Boston Newspaper Printing
Pressmen’s Union Local No. 3
Graphic Communications Conference
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
As amended 2010
ORDER OF BUSINESS
(For Regular Meetings)
1. Reading of the minutes of the last meeting and approving of the same.
2. Report of the Secretary-Treasurer.
3. Nomination, election, and installation of Officers.
4. Initiation and obligation of new members.
5. Report of the Board of Trustees.
6. Report of the President/Business Representative.
7. Chapel Reports.
8. Report of Delegates to Central and Delegated Bodies.
9. Report of Committees.
10. Unfinished business.
11. New business.
12. Good and Welfare of the Local Union.
To cherish, protect, and promulgate our interests and rights as workers, to unite more
closely the members of our calling, to enable efficient workers to obtain wages
proportionate to their labor; to enable employers to obtain the best workers; to cultivate
and improve the social ties existing between members of our craft; to abolish injurious
privileges; to elevate the standing of our craft, and to bring all under constraint of
We, THE BOSTON NEWSPAPER PRINTING PRESSMEN UNION NO. 3, in
associated brotherhood, do declare that the above are the principles and purpose of our
organization, and in furtherance of these principles, we do enact the following
Constitution and By-Laws.
TO OUR MEMBERS
It is the duty of each member to have a copy of the Constitution and By-Laws which are
intended for your instruction and your most careful consideration with a view of conforming
yourself entirely to their guidance.
They are the result of mature consideration and are believed to be, and it is hoped it will
be, if you carefully follow them, a sufficient guide to enable you to so regulate your
conduct in the business, that you, by your example, may be instrumental in preserving the
mutual respect, which has heretofore existed among us.
The Union is the unflinching advocate for a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work, but will,
if necessary, as rigidly enforce the practice of duty and honor on the part of its members
towards their employers, so that while advocating for ourselves the rights as an
employee, the right of the employer shall not be lost sight of. It is believed that if you will
strive to bear these facts in mind, it will not only result in attaining for ourselves that
position in society to which we rightfully belong; but at the same time, will eventually
bring about a more harmonious condition of affairs between employer and employee
whereby grievances may be amicably and satisfactorily adjusted.
*All references to Pressmen and Chairmen in this Constitution and By-Law shall be
interpreted to be gender neutral.
Jurisdiction and Objects
Sec. 1. This organization shall be known as the BOSTON NEWSPAPER PRINTING
PRESSMEN UNION NO. 3, subordinate to the Graphic Communications International
Sec. 2. The jurisdiction of this Local Union shall be Boston, Massachusetts and all
surrounding territory, including satellite plants.
Sec. 3. The object of this Union shall be to use every honorable endeavor to better the
conditions of its members in the manner indicated in the preamble of this Constitution.
Sec. 1. The union shall be composed of practical newspaper web and offset pressmen and
Paperhandlers, who shall each, receive a copy of the Local Constitution and By-Laws,
and the existing contracts, and comply with its provisions.
Oath of Obligation
Every person admitted as a member of the Union shall be obliged to take the obligation:
I______________________________________________________, hereby solemnly
pledge my honor that I will not reveal any business or proceedings of any meeting of this
Union or any other subordinate Union to which I may hereafter be attached, except to
those whom I know to be members in good standing and that I will without equivocation
or evasion abide by the Constitution and By-Laws and the adopted scale of prices.
I further promise that I will at all times abide by the decision of the majority of the Union
and use all honorable means to procure employment for members of this Union. I further
declare that I am not a member of any other organization claiming jurisdiction of or
under the GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE OF THE
INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS.
I further promise that I will not wrong a member or see them wronged if within my
power to prevent it.
To all of which I pledge my most sacred honor.
Sec. 1. The elective officers of this Union shall consist of a President/Business
Representative, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Sergeant-at-
Arms, and a Board of Trustees.
Sec. 2. The Board of Trustees shall consist of thirteen (13) members: The
President/Business Representative, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Recording
Secretary, and nine (9) elected Board Members.
