL-CIO, in writing, by at least five or more locals or by
any Executive Board member of the Montana State AFL-CIO. An Executive Board member so
impeached shall be furnished with a written, detailed statement of the charges immediately upon
impeachment and shall be tried by the Executive Board at its next meeting, provided the trial is no
sooner than fifteen (15) days after delivery of the charges. The impeached Executive Board
member shall have the right to counsel and to face the accusers and witnesses against him or her
and to present evidence and witnesses in his or her behalf. In the event the charges are sustained
by three-fourths of all the members of the Executive Board, exclusive of the Executive Board
member under impeachment, the member shall be removed from office and the vacancy filled as
outlined in Article VIII, Section 1. The impeached Executive Board member shall have the right to
appeal to the next Montana State AFL-CIO convention, after which he or she shall have the right of
appeal under Rule 27 of the Rules Governing AFL-CIO State Central Bodies. An Executive Board
member under impeachment shall have no vote on the question of sustaining the charges.

                                          ARTICLE XI – REVENUES
       Section 1. Councils and Associate Membership Organizations. The revenues of the Montana
State AFL-CIO shall be derived as follows:
       Councils, the state union retiree council and associate membership organizations authorized
by the AFL-CIO shall pay $50.00 per year; $35.00 to be deposited in the general fund of the
Montana State AFL-CIO and $15.00 to be deposited in the COPE Education Fund.
       Section 2. Local Unions. (a) Effective January 1, 2008, the per capita tax shall be one dollar
($1.00), seventy-eight cents of which shall be deposited to the Montana State AFL-CIO General
Fund, twenty-two cents of which shall be deposited to the Montana State AFL-CIO COPE Education
fund.
       (b) Voluntary Organizing Fund. Affiliates of the Montana AFL-CIO are encouraged to pay an
additional $.10 per member per month to the Montana AFL-CIO to support affiliates’ organizing
campaigns. Decisions regarding the use of the Voluntary Organizing Fund will be made by the
Executive Board of the Montana AFL-CIO.
        (c) Local unions will pay per capita taxes on the same number of members the local unions
  pay to their National or International Union. The per capita tax shall be paid by check or money
   order and mailed directly to the office of the Montana State AFL-CIO at Helena, Montana. The
     Executive Secretary shall refuse to accept any per capita tax mailed contrary to the above
 provisions. The per capita tax for each month is due on the first day of the following month, and
must be paid by the end of that month or the local union shall be delinquent. (For example, the
per capita tax for January is due on February1st and must be paid by the end of February, and so
on.)
       Section 3. Suspension. Any local union which does not pay its per capita tax or authorized
assessments on time or not in accordance with Article XI, Section 2, shall be notified of that fact by
the Executive Secretary of the Montana State AFL-CIO. Any local union three months in arrears in

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per capita tax payments or assessments automatically becomes suspended from membership in the
Montana State AFL-CIO and can be reinstated only as provided in Section 4, Paragraph (b).
        Section 4. New Locals/Reinstatement. (a) New locals shall pay the regular per capita tax or
assessment for the current month in which they affiliate in lieu of an affiliation fee. Locals that
have never affiliated with the Montana State AFL-CIO, locals that have ceased to function since
affiliation, or locals that have not been affiliated for the past three years prior to their application
for affiliation, shall be considered new locals.
        (b) A local union or other organization which has been suspended or has withdrawn from
membership may be reinstated by payment of all amounts due at the time of suspension or
withdrawal and the current per capita tax or annual fee. However, for purposes of roll call voting,
the average membership of a reinstated local union shall be computed from the date of
reinstatement as if it were a newly affiliated local union, unless the local union pays the back per
capita tax for the full base period ending March 31.
        Section 5. Application. Local unions, councils, and associate membership organizations
authorized by the AFL-CIO desiring to be affiliated with the Montana State AFL-CIO shall apply for
application forms to the Executive Secretary of the Montana State AFL-CIO, who shall furnish the
forms free of charge. A state union retiree council, composed of union retiree councils affiliated
with local central bodies, may also affiliate with the Montana State AFL-CIO. The Executive
Secretary shall accept the affiliation of the above-named groups.
        Section 6. Assessments. Assessments may be levied upon affiliated unions by the Montana
State AFL-CIO at any regular or special convention or by the Executive Board. The assessments may
not exceed one month’s per capita tax for each levy.
        Section 7. Dispensation. Upon request, dispensation may be granted to an affiliated local at
the discretion of the Executive Board.
        Section 8. Budgeting. Prior to commencing a new fiscal year the Executive Secretary shall
prepare and submit to the Executive Board a recommended budget for the ensuing fiscal year. The
budget shall include the projected expenditures for both the General Fund and the COPE Education
Fund. The budget shall be broken into categories of expense and shall as accurately as possible
reflect the purpose for which the finances are allocated. The budget may prescribe that monies be
set aside in a dedicated fund for a specific purpose in some future year. After amendment and/or
adoption of the budget by the Executive Board, the budget shall become binding upon the
federation and may not be exceeded in any category or expense without prior amendment by the
Executive Board.

