CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
CAMPAIGN WORKERS GUILD
as amended, February 10th, 2019
Campaign Workers Guild is a labor union composed of and run by workers from across the United States of America. We are people of every race, ethnicity, national origin, age, physical ability, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and religion. We are a wall-to-wall union, including staff from every campaign department. Recognizing that we frequently alternate between management and non-management level roles, we seek to improve working conditions for all political workers. Unifying electoral and issue-based organizers from all levels of campaigns and other political workplaces, our union is a vehicle for our collective empowerment. By standing together, we improve working conditions, make organizing a sustainable career, and ensure that we are treated with the respect all workers deserve.
Though we come from diverse backgrounds, possess a variety of political views, and have held a range of campaign positions, we share these fundamental beliefs:
All workers deserve fair wages.
All workers deserve reasonable work hours.
Healthcare is a human right.
No one should have to pay to work.
Employer-provided housing should be safe and affordable.
No worker should face discrimination, retaliation, or sexual harassment.
as amended, February 10th, 2019
NAME OF ORGANIZATION
This organization’s official name is “Campaign Workers Guild”. It shall conduct business as “Campaign Workers Guild”, “The Campaign Workers Guild”, or “CWG”. Within these Bylaws, “Union” is defined as Campaign Workers Guild.
Campaign Workers Guild is a union consisting of campaign workers and workers in similar industries.
Campaign Workers Guild aims to improve working conditions, empower workers, and promote healthy career longevity.
The specific objectives of this organization include:
to collectively bargain on behalf of campaign workers and workers in similar industries;
to provide grievance representation;
to provide disciplinary representation; and
to advocate on the behalf of political workers and all workers.
MEMBERSHIP & DUES
CWG members must pay dues to remain in good standing.
Those working in a management role are eligible only for solidarity membership. If a member ceases working in a role that involves managing other CWG-eligible members, that member would become eligible for associate or working membership.
In relation to this Article, “management” shall be defined as those with authority to directly hire or fire workers.
Working Member status shall be open to any person who is actively represented under a Campaign Workers Guild collective bargaining agreement.
Working Member dues shall be at least $30 per month. The CWG Executive Council may authorize a lesser rate for unique positions such as interns, students, and part-time workers.
Working Members in good standing may attend membership meetings and participate in deliberations and votes at those meetings. Working Members shall have the right to vote in CWG elections and participate in other Union business.
Working Members may nominate and be nominated for the Executive Council.
Associate Member status shall be open to any current or former campaign worker (or anyone who has worked for other similar employers, as determined by CWG) that is not currently represented under a Campaign Workers Guild collective bargaining agreement.
Associate Member dues shall be at least $10 per month.
Associate Members in good standing may attend membership meetings and participate in deliberations and votes at those meetings. Associate Members shall have the right to vote in CWG elections and participate in other Union business.
Associate Members may nominate and be nominated for the Executive Council.
Solidarity Member status shall be open to any person who supports the mission, purpose, and values of the Union, and is management as defined above.
Solidarity Member dues shall be at least $10 per month.
Solidarity Members in good standing may attend membership meetings and participate in deliberations, but may not vote in any CWG election. Solidarity Members may participate in other Union business.
Solidarity Members may nominate and be nominated for the Executive Council to serve as non-voting members in accordance with Section VII(b).
Discipline and Expulsion. Members may be disciplined and/or expelled for behavior deemed unacceptable by the Executive Council.
Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Failure to pay dues,
Violation of the CWG Constitution or Bylaws,
Mishandling, misappropriating or otherwise misusing CWG funds or property,
Physical violence or assault of another CWG member, or the explicit threat thereof,
Working for an employer who has been sanctioned or otherwise subject to a labor action by CWG without CWG permission, or
Demonstration of discrimination toward another CWG member based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, age, physical ability, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, or other status that is an inappropriate ground for disparate treatment.
Investigations of unacceptable behavior will be undertaken by the Executive Council or designated committee. Charges will be written and specific. Members will have a reasonable amount of time to prepare a defense and will be granted a full and fair hearing. Discipline may include but is not limited to suspension and expulsion. Discipline will not include fines. Expulsion and/or active suspension precludes a dues-paying member from being in good standing for membership purposes.
All Associate and Working Members in good standing as of the time the nomination window closes shall have the right to vote, by secret ballot, for the candidate(s) of their choosing, in an election procedure that is fair and legitimate.