The nine (9) elected Board Members shall consist of the following:
Three (3) Journeymen Pressmen Representatives of the Boston Globe Chapel.
Two (2) Journeymen Pressmen Representatives of the Boston Herald Chapel.
One (1) Journeyman Pressman Representative of the Suburban Newspaper Chapels.
One (1) Full-Time Paperhandler Representative of the Paperhandler Division.
Two (2) Journeymen Pressmen Board Members who shall be elected at-large.
The Chapel, Suburban Shop, and Paperhandler Representative slots shall be determined
by the highest vote totals of all candidates from that Chapel, group of Suburban
Newspaper Chapels, or Paperhandler Division.
All shall be elected as prescribed in ARTICLE II of the By-Laws.
Sec. 3. For the local election held in May of 2008, elective officers shall hold their offices
for a term that shall expire on December 31, 2010. Effective with the local election held
in 2010 and thereafter, elective officers shall hold their offices for a term of three (3)
Sec. 4. Before the officers-elect shall enter upon the discharge of their duties, they shall
take the following obligation:
I, _________, pledge my honor that I will, to the best of my ability, fulfill the
duties devolving on me as an officer of this Union, and that I will act in my
elected capacity for the benefit of the members.
Sec. 5. A person shall be eligible to hold office during the period of their term only so
long as they continue to be an active member of the body, which they represent and
satisfy the requirements, which qualified them to run for office at the time of their most
Duties of Officer
Sec. 1. Duties of the President/Business Representative.
The President/Business Representative shall preside over all meetings of this Union and
conduct the same in strict conformity to the Constitution and By-Laws of this Union and
the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
The President/Business Representative shall conduct all business of this Union, and shall
sign all bills, checks, and orders with the Secretary-Treasurer as authorized by this
The President/Business Representative shall cooperate with the Graphic Communications
International Union in securing and maintaining Union conditions in pressrooms.
The President/Business Representative shall ascertain that all contracts between employers
and this Union are rigidly enforced.
The President/Business Representative shall be bonded in the amount of twenty-five (25)
percent of all assets plus receipts, said bonding to be paid for by the Union, and may be
increased or decreased by the Union.
The President/Business Representative shall appoint Chapel Chairmen in Chapels
neglecting to elect a Chairman.
The President/Business Representative shall have the authority to have the Chairman of a
Chapel accompany him to such conferences as deemed necessary. The Chapel Chairman
shall be paid a day’s pay for each day spent in the service of the Union at such conferences.
The President/Business Representative shall be a member ex-officio of all delegations
The President/Business Representative shall be a delegate to all conventions and conferences
and his/her expenses shall be paid for by the Local Union. The expenses to be
presented to the body for approval.
The President/Business Representative shall be paid the current salary (see audit 1985)
and in future years will receive the same percentage increase as the Boston Globe
The President/Business Representative shall receive from the Local Union the highest
amount of R.I.F. benefits of any contract within the jurisdiction of the Boston Local
Union. This shall be paid to him/her monthly.
The President/Business Representative shall receive the highest amount of benefits of any
contract within the jurisdiction of the Boston Local Union.
The President/Business Representative shall receive fifty (50) dollars per week for
personal expenses, thirty (30) dollars towards home phone per month, and shall receive a
fifty (50) dollar stipend for all Union meetings attended.
The President/Business Representative shall be reimbursed for all other Union related
expenses. Receipts for these Union related expenses shall be submitted to the Secretary-
Treasurer and approved by the Board of Trustees.
The President/Business Representative shall receive full Health and Welfare coverage.
At the expiration of his/her term of office, the President/Business Representative shall
turn over to this Union all papers, letters, documents, or other articles, which have come
into his possession as President/Business Representative of this Union.
Sec. 2. Duties of the Vice President.
In the absence of the President/Business Representative, the Vice President shall assume
all the duties of the office of the President/Business Representative and shall also
discharge the duties of the chair when called upon by the President.
The Vice President shall be a delegate to all conventions and conferences and his/her
expenses shall be paid for by the Local Union, The Vice President shall receive a fifty
(50) dollar stipend for all Union meetings attended.
