Boston Newspaper Printing
Pressmen’s Union Local No. 3
Graphic Communications Conference
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
As amended 2010
Sec. 1. The regular monthly stated meetings of the Union shall be held on the second
(2nd) Wednesday evening of each month. The hours of the meeting shall be from 7 p.m.
to 10 p.m. The membership may at the June meeting suspend the regular Union meeting
for the months of July and August.
Sec. 2. At the hour of the meeting, if a quorum be present, the President shall call the
meeting to order. Twenty-five (25) members shall constitute a quorum.
Sec. 3. Special meetings of the Union may be held when necessary. It shall require the
written request of thirty (30) members in good standing. It shall be obligatory upon the
part of the President to call such a special meeting, in a timely fashion, upon the receipt
of a written request signed by thirty (30) members.
Sec. 4. The President shall be authorized to call a special meeting at any time for the
good and welfare of the Union.
Sec. 5. In all cases when a special meeting has been called, the purpose of this meeting
must be specified in the call. It shall not be legal to transact, at a special meeting, any
other business other than stated in the call.
Nomination and Election of Officers
Sec. 1. Effective with the local election held in 2010 and thereafter, all nominations for
office of this Local Union shall be made at the October meeting of the Union.
All nominations must be duly made and seconded; the election shall be by ballot and held
on the Monday preceding the second (2nd) Wednesday in December.
Sec. 2. Effective with the local election held in 2010 and thereafter, a written acceptance
of all nominees must be in the hands of the Secretary-Treasurer at 6 p.m. the first (1st)
Wednesday of November, at which time the Board of Trustees’ meeting will be held to
No member shall be nominated for any office who is not actually employed as a pressman
in the pressroom coming under the jurisdiction of this Local Union for a period of
five (5) months preceding the date of nomination. Members in service to the AFL-CIO or
to the International Union shall be exempt from this requirement.
Sec. 3. No member shall be nominated for any office who is not a member in good financial
standing in this Local and the International Union at the time of nomination.
Sec. 4. In no case shall names be written in or placed thereon by stickers, except where
there are no candidates for such office.
Sec. 5. In case of any unforeseen emergency, which may delay the installation of
regularly elected officers, the incumbent of such office shall continue therein until his/her
successor has been duly installed.
Sec. 6. The President shall appoint one Judge and two Tellers as Inspectors of Election
who shall receive the ballots and distribute them to such members as are entitled to vote.
Sec. 7. Each candidate for office shall be allowed two representatives, one of whom shall,
alternately, be allowed in the polling place. Nobody but the Election Inspectors and the
representatives for the respective candidates will be allowed in the polling place, except
members while they are voting. In tabulating the vote, the ballots must be in full view of
the candidates’ representatives, so they can read how the ballots are marked. If a candidate
fails to name a representative, he/she may act as his own representative only during
the tabulating of the votes.
Sec. 8. The Secretary-Treasurer shall provide for the printing of official and sample
ballots. The sample ballots to be of a different color than the official ballot.
Sec. 9. The names of the candidates for the several offices shall be printed on the ballots
alphabetically, and incumbents shall be noted as such.
A voter information sheet shall be sent with each ballot giving the status of each
candidate i.e. member in good standing, regular Union meetings attended during the
previous twenty four (24) months, and where employed.
The two (2) At-large representatives on the Board of Trustees will be determined by the
highest vote received of all Journey Pressmen candidates after the individual representative
slots are filled.
For all other offices, the candidate receiving a plurality of the votes cast shall be declared
Sec. 10. No official or member of the Local shall receive or have access to any of the
official ballots prior to the election, except the Secretary-Treasurer.
Sec. 11. No one but a member in good standing shall receive a ballot. No member shall
receive more than one (1) official ballot, except where a ballot has been defaced and
thereby rendered void. Official ballots will be supplied to the members only at their home.
Sec. 12. The Election Inspectors shall, immediately after the closing of the polls, notify
the President of the number of ballots mailed, and shall show the list of voted members to
the President before counting or opening any of the ballots. Such information shall be
given to all candidates whose names appear on the ballots, or to the members acting for
them as representatives.
Sec. 13. Any member of the Local who shall be found guilty of illegally voting, or who
shall allow any other person to vote in his stead, having knowledge of the fact, if found
guilty shall be punished according tot he International Law.
Sec. 14. Only members who are in good standing seventy-two (72) hours prior to the
mailing of ballots shall be allowed to vote. The Secretary-Treasurer shall prepare a
printed list of members entitled to vote and supply the Election Inspectors with copies.
