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common struggle

Constitution

12. the trial Member period is 3 months. atlarge members and national officers as well as proposals and discussion articles submitted by members. However. but the same responsibilities as a member. 11. supporters 3. 2% on income between $20. All potential members must go through a trial period.4 Local unions and the Delegate Council may suspend the membership of any member for cause. 2. supporters are adhered to the organization by the nearest Local union. if the national Conference doesn’t lift the suspension the concerned person is no longer considered a member. supporters are expected to pay regular dues and can serve as references for people interested in the organization in their area. 12. 11.3 the internal Bulletin shall contain reports from Local unions.000. and pay dues regularly. 11. 12. a member’s dues may be reduced further or eliminated by vote of the Delegate Council or national Conference.3 Members are responsible to their Local union and to the national Conference for their political activities. name the name of the organization is Common struggle. 12. 3% between $40. who will provide them with contact information and open a line of communication.2 A trial member is anyone who agrees with the positions and orientations of the Federation and who wants to become a member.6 Paper copies of the internal Bulletin and Pre-Conference Bulletin shall be provided to members and supporters on request. Dues 12. local unions 12.000$60. those with no Local union or at-large members in their area will be considered for membership by the Delegate Council.3 the exact amount paid shall be decided by the member and local treasurer with accommodations made for ability to pay.1 Members and trial members will be required to pay regular dues. the member concerned may appeal the suspension to the national Conference. supporters receive organization publications free of charge and are encouraged. 4. supporters have access to the organization’s e-mail lists and have the right to cast advisory votes at the national Conference.000. those who wish to join are to contact the nearest Local union or.7 of total dues collected by national treasurer 20% goes towards the Defense Fund. Common struggle will refer the applicant to that regional federation. (iv) Have the treasurer and delegate council ensure that the appropriate names have been removed from membership and email lists.1 Membership of the organization is open to all who agree to work and argue for its policies in their public political activity.6 Failure to pay dues will be handled in this way: (i) Have the treasurer compile a list of people who have not paid dues in over 1 year. and any unavoidable financial burdens. those who wish to contribute a higher percentage are encouraged to do so. the national secretary. 12.5 All members with e-mail addresses shall be entitled to post and receive messages on all internal e-mail lists. 2. also.1. membership 2. abide by its constitution. 4% between $60. 3. but not required to take bundle orders of publications for distribution in their area. those desiring to join as supporters need not attend as many meetings as potential members. they will be considered for trial membership. . if not residing or working in an area with a Local union. collected quarterly. supporters may be suspended by the same procedure as are members. if the Local union or Delegate Council doesn’t lift the suspension. if the applicant resides within the area of another regional federation which subscribes to the Anarkismo statement. Working Groups.000 and 5% on any income above that.000 a year.2 A guideline for dues payments is follows: a member shall pay 1% income of the first $20. they have the same rights as a supporter (an indicative vote). no message shall be forwarded off-list without permission of the sender.000-$40. 2. trial Member status can be approved by either the Delegate Council. (ii) Have the treasurer contact these people giving them a deadline to pay.000-$80. the Delegate Council moderates the e-mail list. (iii) terminate the membership of all those who have still not paid (nor have been in contact with the treasurer to claim hardship) after the deadline.1 supporter status is open to all people who agree with the Aims & Principles of the organization and wish to work with and assist it but either cannot or do not wish to fulfill member responsibilities at the time. 2. 12. dependents.5 supporters shall pay exactly half the dues of members.4 Each Local union shall submit a report to the internal Bulletin and at-large members are encouraged to submit reports. After attending several meetings. or the closest Local union. 11. and past quarters owed.4 in the event of extenuating circumstances (such as unemployment or incarceration).