Elections for half (plus or minus one) of the seats on the Executive Council, plus alternates, shall be held annually. Those elected shall serve a term of two (2) years, commencing within two (2) months of the election. An alternate may be appointed to complete the term of an Executive Council Member in the event that member steps down or is removed from office.
Election Committee. An Election Committee consisting of at least two (2) Executive Council and/or general members in good standing, appointed by the Executive Council, will be established to oversee each election and tally votes. Election Committee members must not be seeking election while serving on the committee.
Nominations. Every Associate and Working Member has the right to nominate candidates, self-nominate, and/or be nominated as a candidate during the nomination period announced by the Election Committee, unless the Election Committee finds that further qualifications or earlier deadlines should be imposed to ensure the fairness of the election. Dues-paying members will be given timely and adequate notice of that right and the procedures required for such a nomination, but in no case less than fourteen (14) calendar days’ notice of their deadline to nominate or be nominated as candidate. To nominate or be nominated, members must contact the Election Committee as provided for in the Nominations notice.
Preparation. The Election Committee will be provided at least seven (7) calendar days to confirm nominations, prepare ballots, and otherwise prepare.
Campaigning. At least fifteen (15) calendar days before the election, the Election Committee will make public the names and information of all candidates on the ballot. At least one (1) general membership call or forum will be held in order for members to evaluate candidates.
Election. Elections will be held by secret ballot for a period of at least one (1) week. All members and officers of the Executive Council must be approved by a majority vote of the associate and working members. This provision need not apply to elections conducted via ranked-choice voting. In the event of a non-competitive election, where an officer position is uncontested, and/or the number of nominated candidates is equal to or less than the number of open seats, any member may move for the Secretary to approve election the single candidate or slate of candidates.
Results. Results will be published as soon as possible, but in no case later than forty-eight (48) hours after the close of each election.
Appeal. Members shall have the right to challenge election results or appeal the conduct of elections.
If members have concerns about the election process, vote count, and other general issues, members must contact the Election Committee within ten (10) calendar days. The Election Committee will review all relevant documentation and issue a finding within fifteen (15) calendar days.
If members have specific concerns with the Election Committee itself and/or its members, an attorney acting on behalf of the Campaign Workers Guild will review all relevant documentation and issue a finding within fifteen (15) calendar days of receiving the complaint.
Parliamentary Procedure. Any question concerning parliamentary procedure at meetings shall be determined by reference to Robert’s Rules of Order, latest edition.
Executive Council Meetings. Executive Council meetings will be held regularly and are open only to Executive Council members, unless the Executive Council votes to allow a guest or speaker.
General Membership Meetings. General membership meetings will take place on a monthly basis. General membership meetings are open to all dues-paying Associate, Working, and Solidarity Members of the Campaign Workers Guild.
Special Meetings. In order to call a special meeting, thirty percent (30%) of dues-paying members must petition the Executive Council, after which the special meeting will be scheduled within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of the petition.
Affiliation. Affiliation with any labor organization which requires a monetary commitment must be voted on and approved by a two-thirds (⅔) / vote of the voting, dues-paying membership.
General Powers. The affairs of the Union shall be managed by our Executive Council. The Executive Council shall have control of and be responsible for the management of the affairs and property of the Union, including but not limited to:
The Executive Council shall have the authority to disburse Union funds in the interest of the Union and its membership. Any and all disbursements will be appropriately documented.
The Executive Council shall have the authority to authorize demands to bargain by a majority vote.
The Executive Council shall have the authority to review Tentative Agreements to ensure that the Agreement is in accordance with the mission, purpose, and values of CWG. Thereafter, the Tentative Agreement will either be sent to the bargaining unit membership for a ratification vote or returned to the bargaining team for amendment.
The Executive Council shall have the authority to review and approve steward applications. Stewards must be dues-paying members. Bargaining unit members reserve discretion in determining which members to nominate as stewards.
The Executive Council shall have the authority to authorize strikes. A bargaining unit must notify the Executive Council twenty-four (24) hours in advance of a strike vote, which will be held amongst union members in the unit in coordination with the Executive Council. If the strike vote is being held within a bargaining unit covered under a ratified collective bargaining agreement, the strike vote shall be held amongst dues-paying members. If two-thirds (⅔) of those voting vote to authorize a strike, within twelve (12) hours the Executive Council must vote on whether to authorize the strike by a two-thirds (⅔) majority.
The Executive Council shall have the authority to nominate representatives to labor boards and organizations, by majority vote.