Sec. 15. After the ballots have been canvassed and all the tally of votes completed, the
Election Inspectors shall examine each and every tally sheet and see that the totals are
correctly recorded, make a written report in duplicate, one copy to the President and one
copy to the Secretary-Treasurer.
Effective with the local election held in 2010 and thereafter, the Election Inspectors shall
make their report on the election at our regular Union meeting on the second (2nd)
Wednesday in December. The report shall contain the following information:
a. The total number of ballots, and void ballots contained in the possession of the Board of Inspectors.
b. The total number of votes each candidate received.
Sec. 16. All special elections shall be governed by the same laws that govern regular
Sec. 17. Not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the election, notice thereof shall be mailed
to each member at his last known home address.
Sec. 18. The President shall preserve for one (1) year, the ballots and all other records
pertaining to the election.
Sec. 1. These By-Laws may be altered, amended, or repealed by a vote of two-thirds of
the members present and voting at a stated or special meeting of the Union: Provided that
notice of the amendment or alteration be given in writing at the previous stated meeting
and posted at least two (2) weeks previous in the various Chapels.
Sec. 1. When a Journeyman Pressman or Paperhandler has deposited their Traveling Card
to the Secretary-Treasurer, the President/ Business Representative and the entire Board of
Trustees shall investigate such card prior to a working permit being issued
After the completed investigation and working permit being issued, the President/
Business Representative shall assign such member to a chapel for work.
Duties of Chapel Chairmen
Sec. 1. The Chairman of a Chapel shall be the direct representative of the Union in said
chapel, and shall see that all the laws of the Union are observed by the members.
Sec. 2. The Chairman shall keep a memorandum book in which he shall enter the names
of the members, and the number of days they work each week.
Sec. 3. The Chairman shall make a written report at each regular Union meeting of the
conditions of his Chapel.
Sec. 4. A Chapel may have the power to elect a collector of all monies due the Union,
other than the Chairman if they so desire.
Sec. 5. All Chairmen or Collectors shall be bonded for the sum of five-hundred (500) dol19
lars. The cost of said bond to be paid by the Union.
Sec. 6. The Chairman shall decide all disagreements or disputes between the members of
his Chapel, when appealed to, and such decisions shall be binding until reversed by the
Board of Trustees of the Union.
Sec. 7. The Chairman shall decide all matters of dispute between the Foreman and the
members. The Chairman shall call on the President of the Union at all times to assist him;
also the Board of Trustees when he/she feels that it is necessary.
Sec. 8. An appeal from the decision of the Chairman of a Chapel to the Foreman shall not
be permitted under any circumstances. Any member who violates the provision of this
section shall be punished by a fine of not more than fifty (50) dollars or by expulsion.
Sec. 9. The Chapel Chairman must report all members sick or injured to the Secretary-
Sec. 10. The Chairman must post the list of all delinquent members on the Chapel
bulletin board each month. For failure to do so he/she shall be fined twenty-five (25)
Sec. 11. When a Chairman of a chapel is discharged, just cause must be shown for such
dismissal at the request of the Board of Trustees of the Union.
Sec. 1. All special Union committees shall report in writing, at the next stated meeting,
unless otherwise ordered by the Union.
Sec. 1. Any member attempting to obtain the situation held by another member of this
Union by unfair reports or misrepresentation, shall be deemed guilty of a violation of his
obligation to this Union and be subject to charges and placed on trial according to the
Constitution and By-Laws.
Sec. 2. Any member who shall reveal to any person, not a member of this Union, any
business transacted in meetings, committee, or conference, shall be tried for violating the
Constitution and their solemn obligation, which they took before admission to membership.
Sec. 3. When a Foreman employs a non-Union man in preference to a Union man,
charges shall be preferred against said Foreman, and if found guilty shall be fined fifty
(50) dollars for the first offense and one hundred (100) dollars for each subsequent
offense, together with the cost of trial.
Sec. 4. Any member withholding information affecting the good and welfare of the
Union from any officer, Chairman, or committee, when they request such information,
shall be guilty of contempt, and shall be disciplined in such manner as the Union may
Sec. 1. Any member of this Union who works at the business while on paid vacation shall
be fined a double day’s pay for each day worked.
Sec. 1. Members shall not, under any circumstances, participate in a strike, unless such
strike has been ordered by a two-thirds vote, of the members present at a meeting, and
then only after such strike has been sanctioned, in writing, by the Board of Directors of
the International Union.
Sec. 2. A strike vote shall be taken by secret ballot, and only after the entire membership
has been notified that a strike vote will be taken. Said notification shall be in writing, and
at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to such meeting.