                             ARTICLE XII – LEGISLATION AND POLITICAL ACTION
       Section 1. Legislative Representation. The legislative activities of the Montana State AFL-
CIO shall be under the direction of the legislative representative, who shall conform to the policies
set forth by the convention of the Montana State AFL-CIO and by the Executive Board. The
legislative representative shall submit a written report of his or her activities and of the actions of
the Montana Legislative Assembly within thirty days of its adjournment to the Executive Board,
which shall cause the report to be printed and distributed to affiliated organizations. The
legislative representative shall also make a report to the annual convention.
       Section 2. Policy. No legislation which directly applies to the trade, craft, or occupation
under the jurisdiction of any affiliated organization shall be supported or opposed by the legislative
representative or any elected Montana State AFL-CIO officer except in conformity with convention
action and National AFL-CIO policy. The legislative representative or elected Montana State AFL-
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CIO officer may use his or her own judgment on legislative matters not supported or approved by
the convention.
       Section 3. Endorsements. All matters pertaining to endorsements of and support of, or
opposition to candidates for public office shall be referred to the Committee on Political Education
of the Montana State AFL-CIO.
       Section 4. COPE Created. The Executive Board shall establish the Committee on Political
Education and its powers, duties and methods of operations shall be consistent with the policies of
the Montana State AFL-CIO, the AFL-CIO and the AFL-CIO COPE.
       Section 5. Executive Secretary. The Executive Secretary is the legislative representative.

                         ARTICLE XIII – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY AND AMENDMENTS
       Section 1. Parliamentary. The latest edition of Roberts Rules of Order, Revised, shall
govern the Montana State AFL-CIO where they are applicable and consistent with the Constitution,
By-Laws or special rules of order of the Montana State AFL-CIO. In case of conflict between
provisions of this Constitution or the rules of the AFL-CIO, the latter shall prevail and appropriate
steps shall be taken by the Executive Board to change or modify this Constitution to bring it into
conformity with the AFL-CIO.
       Section 2. Amendments. This constitution may be amended by any regular convention or by
any special convention called for that intent and purpose, by two-thirds of the votes cast, provided
the proposed amendments(s) shall have been submitted in writing to the Executive Secretary at the
Montana State AFL-CIO and properly certified by the presiding or executive officer of an affiliated
organization or by a delegate representing an affiliated organization. Amendments may also be
proposed by the Executive Board of the Montana State AFL-CIO. All proposed amendments shall be
read in full at the meeting at which received and copies shall be made available to all delegates
and affiliates prior to final consideration. Amendments to this Constitution shall become effective
when approved by the President of the AFL-CIO.
       Section 3. Precedents of Authority. Constitutional or special convention actions shall be
the final governing authority of the Montana State AFL-CIO.




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              POLICY AND PROCEDURES




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                                                               PREAMBLE


       The Montana State AFL-CIO is of one mind with the national AFL-CIO (parent organization)
regarding the position of labor on federal issues. In keeping with current state-level issues, the
following Montana State AFL-CIO Policies & Procedures outline the position of the Montana labor
movement for all purposes including legislative and community action.

       The Policies & Procedures reflect basic working family values and should be considered in
concert with current resolutions adopted by the delegates to the annual Montana State AFL-CIO
conventions which are available at the office of the Montana State AFL-CIO. Adopted resolutions
expire two years following the date of their adoption.




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                                         POLICY AND PROCEDURES
                                                 OF THE
                                         MONTANA STATE AFL-CIO
                                As adopted by the 46th Annual Convention, June 28-29, 2002, Great Falls, Montana




                                                        Mission Statement
    The Montana AFL-CIO supports and advocates competitive salaries, fringe benefits, working
 conditions, and human, civil, and political rights for all working men and women everywhere they
                                   may be employed in Montana.