Sec. 3. Duties of the Secretary-Treasurer.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep the financial books of the Local Union.
It shall be the duty of the Secretary-Treasurer to attend all meetings of the Local Union.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a card filing system wherein each member’s name
shall be inserted in such a manner as to show their financial standing, their International
number, when and how he/she was initiated or admitted to membership, expelled, withdrawn,
The Secretary-Treasurer shall deposit all monies in a suitable bank in the name of the
Boston Newspaper Printing Pressmen’s Union No. 3.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall have charge of all legal instruments and papers, evidence
of the investments and disposition of all funds.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall submit his/ her books and vouchers for an annual audit.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall make no disbursements without an order from the Local
Union counter signed by the President/ Business Representative.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall be bonded in the amount of twenty-five (25) percent of all
assets plus receipts, said bonding to be paid for by the Union, and may be increased or
decreased by the Union.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall be a delegate to all conventions and conferences and.
his/her expenses shall be paid for by the Local Union. The expenses to be presented to
the body for approval.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall receive thirty (30) dollars towards his / her home phone per
The Secretary-Treasurer shall be a member ex-officio of the Finance Committee.
For the faithful performance of his/her duty, the Secretary-Treasurer shall receive three
(3) days pay at the highest scale within the jurisdiction of this Union per week.
At the expiration of his/her term of office, removal, or resignation, the Secretary-
Treasurer shall turn over all books, records, or other papers, property of the Local Union
that may have come into his/her possession as Secretary-Treasurer of this Local Union.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall give thirty (30) days notice of his/her resignation.
Sec. 4. Duties of the Recording Secretary.
It shall be the duty of the Recording Secretary to attend all meetings of the Union.
The Recording Secretary shall keep a correct record of the proceedings of the meetings of
the Union in a book furnished by the Union, said record to be known as the Minute-Book
of the Union.
The Recording Secretary shall record all alterations, amendments, or new additions to the
Constitution or By-Laws of this Union that may have been adopted in accordance with
The Recording Secretary shall furnish the Secretary-Treasurer with a list of all bills and
other disbursements of finances that have been ordered by the Union before the same
shall be paid.
For the faithful performance of his/her duties, the Recording Secretary shall receive one
(1) week wages at the highest scale within the jurisdiction of this Union per year.
Upon his/her resignation or removal from office, the Recording Secretary shall turn over
all books, papers, or documents bearing any relation to this Union which may be in his /
her possession to his/her successor.
Sec. 5. Duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms.
The Sergeant-at-Arms shall be present at all regular or special meetings and elections of
The Sergeant-at-Arms shall assist the Presiding Officer in preserving decorum during the
meetings and elections of this Union and carry out any instructions of the Presiding
Officer having for their purpose the preserving of order and decorum.
The Sergeant-at-Arms shall keep an attendance list at each meeting, which shall be
signed by each member. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall permit no member, or person not a
member, to enter the meeting if, in his judgment, such member or person is not entitled to
enter. No member shall be admitted to a meeting without being vouched for by the
The Sergeant-at-Arms shall at all times call to the attention of the Presiding Officer that
he/she has refused admission to any member or person, and state the reason(s) for doing
so, and then, be governed by the decision of the chair.
The Sergeant-at-Arms shall permit no member to leave the meeting before final adjournment,
without the permission of the Presiding Officer.
For the faithful performance of his/her duties, the Sergeant-at-Arms shall receive one (1)
week wages at the highest scale within the jurisdiction of this Union per year.
Sec. 6. Duties of the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees shall hold its meetings at least once a month for the consideration
of such business as may be brought before it. A majority of the members of the Board of
Trustees shall constitute a quorum.
From the nine (9) elected Board members, the Board shall elect their own officers, consisting
of a Chairman and Secretary.
The Chairman shall preside over all meetings of the Board. He shall summon all members
of the Board to special session at the call of the President/Business Representative.
In the absence of the Chairman of the Board, the President/Business Representative shall
preside over all meetings.