Sec. 3. In the event of a strike or lock-out of this Local Union, the President shall appoint
a committee, whose duty shall be to assign members for picketing service. Members
failing to picket when so assigned, and failing to present a reasonable excuse for his
absence, shall be subject to disciplinary action under Article VII of the Constitution.
Sec. 1. This Local is a Participating Local in the Inter-Local Pension Fund and shall take
such action with respect to the Fund as may be required under the Inter-Local Pension
Fund Trust Indenture and the rules and procedures adopted by the Trustees of the Inter-
Local Pension Fund
Sec. 2. As a condition of membership in this Local Union, all members are required to
become and remain participants in the Inter-Local Pension Fund of the Graphic
Communications International Union in accordance with the provisions of the Trust
Indenture of the Inter-Local Pension Fund, and to execute and deliver any forms or other
documents which may be required to make such participation effective.
Participants in the Defense Fund shall pay $5.00 per member per month.
In the event of a strike our lockout each member shall receive $100.00 per week
depending on the balance in their individual account.
The total contribution, less any part used in the event of a strike or lockout, will be
returned to each member upon reaching the age of 60, when taking a traveling or withdrawal
card, or upon retirement. In the event of death, a member’s contribution shall be
paid to a designated beneficiary.
Interest monies from the defense fund shall be used to pay all scale and legal expenses.
The membership may authorize the use of interest monies for other specific and itemized
Sec. 1. In the event of the death of a member in good standing whose name has been on
the Union membership roll for one (1) year and less than two (2) years, the Union shall
pay the sum of three hundred (300) dollars; for two (2) years and less than three (3)
years: four hundred-fifty (450) dollars; for three (3) years and less than four (4) years: six
hundred (600) dollars; for four (4) years and over: eight hundred (800) dollars; and all
who were on the membership roll of the Union, November 17, 1931, shall receive full
Sec. 2. Every member shall be required to fill out a blank, furnished by the Union, stating
who his/her beneficiary is in the event of the member’s death.
Sec. 3. In the case of no named beneficiary living, and the Union feels, in their judgment,
that no one is entitled to the death benefit, the Union shall pay the death benefit to the
Estate of the deceased member.
Sec. 4. The Union shall furnish one automobile, and flowers, to be paid for out of this
Sec. 5. An assessment of $2.25 shall be levied on each death. All new members after a
membership of one (1) year shall pay this assessment.
Sec. 6. Pensioned members shall be exempt from paying this assessment, excepting
pensioned members who have worked during the month in which the death occurs.
Sec. 7. This assessment must be paid within ten (10) days after the notice of the death of
a member is posted on the Chapel bulletin board.
Sec. 8. The Death Fund shall not be abolished as long as seven (7) members in good
standing vote to retain it.
Sec. 9. The President/Business Representative, along with the Secretary-Treasurer, shall
administer the Death Fund.
Sec. 10. Members who have paid the death assessment for five (5) years or more and become
pensioned members, their beneficiary shall be paid eight hundred (800) dollars.
Sec. 11. Payment by such former members of all death assessments levied within thirty
(30) days after being notified by the Secretary-Treasurer, will enable their beneficiaries to
the usual death benefit paid by this Local Union to its active members, provided,
however, that at the time of death, such beneficiary member shall not be indebted for
death assessments to this Local Union a sum exceeding five (5) dollars.
Sec. 12. At the next regular meeting of the Union, following the death of a member, it
shall be the duty of the Presiding Officer to officially announce the death of said member,
after reading and adoption of the minutes of the previous meeting, the members shall rise
and stand in silence for a period of one minute, following which, the President shall order
the Charter on the Union draped for thirty (30) days and the Secretary-Treasurer shall
send an official letter of condolence to the family of the deceased.
Sec. 1. No member shall be compelled to do work not pertaining to press work; nor can a
member be disciplined for refusing to do same.
Sec. 2. Any member working in a non Union newspaper, other than in an approved
organizing effort shall be fined twenty-five (25) dollars for each and every offense.
Members shall make every effort to avoid patronizing companies, products, and
establishments, etc. that are unfair to Labor and take special notice of the “UNFAIR TO
LABOR LIST” put out by the AFL-CIO. Furthermore, members should make every
effort to purchase “Union Made” products.
