Members At Large Merger Guidelines
Who or What is a Member At Large?
Members-At-Large (MAL) are members who work in an installation where there is no chartered Local. MALs pay the national per capita rate and, in most cases, the State organization's dues.
Members-At-Large Mergers With an Active Local or an Area Local
- Members-at-Large (MAL) may seek to merge with either an active Local or Area Local that is within the jurisdiction of that Local or Area Local.
- Every MAL name is to be listed on a petition requesting merger. Each MAL must sign the petition by either checking the approving or disapproving section.
- If all MALs fail to sign the MAL Merger Request Petition, then a notice is to be posted on the bulletin board for at least fifteen (15) days and no more than thirty (30) days, in advance, providing the date, time and location when the MAL office will vote by secret ballot on the merger.
- If a MAL is on leave at the time the request is made, the petition is to be sent to the MAL at his/her last known address to afford the fullest opportunity for him/her to affix his/her signature to the petition noting the date when the petition is to be returned. A simple majority [fifty (50%) percent, plus one (1)] will prevail.
- The Local or Area Local is to post on your regular meeting notice, at least fifteen (15) days, but no more than thirty (30) days in advance, that a secret ballot vote will be conducted on the question of merging with (name of MAL office). Please specify the time/date and place of the meeting.
- At the regular membership meeting of the Local or Area Local, the Chair is to conduct a secret ballot vote on the question of merging with the MAL office.
- The question of merger must receive a majority vote [fifty (50%) percent, plus one (1)] of the members present and voting at the membership meeting of the involved merging Local or Area Local.
- The Local or Area Local is then to submit documentation relating to the merger request to the APWU National Secretary-Treasurer. This is to include the MAL Petition Form, the local or Area Local's Membership Meeting Notice, Minutes from this meeting and final tally sheet.The question of merger must receive a majority vote [fifty (50%) percent, plus one (1)] of the members present and voting at the membership meeting of the involved merging Local or Area Local.
- TWO-PAY PERIOD HOLD — After the initial work is processed by the Per Capita Section, the APWU National Secretary-Treasurer will notify the State President on the intended merger as stipulated by the National Executive Board at its May 23, 1989 meeting which adopted a resolution that future MAL mergers would be presented to the state organization prior to being implemented. The APWU National Secretary-Treasurer will then notify the Local or Area Local, after a two-pay period hold, that the MAL merger request has been processed. Copies of all letters will be sent to the Regional Coordinator, State President, Local/Area Local President and MALs.