The Secretary shall record all business transacted by the Board and supply the Recording
Secretary with a copy of the minutes of every Board meeting accepted by the Union. The
Secretary of the Board shall report at all stated meetings all decisions of the Board.
It shall be the duty of the Board of Trustees, upon request from the President/Business
Representative, Chapel Chairmen, or members involved, to decide all matters of dispute.
Their decisions shall be considered final until reviewed by the Union.
The Board of Trustees shall have the authority to summon all members who may be able
to help in their investigation of matters of dispute. Members summoned shall receive not
less than forty-eight (48) hours notice. A member, when properly summoned, failing to
appear may be subject to charges.
It shall also be the duties of the Board to make certain that the requirements of the annual
audit of the books of the Secretary-Treasurer be carried out.
For the faithful performance of their duties, the members of the Board of Trustees shall
receive fifty (50) dollars for each Board meeting attended.
Sec. 7. Duties of the Judiciary Committee.
The Judiciary Committee shall take all charges against members and investigate them by
testimony offered, and report to the next meeting the results of their investigation, and. a
synopsis of the evidence taken. Their report shall be submitted in writing to the Union
for final action.
The Judiciary Committee shall be comprised of five (5) members, and shall be formed by
lot of non-office holding members present at the Union meeting. Only those present at
the Union meeting when said charges are presented will be eligible to be drawn as
Judiciary Committee members. They shall elect their own Chairman and Secretary. A
majority of the members of the Judiciary Committee shall constitute a quorum.
The Judiciary Committee shall have the authority and the power to summons all members
and call for all papers or documents that will help them in their investigation. Members
summoned shall receive not less than forty-eight (48) hours’ notice.
The Judiciary Committee shall for the faithful performance of their duties, receive
twenty-five (25) dollars per meeting of the Judiciary Committee.
All Judicial charges shall be presented to the Board of Trustees prior to Judiciary Committee
Sec. 8. Duties of the Finance Committee.
The duties of the Finance Committee shall be to recommend approval or disapproval of
the annual audit and to make financial recommendations to the Union.
Members of the Finance Committee shall be appointed by the President/Business Representative.
For the faithful performance of their duties the Finance Committee members shall receive
a fifty (50) dollar stipend for each meeting attended.
Sec. 9. Vacancy of Office.
In the event the office of President becomes vacant during the term for which the officer
was elected, the Vice President shall assume the office of the President for the remaining
In the event the office of Vice President becomes vacant during the term of which the
officer was elected, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees shall assume the office of
Vice President for the remaining elected term.
In the event the office of Secretary-Treasurer becomes vacant, an election by mail ballot
shall be held within ninety (90) days. The Vice President shall serve as Secretary-Treasurer
until such election is held.
In the event of a vacancy on the Board of Trustees, the representative slot vacated shall
be filled by the candidate for that slot with the next highest vote totals. If there were no
other candidates for that particular representative slot, then a special election by mail
ballot shall be held within ninety (90) days.
In the event the offices of either Recording Secretary or Sergeant-at-Arms become
vacant, the office will be filled by the candidate, for that office, with the next highest vote
total. If there were no other candidates for that office, the President/Business
Representative shall appoint an eligible member to that office.
It shall be the duty of all Officers of the Union, or members appointed to do official
business for the Union at the expiration of their term of office, their resignation, or removal,
to turn over within seven (7) days all books, papers, or other property of the
Union to their successor, or to the President/Business Representative.
Sec. 10. Ethical Practices Code.
Members serving the Union in any capacity whatsoever shall be required to conduct
themselves in strict compliance with the “ETHICAL PRACTICES CODE” established
and adopted by the AFL-CIO and in conformity with the Local and International Constitution
Dues, Assessments and Fines
Sec. 1. Effective 12-1-2008 each member shall pay as monthly dues an amount equal to
2.5 times their hourly rate. Members who participate in the Sunshine Club, Death Fund
and Defense shall also pay, in addition to dues the assessment for those funds.