                                                      Strategic Objectives

         In order to realize its mission, the Montana State AFL-CIO shall:

     Organize Working men and women at every work site; and

     Secure and maintain collective bargaining rights for all working men and women; and

     Protect and enhance job opportunities wherever they may exist; and

     Solicit and secure the affiliation of all Montana public and private sector labor unions; and

     Develop and maintain a working legislative program outlining specific AFL-CIO objectives;
      and

     Promote and defend the AFL-CIO legislative program through concerted political action
      including candidate recruitment and support, lobbying, and ballot issue government; and

     Emphasize that Montana’s economy and quality of life cannot grow sufficiently without
      quality worker education, organization, involvement, and accountability in the marketplace
      of economic and political ideas.




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                     LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM
                            POLICY




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                                         Legislative Program Policy

                                                   Working Men and Women

The Montana State AFL-CIO supports

                        1.   A livable minimum wage
                        2.   Worksite safety
                        3.   Affordable, quality, health care insurance
                        4.   Defined benefit pension plans in every workplace for every worker
                        5.   Just cause & due process in the event of worker discipline or termination
                        6.   Adequate unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation

                                                  Union Rights and Security

The Montana State AFL-CIO supports

                        1. The right to organize without employer interference or retaliation
                        2. Collective bargaining including the right to strike or otherwise engage in
                           concerted activities for public and private sector workers

The Montana State AFL-CIO opposes

                        1. Right-to-Work
                        2. Paycheck protection

                                                                Tax Policy

The Montana State AFL-CIO supports

                        1. A progressive tax system based on the ability to pay
                        2. A tax system robust enough to adequately fund necessary public programs and
                           services, including public schools, kindergarten through higher education
                        3. Wise investment of the permanent coal tax trust to support public education,
                           infrastructure enhancement, and meaningful sustainable employment and
                           business development

The Montana State AFL-CIO opposes

                        1. A general sales tax
                        2. Initiatives and referenda designed to require all tax and fee questions to be put
                           to a public vote.

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                                           Public Programs and Privatization

The Montana State AFL-CIO supports:

                        1. Public elementary, secondary, and higher education
                        2. Local and state government programs designed to serve all the people.

The Montana State AFL-CIO opposes:

                        1. Privatization of vital public programs properly and historically provided by
                           state and local governments such as education, corrections, and healthcare
                        2. Prison labor that unfairly competes with private sector work opportunities

                                            Human, Civil and Political Rights

The Montana State AFL-CIO supports:

                        1. Equal employment opportunities for all public and private sector employees
                        2. The right of employees to be free from workplace harassment of any kind
                        3. The right of employees to exercise their U.S. and Montana State Constitutional
                           rights and responsibilities without fear of employer reprisal
                        4. The right of public employees to engage in political activities including running
                           for and holding political office


The Montana State AFL-CIO opposes:

                        1. Discriminatory hiring and employment practices of any kind against any
                             individual or groups of individuals.

                                                     Economic Development

The Montana State AFL-CIO supports:

                        1 Growing Montana’s economy with traditional & new economy high-paying jobs
                        2. Development of Montana’s natural resources in an environmentally defensible
                           fashion
                        3. Abundant and low-cost energy
                        4. Rapid and multiple methods of transportation
                        5. Private employers receiving public contracts to hire union
                        6. Davis-Bacon Act
                        7. Little Davis Bacon Act
                        8. Strong apprenticeship programs
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                        9. Best value contracting
                        10. Union neutrality agreements
                        11. Project labor agreements (PLAs)

The Montana State AFL-CIO opposes:

                       1 Globalization that shuts down Montana agriculture, business, industrial, and
                         natural resources development and value added processing
                       2 Expansion of international free trade agreements absent meaningful and
                         enforceable Human and labor rights and environmental protections
                       3 Project Labor Agreement bans
                       4 Extremist legal and political efforts to reduce or eliminate the forest products
                         industry in Montana.




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                                       COPE BY-LAWS




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                        COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION
                                    BY-LAWS

                                                            ARTICLE I - NAME

Section 1. This organization shall be known as the Montana State AFL-CIO State Committee on
Political Education, hereinafter called “Montana State AFL-CIO COPE.”

