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UAW Constitution - Duties Of International Officers

ARTICLE 13

International President


Section 1. The International President shall preside at all sessions of the International Convention and all sessions of the International Executive Board. The International President shall perform such other duties as are necessary to protect and advance the interests of the International Union, and shall report her/his activities to all Local Unions and the general membership through the official publication. The International President shall report her/his activities to the quarterly meeting of the International Executive Board for approval or rejection and to the International Convention.

Section 2. Between sessions of the International Executive Board, the International President shall execute the instructions of the International Executive Board and have full authority to direct the working of this organization within the provisions of this Constitution and shall report her/his acts to the regular quarterly meeting of the International Executive Board.

Section 3. As set forth in this Constitution or voted by the International Executive Board, the International President shall assign any elected officer to represent or direct the workings of this International Union.

Section 4. The International President shall have power to withdraw any field assignment made to any elected officer when s/he becomes convinced that the officer has been derelict in her/his duty or been guilty of a dishonest act. Such withdrawal of assignment shall not act to suspend the vote or pay of such an officer, which power lies only in the International Executive Board as provided in this Constitution. Any officer whose assignment is withdrawn may follow the procedure outlined in Article 12, Section 10, to convene the International Executive Board. If the International Executive Board reaffirms the original assignment, then the President shall not again suspend this assignment.

Section 5. The International President shall appoint such Representatives as s/he may deem necessary from time to time such appointments to be pending the approval of the International Executive Board. The International President may remove from the payroll any Representative derelict in the performance of any duty, guilty of any dishonest act, or to conserve the finances of this International Union, pending the approval of the International Executive Board at its next session.

Section 6. After submitting recommendations to the International Executive Board, the International President shall hire such legal, technical or professional help as is necessary to efficiently operate such departments of this International Union, except in the department of the International Secretary-Treasurer.

Section 7. The International President shall fill by appointment all vacancies occurring in the International Office Staff, except in the department of the International Secretary-Treasurer as otherwise provided for in this Constitution.

Section 8. The International President shall decide disputes or questions in controversy, including all questions involving interpretation of this Constitution, except such cases as follow the procedure and conditions as outlined in this Constitution; all her/his decisions being subject to appeal, first to the International Executive Board and then to the Convention. Notice in writing of appeal of any decision of the International President must be filed with the International Secretary-Treasurer and the International President within thirty (30) days from date of decision.

Section 9. International President shall have authority to call special meetings of Councils or Local Unions whenever s/he deems such meetings necessary to protect the interests of its membership, after proper notification or consultation with officers of subordinate bodies involved. The International President shall have the authority to delegate such duties to any International Officer or Representative s/he may name, provided such delegation of authority is written, signed by the International President and bears the seal of the International Union.

Section 10. The International President shall convene regular and special sessions of the International Executive Board whenever necessary.

Section 11. The International President shall be empowered to grant Local Unions or units dispensations relating to initiation fees, per capita tax and/or Strike Assistance Fund dues, to the International Union with the approval of the International Executive Board, when in the International President's judgment
such dispensations will add to the growth of or conserve the interests of this International Union.

Section 12. The International President shall devote all her/his time to the affairs of this International Union, executing the instructions of the International Executive Board and exercising general supervision over all departments of this International Union.

Section 13. During the International President's term of office s/he shall establish her/his residence in the metropolitan area of the city where the headquarters of this International Union is established.

International Secretary-Treasurer

Section 14. The International Secretary-Treasurer shall attend all sessions of the International Convention and of the International Executive Board. The International Secretary-Treasurer shall cause to be recorded the proceedings of the International Convention and meetings of the International Executive Board. The International Secretary-Treasurer shall have charge of and preserve all books, documents and effects of the International Office, except such records as properly belong to the Office of the International President. The International Secretary-Treasurer shall issue receipts for monies paid to the International Union, pay all bills and current expenses, unless otherwise ordered by the International Executive Board. All expenditures shall be paid by checks countersigned by the International President when the latter is satisfied of their correctness. The International Secretary-Treasurer shall keep copies of all important correspondence sent out and received by her/his office. S/He shall submit expenses of each officer and employee, together with a detailed statement of receipts and disbursements of all money belonging to the International Union, to the International Executive Board and the International Trustees.

Section 15. The International Secretary-Treasurer shall be the custodian of the funds of this International Union. S/He shall deposit sufficient funds of the International Union in some responsible bank or banks to meet current obligations of the International Union and shall invest the remainder of the funds under procedures and standards determined from time to time by resolution of the International Executive Board.

Section 16. The seal of the International Union shall bear the following words: "International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)." The seal of this International Union shall bear the design representing the Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement divisions of this International Union. The International Executive Board shall be authorized to adopt a seal appropriate with the above provisions. The seal of the International Union shall be held by the International Secretary-Treasurer in trust for the use of the membership in their organization affairs; and s/he shall prosecute any and all proceedings proper to prevent the wrongful use of or imitation of the seal or of the name "International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)." The International Secretary-Treasurer shall also take such measures as may be necessary to register or copyright the seal, and the International name, the label, insignia and any other property of the International Union that s/he may consider necessary to copyright or register.

Section 17. The International Secretary-Treasurer shall give a bond, amount of which shall be determined by the International Executive Board and paid for by the International Union to insure faithful discharge of her/his duties.

Section 18. The International Secretary-Treasurer shall perform such other duties as are herein provided for in this Constitution or may be assigned to the International Secretary-Treasurer by the International Executive Board.

Section 19. When a Local Union has failed to report and pay the per capita tax as provided for herein, the International Secretary-Treasurer shall notify the Local Union President and Board of Trustees of that fact.

Section 20. The International Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a complete record of the membership of the International Union.

Section 21. The International Secretary-Treasurer shall, with the consent of the International Executive Board, employ such assistants as may be necessary to conduct the affairs of her/ his office.

Section 22. The International Secretary-Treasurer shall issue a standard "Work Permit" card which shall be furnished to Local Unions at cost. Such work permit shall be cancelled or renewed thirty (30) days following the date contained thereon. The charge for each work permit or renewal by the Local Union shall be not less than the amount of the monthly dues set by the Local Union, one-half (1/2) of which shall be paid to the International Union. It shall be left to the discretion of the Local Union to determine the duration of the period for which work permits are issued. In no case, however, shall work permits be issued to any worker for a period of more than three (3) consecutive months.

International Executive Board Members

Section 23. An International Executive Board Member shall have direct supervision over all organizational activities within the region from which s/he is elected. In case a geographical district has more than one Regional Board Member, the Board Member's activity shall be confined within a definite area within her/his region, which area shall be clearly defined by the International Executive Board. 

Section 24. The International Executive Board member's field of activity shall be limited to work places within her/his region unless directed to other activities at the direction of the International Executive Board or the International President.

Section 25. The International Executive Board Member shall examine all contracts negotiated within her/his region before they are signed and submit them to the International Executive Board with her/his recommendation, negotiate disputes with the bargaining committees wherever possible, act to obtain favorable legislation for labor and work for the general welfare of the membership.

Section 26. Where district councils are established within her/his region, the International Executive Board Member shall attend their meetings when possible and work in cooperation with such councils. The International Executive Board Member shall submit quarterly reports of organizational activity within her/his region to the International President and also to the International Executive Board fifteen (15) days prior to the convening of the quarterly meeting of the International Executive Board for its approval.