Effective January 1, 1989, the dues shall be increased Twenty-Five cents ($.25) per
week-per member, on an annual basis.
Any future increases in our international per capita tax will automatically require an
increase in Local dues to cover this cost.
Members shall also pay any increases as approved by the Union.
In cases where a member is not a member of any chapel, he/she shall pay his/her dues
directly to the Secretary-Treasurer.
Sec. 2. Dues for the current month shall be due on the first business day of the current
Any member allowing himself or herself to become in arrears will be declared in
financial bad standing.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall furnish each Chapel Chairman a list of members in
financial bad standing.
Members financially in bad standing shall be reported to the Board of Trustees by the
Secretary-Treasurer and said member shall be subject to suspension.
Any member allowing himself or herself to be suspended can only be reinstated as a
member paying all his arrearages, a five (5) dollar fine, and by a majority vote of the
Union at the next regular meeting.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall issue a permit until the next regular meeting of the Union
to any member who has been suspended for non-payment of dues and assessments provided
he pays all back dues and assessments.
Sec. 3. A general assessment may be levied at any Union meeting by a majority vote of
the members in attendance, provided notice has been given at the previous meeting of the
purpose of such assessment and notice of such assessment has been posted on all Chapel
bulletin boards for two (2) weeks prior to voting by the membership.
Sec. 4. Fines must be paid within thirty (30) days after being levied.
All fines and assessments shall be deducted before credit shall be given for regular dues.
Sec. 5. No member shall be exempt from paying dues or assessments because of sickness,
injury or lay-off. When incapacitation has been continuous for a period of two (2)
months, and the sickness or injury has been certified by a Physician and by the Chairman
of the Chapel where said member was last employed, such member shall be entitled to
pay monthly dues of $20 per month. Members on lay-off shall be eligible for this
reduced dues rate on the first full month following the completion of their employment.
Sec. 6. Apportionment of dues shall be printed on members’ receipt card.
Sec. 1. It shall be the duty of each and every member of this Union to sustain its officers
in the proper discharge of their duties.
Sec. 2. Any member who shall, during any meeting of this Union, fail to comply
promptly with the order of the presiding officer, who uses profane language, or indulges
in personalities may be fined by the presiding officer in a sum not to exceed twenty-five
(25) dollars for each offense; said fine shall constitute a regular charge on the books of
the Secretary-Treasurer. Any disorderly member may be expelled for the remainder of
the meeting at the discretion of the Chair.
Charges and Trials
Sec. 1. Upon the presentation of charges against a member (which charges must state the
name of the alleged offender, the time and place, specifications of offense, and names of
witnesses) the charges shall be presented to the Secretary-Treasurer, for reading at the
next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall then decide
whether the complaint shall be dismissed, tabled, postponed, referred for further inquiry,
or be committed for trial to the Judiciary Committee.
Sec. 2. The Judiciary Committee shall, within one week after such charges are adopted,
notify the member charged in writing of the nature of the charge, and summon said
member and all witnesses to appear before them at such time and place as they may
designate. Said notice shall be served upon such member at least fifteen days before the
date fixed for trial.
Sec. 3. Any member so accused, as well as the accuser, shall have the privilege of selecting
a member in good standing of this Union whom, he or she may designate, to assist
him/ her in the prosecution or defense of the charges, who shall act for the respective
parties at such trial to examine and cross-examine witnesses and introduce such evidence
as they shall determine.
Sec. 4. Should the accused member or their accuser fail to appear before the Committee
when notified, and fail to present a reasonable excuse for their absence, the Committee
may proceed with the trial, the same as if the accused or accuser were present.
Sec. 5. Such Committee shall, without unnecessary delay, summon the parties and their
witnesses, if requested, and proceed to try the case. They shall keep full minutes of their
proceedings and evidence produced, which they shall present to the Union as soon as
practicable, together with decision on the pending charges, guilty or not guilty.
Sec. 6. When the report of the Committee is made to the Union, it shall first vote on
sustaining the report of the Committee as to the guilt or innocence of the accused, and a
majority vote of the members present shall be necessary to sustain or reject such findings.
