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ARTICLE VII - LOCAL UNION OFFICERS

Section 1. Nominations for officers of this local shall be made at a general membership meeting and shall be held in August of the even-numbered years. Nominations shall be accepted from the f loor and by mail. All nominations made by mail shall be accepted if they are received by the local secretary prior to the meeting date. Notice of the nomination process and meeting shall be mailed to all members no less than fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting date, based on their last known address registered with Local 2748. In cases where there is but one (1) nominee for an office, that nominee shall be declared elected at the August nomination meeting and shall take office immediately.

Section 2. All contested elections for officers of this local shall be by secret mail ballot.

Section 3. An election committee shall be appointed by the president and approved by the executive board. No candidate for current local officers shall be a member of the election committee. Within fifteen (15) days of the August nomination meeting, the election committee shall prepare and mail ballots to all members based on their last known address registered with Local 2748. Members shall have twenty (20) days to return their ballots. The election committee shall report the election results at the next local executive board meeting, and officers elected shall then be installed immediately. If no candidate received a majority of the ballots cast, the election committee shall conduct a runoff election by secret ballot per Appendix D, Section J, of the AFSCME International Constitution.

Section 4. Vacancies in the office of vice-president, secretary, or treasurer shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by vote of the executive board. In the event the office of president becomes vacant, the vice-president shall immediately become president for the remainder of the unexpired term of the president.

Section 5. In the event a chapter chairperson is elected to an executive office, he/she shall resign his/her office as chapter chairperson and the office of chapter chairperson shall be filled as provided in this constitution.

Section 6. All matters concerning nominations and elections shall be subject to the provisions of Appendix D, entitled Elections Code of the International Constitution, or of such appendix or amendment as may subsequently replace or be added to it.

ARTICLE VIII - DUTIES OF LOCAL UNION OFFICERS

Section 1. The president shall preside at all meetings of the local union and of the executive board. He/she shall be a member of all committees. He/she shall appoint all standing committees and all special committees of the local, subject to the approval of the executive board. He/she shall report periodically to the membership regarding the progress and standing of the local and regarding his/her official acts. He/she shall be an automatic delegate to the AFL-CIO conventions, AFSCME International conventions, and WSEU Council 24 conventions. If he/she chooses not to be a delegate, his/her delegate slot shall be filled in the same manner as all other delegate slots to said convention. He/she shall have the authority to act in a reasonable manner on behalf of the local between executive board meetings.

Section 2. The vice-president shall assist the president in the work of his/her office. In the absence of the president or in his/her inability to serve, the vice-president shall preside at all meetings and perform all duties otherwise performed by the president. He/she may, with the approval of the executive board, be authorized to act as co-signer of checks drawn on the local funds in place of either the president or the secretary-treasurer. The vice-president shall also be the chairperson of the standing committees of the president's choice.

Section 3. The secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all membership meetings and of all executive board meetings. He/she shall carry on the official correspondence of the local except as the executive board may direct otherwise. He/she shall perform such other duties as the executive board may require.

Section 4. The treasurer shall receive and receipt for all monies of the local union. He/she shall deposit all money so received in the name of the local union in a bank or banks selected by the executive board, and money so deposited shall be withdrawn only by check signed by the president and treasurer. He/she shall prepare and sign checks for such purposes as are required by the constitution or are authorized by the membership or the executive board. He/she shall prepare and submit the monthly membership report to the International Union office and see that a check is drawn in payment of the local's per capita tax each month and sent to the International Secretary-Treasurer. He/she shall keep an accurate record of receipts and disbursements and shall, quarterly, submit to the executive board members and chapter chairpersons monthly operating statements of the financial transactions of the local for the previous quarter. He/she shall be responsible for transferring to his/her successor in office all financial records, retention of which is required by Article IX of the International Constitution. He/she shall act as custodian of all properties of the local union. He/she shall, at the expense of the local union and through the International Union, give a surety bond for an amount to be fixed by the executive of the local union.

Section 5. The trustees shall make or cause to be made at least annually an audit of the finances of the local, including the finances concerning any health and welfare, pension, insurance or other benefit programs covering members of such local, and shall report to the membership on the results of such audit.