                                                         ARTICLE II - PURPOSE

Section 1. The Montana AFL-CIO State COPE is vested with the duty and responsibility for
developing and executing programs of political education which will encourage union members and
their families to exercise their full rights and responsibilities in the political process as citizens and
to take their rightful place in the political life of the local, state, and national communities.

                                                     ARTICLE III - COMPOSITION

Section 1. The Montana State COPE is a Standing Committee of the Montana State AFL-CIO and
shall be composed of the following members:

         a.) The Executive Board of the Montana State AFL-CIO;

         b.) The Political/COPE Director of the Montana State AFL-CIO;

         c.) Such additional members as may be appointed by the president with the approval of the
         Montana State AFL-CIO Executive Board.

                                          ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES

Section 1. The President and Executive Secretary of the Montana State AFL-CIO shall be the
Chairperson and Secretary-Treasurer, respectively of the Montana State COPE.

Section 2. The Chairperson may appoint a Screening Committee to make recommendations to the
Montana State COPE.

                                                ARTICLE V - POWERS AND DUTIES

Section 1. In addition to such other duties as may be assigned by the Montana State AFL-CIO
Executive Board, the Montana State COPE shall be responsible for planning, initiating, stimulating
and assisting campaigns to:

         a.) Encourage the qualification and registration to vote of members and their families.
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         b.) Insure maximum voting participation on election day.

         c.) Encourage members and labor-friendly individuals to seek public office.

         d.) Educate members and their families as to the various candidates positions on issues of
         importance to organized labor.

         e.) Support or oppose candidates and ballot propositions in both Primary and General
         Elections, pursuant to procedures set forth in Article XII, Section 3 of the Montana State AFL-
         CIO Constitution.

         f.) Assist in the effective solicitation of individual voluntary contributions to the Committee
         on Political Education Fund of the Montana State AFL-CIO.

         g.) Carry out a statewide voter registration program in cooperation with local CLCs.

         h.) Encourage and assist local affiliates and CLCs to recruit and train ten percent (10%) of
         their membership as political activists.

Section 2. The Montana State COPE shall provide assistance, direction, and coordination to the
political education work of the local CLCs with the state.

Section 3. The Montana State COPE shall meet at such times and location as it may determine and
shall also meet at the call of the Chairperson. The Chairperson shall call a meeting upon request of
25 percent of the Montana State COPE members.

                                                   ARTICLE VI - ENDORSEMENTS

Section 1. In an effort to maximize the collective political strength and unity of organized labor,
and with clear understanding of affiliated union autonomy, affiliates are encouraged to support
candidates and issues the Montana State AFL-CIO supports.

Section 2. The endorsement procedures of the Montana State AFL-CIO shall be as follows:

         a.) Action by the Montana State AFL-CIO to support or oppose shall be limited
               (1) to candidates in primary and general elections
                      (i) for the State Legislature,
                      (ii) for the U.S. House of Representatives,
                      (iii) for the U.S. Senate,
                      (v) for Governor,
                      (vi) for all other statewide offices; and
               (2) to constitutional and other ballot issues of statewide nature.




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         b.) Action to support or oppose candidates and statewide ballot issues shall be taken by the
         Montana State AFL-CIO at a regular or special convention or the action may be taken by the
         Montana State COPE Committee when representing the Montana State AFL-CIO between
         conventions.

         c.)    Except in situations which may arise to require change, the decision for
         recommendations to remain neutral or to endorse candidates or issues in a Primary
         Election, should be ratified as early as possible of the election year. As much as possible,
         endorsements for the General Election should be ratified during the Montana State AFL-CIO
         COPE Endorsement Convention of the election year.

         d.) Action to support or oppose candidates for the State Legislature shall be taken only
         after first considering the recommendations, if any, of the appropriate CLCs. In the absence
         of such recommendations, the Montana State AFL-CIO or Montana State COPE may act on its
         own initiative.

         e.) Montana State COPE is committed to the support of candidates for public office who, by
         their record or their statements, have demonstrated their support of the objectives to which
         the Montana State AFL-CIO is dedicated. Recommendations for endorsement shall be made
         only after considering information:

                   (1) voting records of the Montana State AFL-CIO and the National AFL-CIO

                   (2) recommendation by central labor councils

                   (3) incumbents leadership on key legislation

                   (4) stated support of Montana State AFL-CIO positions

                   (5) recommendations of president, executive secretary, COPE Director or
                   Montana State COPE.