If found guilty by the Union, then the next vote shall be upon the punishment to be
imposed. The vote shall be by ballot, and the first shall be on the question of suspension,
if decided in the negative, it shall be on the question of a fine, if decided in the negative,
it shall be on a reprimand.
Sec. 7. If after voting upon the different grades of punishment, there has been no decision,
the vote shall be taken over commencing with suspension and shall continue until a
decision is reached.
Sec. 8. It shall require a two-thirds vote of those voting to suspend, or fine the accused.
Sec. 9. Rules Governing Trial Committees.
A majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum to proceed with the trial.
The Committee shall keep correct minutes of their proceedings in writing, which must
a. The date and place of each meeting and the parties present with counsel, if any.
b. The charges and specifications, and answers hereto of the defendant.
c. The challenges made and the decision of ruling thereon, if any.
d. All points raised and the decisions thereon.
e. The exceptions taken by either party.
f. A synopsis of the evidence given by witnesses.
g. Documentary evidence distinctly marked.
h. Decision of Committee upon each specification and charge.
i. The report must be signed by all members of the Committee present.
Sec. 1. Any member not attending Union meetings shall be fined the sum of two (2)
dollars per meeting, except those members so numerated:
1. All members over sixty (60) years of age.
2. All members employed during the hours of the meeting.
3. All members on paid vacations.
4. All special cases so ordered by the body.
The sign-up sheet at the door shall be closed one (1) hour after the appointed meeting time.
Sec. 1. The Union shall have the power to establish a code of By-Laws and alter and
amend the same, provided that nothing contained therein shall be at variance with the
Alterations or Amendments
Sec. 1. The Constitution or By-Laws shall not be altered or amended, except at a stated
meeting of the Union and with the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present.
Notice of an intended alteration or amendment must be given in writing at a previous
stated meeting, and posted at least two weeks previous to the next meeting in all the
Any change that comes from the Constitution and By Law Committee may be voted on
by referendum after notice in writing at a regular Union meeting and posted two weeks
prior to the next Union meeting.
Sec. 1. The union shall not have power to dissolve itself while there are seven members
Sec. 1. Priority shall be observed in accordance with the length of time that a member has
been put upon a sub line, and said member shall be put to work in that order.
In case of a vacancy in a steady position, the member having served the most time as a
member of the sub line shall have the first choice to the vacancy.
Sec. 1. Applicants seeking membership, as apprentices shall have their names, together
with all pertinent information, submitted to the Joint Apprentice Committee. Once they
have been accepted as apprentices and signed the Joint Apprentice Agreement, they shall
be entirely under the jurisdiction of the Joint Apprentice Committee. The Committee
shall, after due deliberation, submit to the next stated meeting a detailed report on each
applicant, said report shall be for informational purposes only.
Sec. 2. The Joint Apprentice Committee may recommend, at any time during the ap15
prenticeship period, the cancellation of the apprenticeship of an apprentice, who does not
show aptitude and proper qualifications for the work, or for other reasons.
Sec. 3. Apprentices shall attend a minimum of five (5) regular monthly meetings of the
Union each year, and as many special apprentices’ meetings as may be called by the
Union, and any other requirements of the Joint Apprentice Agreement.
Sec. 4. All apprentices must serve a probationary period of six (6) months to demonstrate
their fitness to continue as apprentices to serve the remaining period. The Apprentice
Committee, after the six (6) months’ probationary period, shall determine the fitness of an
apprentice to continue.
Sec. 5. No apprentice shall be advanced to the status of Journeyman until he has completed
four (4) years’ apprenticeship in a newspaper pressroom, received a
correspondence course certificate from the International Union, and his advancement
approved by the Apprentice Committee.
Sec. 6. No apprentice shall be advanced to the status of Conditional Journeyman until:
a. Such advancement is recommended by the Apprentice Committee, along with the
reasons for such advancement, submitted in writing to a regular Union meeting.
b. Such apprentice has received a correspondence course certificate from the