(iii) organize the translation of articles from foreign papers.4 Quorum for the national Conference shall be 50%+1 of members. (ii) Keep a record of all international correspondence.1 the internal Bulletin shall be produced annually. national conference 5. When a Local union changes its delegates. no member is allowed to remain a member of the Delegate Council for more than 6 months every year.3. 6. and to send them our publications and news of our activities. 9. but only Local union delegates have voting rights. 9. 11.1 the basic unit of the organization is the Local union. he or she may delegate to have a proxy vote cast on a specific issue before the Conference. 10. 11. and similar organizations throughout and around Australia. Delegate council 9.4 no post within the organization may held by the same member for more than two consecutive years.3 Minutes shall be taken of all meetings and circulated to all members and supporters. (iii) Coordinate the Delegate Council and ensure that its mandates are recorded and carried out. . 5.3 Delegate Council Meetings 6. 6.3. internal Bulletin Editor: (i) Produce and circulate the internal Bulletin no later than three weeks prior to each national Conference. (iii) submit a financial statement for each iB and Delegate Council meeting. 5. All members are entitled to attend and speak at the Delegate Council meetings. Internal Bulletin & e-mail list 11. or by petition of 25% of the membership. and to be responsible for the writing of articles when requested by contacts abroad. international secretary: (i) Establish and maintain contact with similar organizations abroad. (ii) Keep a record of all national correspondence. national secretary: (i) Maintain contacts with Anarkismo.1 Members may not act contrary to the established policy of the organization. and delegate other responsibilities as deemed appropriate. the national secretary must be informed.1 Members meet in national Conference annually to review activities. 9. 6. 5. the Delegate Council is made up of delegates from each Local union.2 in the event that a member is unable to attend. allied. 9.3 the responsibilities of the national officers are: national treasurer: (i) Keep a record of all funds and financial transactions at the national level.2 All meetings are open to all members and supporters.2 the internal Bulletin will be sent to all members and supporters. no later than three weeks prior to each national Conference. elect national officers. (ii) Collect dues from at-large members.1 All decisions are taken by majority vote. Members who wish to act on an issue for which no policy exists have the right to act as the see fit so as they make clear that their position does not reflect that of the organization. decide on tasks and policies. (iv) Coordinate the national Conference and ensure that its mandates are recorded and carried out. Local unions are encouraged to rotate their delegates. minority rights 10.5 the national Conference is the supreme decision-making body of the organization. Proxy votes may only be cast when they correspond to specific items on the Conference agenda.2 Members who live and/or work outside of these areas will be members-at-large. organizational Principles 4.1 the Delegate Council meets at least once a month.8. (vi) Write a report on the national Conference for external distribution. 4. 6. (v) Keep all federation documents up to date. which consists of three or more members in a given area or workplace. minorities who disagree with any policy have the right to express their disagreement publicly so long as they make clear that their position does not reflect that of the organization. Each Local union selects and mandates its delegates to the Delegate Council.2 Motions to the Delegate Council can be made either by a Local union or by an individual by submitting them in writing to the national secretary at least 11 days prior to the Delegate Council meeting. Delegates are recallable by the Local union if they fail to obey their mandate.2 the national secretary is responsible for the co-ordination of the Delegate Council.6 Whenever possible the site of the national Conference should be rotated among the Local unions. 5.3 An Emergency national Conference may be called by any Local union by giving four weeks notice in the internal Bulletin. 6. However.1 the Delegate Council is responsible for the day-to-day co-ordination of the organization’s work between conferences. 5. 5.

5. iv) at the request of any two national officers. Delegate Council cannot amend the long-term perspectives section of position papers.5. an internal Bulletin Editor. the national treasurer and international secretary need not do so unless i) they have not provided a detailed.3.1 Delegates shall be responsible for casting the votes according to what was cast by their Local union. those amended proposals as passed must then be submitted to the membership for ratification.1 A working group may be established by the national Conference.1 the national Conference elects a national treasurer. if passed.4 Holding the Delegate Council Meeting 6. 6. 6.4. this requirement can be waived.7 treasury and/or Defense Fund disbursements of less than $100. the Delegate Council may discuss items that are not on the agenda and make non-binding suggestion to Local unions. the national secretary is responsible for receiving and tallying the votes of members-at-large and Local union delegates.5.2 Decisions made by the Delegate Council must reflect policy as decided by the national Conference. or a group of interested members.5. which may include split votes of some members for and some members against. However. the host Local union will provide the minute taker for the meeting in addition to its delegate. 6.1 the national secretary will attend all Delegate Council meetings.4. Working groups 6. Ratification of amended proposals shall be done based on tallying of individual votes of each Local union and members-at-large within two weeks of submission to the organizational listserv. 6.5.5. none of the national officers has a vote at the Delegate Council meeting. or emergency funds of less than $400. written report in the three weeks before the Delegate Council meets.3 normally at least ten days notice of Delegate Council meetings should be given. Any votes not tallied will be considered abstentions. A vote of 2/3 of a Delegate Council meeting is needed to delete the short-term perspectives section of a position paper. 6. and an international secretary 8. ii) through petition by 25% of the membership.3. 8. .6 the national Conference or a membership referendum may overturn any decision of the Delegate Council by a majority vote. the national secretary is responsible for co-ordinating and tallying this vote with the assistance of Local union secretaries. these should be returned at the next Delegate Council meeting. 6. national officers 8. A quorum of the membership must vote. 6.4.3 the Delegate Council may initiate discussion with a view to encourage discussion of particular issues in Local unions or with a view to changing policy at the national Conference. it may not alter any existing policy. 6.3 Each Local union of the organization able to provide the needed infrastructure will host the Delegate Council in rotation.4 the Delegate Council can set interim policies. the Delegate Council.4 the delegates have the discretion to accept amendments to proposals. 7. a national secretary.2 Quorum for Delegate Council meetings is 50% + 1 of delegates.5 Delegate Council Decision Making 6. if an urgent issue arises which requires an emergency meeting. A Working Group may develop draft policies to be presented to the national Conference for decision.5 All Local unions are required to implement decisions made on items contained in the agenda circulated 10 days before the Delegate Council meeting. 6.6. the request will be decided by the Delegate Council. A simple majority is sufficient to add section to the short term perspectives section of a position paper. iii) at the request of one third of the delegate council delegates. after Local unions have had the chance to mandate delegates.5. ii) a Local union has requested they attend the meeting. no quorum of votes is required. individuals can propose motions that all Local unions discuss some item in the same way that other motions are made. and either be overturned or upgraded to decisions. 7. do not need to be brought to the Delegate Council as long as the request is posted to the internal list-serve three days before the disbursal is made and no objections are raised. special meetings may be called: i) through a motion passed by a Local union. Local unions are expected to have vote on all motions submitted on time to the Delegate Council.2 All national officers are subject to recall by the Delegate Council or a general membership referendum. these interim policies must be compatible with the general section of existing position papers. if objections are raised.6 Minutes of all Delegate Council meetings will be circulated internally. 6. 6. it is the responsibility of each Local union secretary to see that this issue is discussed in their Local union before the next Delegate Council.