                   (6) The committee may also consider union membership; electability; incumbent
                   candidate’s committee chairmanship and incumbent candidate’s committee
                   membership.

         f.) Recommendations on ballot issues, including state constitutional amendments and
         referendums, shall be based on a thorough review of their effect on the interests of the
         Montana State AFL-CIO and its affiliates.

         g.) The Montana State AFL-CIO COPE shall support the action of the National AFL-CIO on
         candidates for President and Vice President of the United States.

         h.) All final actions to support or oppose candidates or ballot issues, whether by Montana
         State AFL-CIO convention, or by Montana State COPE, shall require a two-third majority vote

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         of the votes cast. In the absence of a two-thirds majority, either to support or oppose, the
         Montana State AFL-CIO or Montana State COPE shall be neutral.

         i.) Officers and members of the Montana State COPE shall conform their activities with
         regard to candidates and ballot issues to the position of the Montana State AFL-CIO.

         j.) In accordance with Rules Governing CLCs (published by the National AFL-CIO) all CLCs
         shall support endorsed candidates for the state legislature, the U.S. House of
         Representatives, Appeals Court Justices, the U.S. Senate, Governor, and all other statewide
         offices and ballot issues. No CLC shall make any endorsement, direct or implied, with
         respect to any of the offices enumerated in this paragraph. The Montana State AFL-CIO and
         the Montana State COPE recognizes the exclusive authority of CLCs as may be involved in
         making endorsements for City or County offices and school board elections.

                                                        ARTICLE VII – FINANCES

Section 1.    The Montana State AFL-CIO COPE shall be financed by funds earmarked, or
appropriated, by the Montana State AFL-CIO, and by such funds as may be made available by other
organizations, for all it’s educational activities and programs, subject to the restrictions of federal,
state and local laws.

Section 2. The financial records of the Montana State COPE shall be subject to the reporting and
auditing provisions of the constitution of the Montana State AFL-CIO and to the requirements of the
AFL-CIO Rules Governing State Central Bodies and of applicable federal, state and local laws.


                                                    ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS

Section 1. These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of members of the Montana State
COPE when present and voting at any regular or special meeting thereof.

Section 2. Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing and provided to each member of
the Montana State COPE at least (30) thirty days in advance of voting.




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                 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE




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                                          ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
                                            POLICY STATEMENT
All but the wealthiest American families are working more hours, but taking home less real money.
The best long-term, effective way to increase wages and benefits for workers, and to improve
working conditions, is to organize. In the absence of labor law reform, organizing new members
remains difficult and expensive.

The more our trade union brothers and sisters from across union boundaries support and assist in
organizing new members, the more likely organizing drives are to be successful. The affiliated
unions of the AFL-CIO have indicated a new willingness for the federation to assist unions in
organizing.

The Montana State AFL-CIO Organizing Committee is a forum for affiliated union organizers to
combine their efforts, insights and strategies and to generate joint campaigns where appropriate,
and to develop a grassroots strategy to identify and recruit community and religious support for
organizing in all cases.


                                                  Organize the Unorganized

The Montana State AFL-CIO Organizing Committee is intended as a collaborative support network to
facilitate the trade union movement with an eye to organizing the unorganized and developing new
rank-and-file leaders for Montana communities; participation on the Committee is voluntary. All
affiliated unions or associations will continue to operate with their own autonomy. Official State
Organizing Committee-targeted campaigns shall not be raided.


                                                           Organizing Fund

Affiliated local unions are eligible to apply for an organizing grant from the Montana AFL-CIO
Organizing Fund. All requests shall be submitted in writing and shall include the name of the local
and international union requesting assistance, name and contact information of the organizer(s)
and the amount of financial assistance requested. A written organizing plan comprised of the
following criteria shall be submitted with the grant application. Compelling requests based on an
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                                                    Organizing Plan Criteria

    1. The local union is committed to a non-NLRB strategy that would incorporate Right-to-
       Organize themes. In the event a type of election is used, a demonstration of support
       indicated by a threshold of 75% signatures on cards would be encouraged.
    2. The drive should reflect strategic targeting that reflects an analysis of the industry, the role
       of the organizing target, and how it builds power and density in the industry.
    3. An analysis and research supporting the potential success of the organizing drive.
           a. Ability to gain recognition.
           b. The likelihood of getting a first contract.
    4. An equal or substantive commitment on behalf of the local union in resources dedicated to
       the targeted organizing drive.
    5. The targeted organizing drive should include the opportunity to train other organizers in
       field organizing techniques.
    6. The organizing drive should include a bargaining unit of at least twenty-five.