Number. The number of Executive Council Members shall be at least sixteen (16), at least four (4) of whom are the following officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Solidarity Members may be voted into advisory, non-officer positions within the Executive Council, so long as no more than one-third (⅓) of the Executive Council consists of Solidarity Members at any given time.
Tenure. Executive Council Member terms shall last two (2) years, effective April 2019.
Requirements, Eligibility, and Qualifications. Each member of the Executive Council shall be a dues-paying member of the Union who supports the purpose statement outlined in these Bylaws and is in good-standing with the Union.
Officers. The Union officers are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President and Vice President shall be elected by general members. The Secretary and Treasurer shall be internally elected by the Executive Council, based on availability and qualifications. The President or Treasurer shall sign all checks, unless the Executive Council authorizes another officer or member to do so by granting bank account access. All officers must be members of the Executive Council.
Forfeiture. Any member of the Executive Council who fails to fulfill any of their requirements as set forth in these Bylaws shall automatically forfeit their seat on the Council.
Resignation. Any Executive Council Member may resign by filing a written resignation with the President and Secretary. Presidential resignations will be filed with the Secretary. Secretarial resignations will be filed with the President.
Vacancies. Whenever any vacancy occurs in the Executive Council, exclusive of President and Vice President, an elected alternate may be appointed to fulfill the vacancy for the remainder of the departing member’s term. If the Presidency is vacated, the Vice President will serve as President for the remainder of the President’s term. An election will be held in case of vacancy of the Vice President position.
Regular Meetings. The Executive Council shall meet regularly. These meetings may be conducted via phone calls or videoconferences.
Quorum. A quorum for a meeting of the Executive Council shall consist of at least thirty-five percent (35%) of the Executive Council Membership, inclusive of officers and exclusive of Solidarity Members.
Voting. All issues to be voted on by the Executive Council shall be decided by a simple majority (over 50%) of those voting, unless otherwise specified.
Compensation. Members of the Executive Council shall not receive monetary compensation for their services as Executive Council Members; however, their authorized CWG-related expenses may be reimbursed.
The Executive Council may, at any time, vote to remove an Executive Council member for failure to fulfill responsibilities by a two-thirds (⅔) vote of all Executive Council Members. All Executive Council Members must receive written notice of the proposed removal at least fifteen (15) calendar days in advance of the proposed vote to remove. The officer or member of the Executive Council may appeal the decision to the general dues-paying membership, who may vote to reinstate the Executive Council Member by a three-quarter (¾) vote of all members participating in the vote.
Executive Council Members or officers may also be removed by vote of three-quarters (3/4) of the voting general dues-paying membership if in the membership’s judgment the best interest of the Union would be served thereby. If a general member requests the removal of an Executive Council Member, an Election Committee consisting only of non-Executive Council Members shall be convened to determine process. The Executive Council Member in question must receive written notice of the proposed removal at least fifteen (15) calendar days in advance of the proposed vote to remove. The Executive Council Member in question shall have the right to publicly defend themselves before the vote. An officer who has been removed as a member of the Executive Council shall automatically be removed from office.
Members of the Executive Council who are removed for failure to meet the minimum requirements in these Bylaws automatically forfeit their positions on the Executive Council and are not entitled to the removal procedure outlined above.
Committees. The Executive Council shall have the power to create ad hoc committees as needed.
BOOKS AND RECORDS
The Union shall keep complete books and records of account and minutes of the proceedings of the Executive Council, which will be accessible to members upon request.
Disbursement of Union Funds
The President or Treasurer shall sign all checks, unless the Executive Council authorizes another officer or member to do so by granting bank account access.
The Treasurer and at least one (1) other officer may authorize disbursements under $100.
The Executive Council must authorize any disbursement over $100.
Audit. The Union will be audited by an outside firm every five (5) years, or when required by law.
Dissolution of Union Funds. Upon dissolution, the Union’s funds will be donated to a 501(c)(3) charity as determined by the Executive Council.
This amendment process shall not apply to amendments to the amount of dues. All amendments to the amount of dues must be approved by a majority of voting general membership.
Until January 1, 2020, the Executive Council may amend the Constitution and Bylaws by majority vote at any regular or special meeting. The proponent(s) of the amendment shall provide written notice setting forth the proposed amendment to all Executive Council members at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to a vote on the amendment.
General membership will be notified of amendments to these bylaws within forty-eight (48) hours after ratification by the Executive Council. General members will have seven (7) days to request that the amendments be put to a general member vote. If ten percent (10%) of general membership so requests, a vote will be held within seven (7) days thereafter.