                                                               Application

The grant application and organizing plan shall be submitted to the Montana State AFL-CIO office.
The grant request shall be forwarded to the Chair of the Organizing Committee.

Upon receipt of the request, the Chair shall convene a meeting of the Organizing Committee; the
union applying for the grant may be asked to present the organizing plan to the Committee at said
meeting.

Upon review of the application and strategic plan, the Organizing Committee shall make a
recommendation to the Executive Secretary at which time, he/she shall conduct a poll of the
Executive Board and Officers.

Upon approval of the grant, a check shall be issued to the local union. Periodic campaign updates
and analysis shall be provided to the Montana AFL-CIO Organizing Committee and presented to the
Executive Secretary and Board Members.

The Organizing Committee may apply to the Organizing Fund to conduct periodic, strategic training
sessions of statewide organizers.


                                        As per Montana State AFL-CIO Constitution:

                                        Article XI -- Revenues
“Section 2. Local Unions (c) Voluntary Organizing Fund. Affiliates of the Montana AFL-CIO are
encouraged to pay an additional $.10 per member per month to the Montana AFL-CIO to support
affiliates’ organizing campaigns. Decisions regarding the use of the Voluntary Organizing Fund will
be made by the Executive Board of the Montana AFL-CIO.”

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                         HEALTHCARE POLICY
                            STATEMENT




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                                    Health Care Policy Statement

Because of the health care provider cost crisis that has nationally reached epidemic proportions in
recent years, which has resulted in skyrocketing health insurance premiums, the Montana State
AFL-CIO goes on record to commit time and resources into a feasibility study to investigate
establishing a “health care coalition.” This coalition would create a “pool” of trade unions whose
purpose would be to drive down the cost of medical coverage in this state by joining forces to
bargain for reduced prices from health care providers, i.e. hospitals and/or service providers.
After some preliminary discussions with union representatives, it was determined that with a
substantial pool, our collective bargaining contracts could be better negotiated. If there is
leverage buying, there would be reduced vender costs and possible provider discounts, particularly
in the area of prescription drug costs.

With these goals in mind, the Montana State AFL-CIO will continue researching and compiling data
on a comprehensive plan exploring the concept of a national pool of unions with the intent of
lowering health care insurance costs. The AFL-CIO will also explore the possibility of extending
participation in this pool to include those working families who cannot afford, nor have the
opportunity to join, an insurable group on their own. The Montana State AFL-CIO believes that
every citizen has the right to affordable health care — as well as affordable health care insurance
and prescription drugs — and will work tirelessly to gain those rights for all working families in the
state of Montana.




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                       Montana State AFL-CIO Executive Board
                                   2009 -- 20011
                                           Jim McGarvey, Executive Secretary
                                                  MEA-MFT, Helena

                                                 Jacquie Helt, President
                                            SEIU 775 NW Healthcare, Missoula

                                                  Kim Rickard, Vice-President
                                                     LIUNA #1686, Helena

                                                     Fran Marceau, District 1
                                                       UTU LO29, Kalispell

                                                        Dan Lee, District 2
                                                       USW #8-885, Missoula

                                                      John Forkan, District 3
                                                          UA #41, Butte

                                                       Al Ekblad, District 4
                                                      IUOE #400, Great Falls

                                                     Quint Nyman, District 5
                                                      LIUNA #1686, Helena

                                                       Bob Bloom, District 6
                                                        UBC #1172, Billings

                                                      Marilyn Ryan, At-Large
                                                       MEA-MFT, Missoula

                                                        Keith Allen, At-Large
                                                         IBEW #233, Helena




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                                                          Disclaimer
The Montana State AFL-CIO recognizes that not all affiliated unions support every
item in the AFL-CIO legislative program as adopted and amended from time to time
by majority vote by the AFL-CIO convention and executive board. AFL-CIO affiliates
remain absolutely free to pursue their own legislative agendas as their own member
and union interests dictate.




                                                         Montana State AFL-CIO
                                                             810 Hialeah Ct.
                                                            Helena MT 59601
                                                             (406) 442-1708
                                                            1-888-33-UNION
                                                           info@mtaflcio.org
                                                           www.mtaflcio.org




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