Adherence to these policies will enable us to contribute to the solidarity of the Labor
Sec. 3. A Foreman shall not suspend or discharge any member in his employ without a
good and sufficient reason. Any member, who feels that they have been unjustly discriminated
against, may prefer charges against the foreman to his/her Union within ten
Sec. 4. A regular situation holder in one office cannot accept casual employment in
another, to the detriment of substitutes, provided that, for the purpose of this law, the
Board of Trustees, along with the Local Union shall decide what constitutes a situation.
Sec. 5. The Foreman of any newspaper office must be a member of this Union, and shall
not be subordinate to or responsible to anyone, except the proprietor or manager of said
office and this Union.
Sec. 6. Any Foreman or assistant charged with practicing favoritism, or showing par23
tiality shall, upon conviction of said offense, be fined not less than fifty (50) dollars, or
more than one hundred (100) dollars as the Union may decide. It is to be obligatory on
the part of the Chairman to bring any infringement of this law to the attention of the
Board of Trustees.
Sec. 7. No Foreman shall transfer any regularly employed members of this Union from
the morning to an evening edition, or vise versa, in any office, unless such change has
been assented to the members affected.
Sec. 8. When a steady position is left, it must be filled within ten (10) days.
Rules of Order
Sec. 1. The President shall take the chair at the time appointed for the Union to meet, and
shall immediately call the meeting to order.
Sec. 2. The President shall have the right to decide all questions of order, subject to an
appeal to the Union.
Sec. 3. When a member is called to order, he shall take his seat until the point of order is
decided. When the decision of the President is appealed from, he shall state his decision
and the reasons therefore. The member appealing shall then state his reasons for the
appeal, after which, without further debate, the question shall be put as thus: “Shall the
decision of the chair be sustained?”
Sec. 4. Every member present, when a question is put, shall vote.
Sec. 5. All motions and resolutions must be submitted in writing, if called for by the
Sec. 6. When a motion is made and seconded, it shall be deemed to be in possession of
the Union, and shall be stated by the President, or, being in writing, shall be read by the
Recording Secretary, previous to debate.
Sec. 7. After a motion is stated by the President, or read by the Recording Secretary, it
may be withdrawn by the mover at any time previous to an amendment, or final decision,
by general consent.
Sec. 8. All questions may be put in this form: “As many as are of the opinion (as the case
may be) say Aye; contrary. No”, and in doubtful cases, the President may direct, or any
member shall call for, a division.
Sec. 9. When a member is about to speak on a question, or make a motion, he shall rise
and respectfully address the chair, who shall designate by name or otherwise the member
entitled to the floor, and shall confine himself or herself to the question under
Sec. 10. The previous question shall be put in these words: “Shall the main question be
now put?” And until decided, shall preclude all further amendments or debate of the main
question. When there are pending amendments, the question shall first be taken upon
amendments, in their order, without debate.
Sec. 11. When a motion has once been carried in the affirmative or negative, it shall be in
order for any member who voted in the majority to move for a reconsideration thereof;
provided the motion to reconsider be made within two regular meetings of the Union; but
a motion to reconsider having been put and lost must not be renewed.
Sec. 12. No member shall speak more than twice on any question, nor more than five (5)
minutes at any one time, without permission of the Union.
Sec. 13. A majority of a committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Sec. 14. No motion to amend the minutes by striking out words or sentences shall be
admissible, unless they contain some error of fact.
Sec. 15. To arraign the motives of members of committees of the Union, or to use vile or
degrading language toward them, shall be considered a breach of order.
Sec. 16. A motion to suspend the rules cannot be carried, unless by the concurrence of
two-thirds of the members voting, and shall be decided without debate.
Sec. 17. In the absence of a standing rule covering any point, Robert’s Rules of Order
shall be the guide.
Following the effective date of the transfer and affiliation, the non-administrative
provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws of Local 67, including the current dues
structure, shall be appended to the Constitution and Bylaws of Local 3 and entitled
“Commercial Division 67 Practices.”
Initiation Fees and Dues
Section 1. The Initiation fee for all members upon acceptance into membership in this
local shall be one days pay at the rate he/she is paid at the time of initiation.
Section 2. Each member shall be obligated to pay dues, assessments or other related fees
prescribed for by the membership or laws of this local, monthly, to the Financial
Section 3. Dues and other related monies are payable and due oh the first business day of
the month and must be paid not later than the last business day of the current month at
Union Office between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.
Section 4. Any member who is employed by an employer, under contract with this local
in excess of nine (9) working days in any month, shall be obligated to pay dues for that
Section 5. Any member who is absent from employment, due to illness in any month, in
excess of twenty-one (21) days, shall be exempted from payment of dues provided that
the Financial Secretary has been notified in writing.
Section 6. Any member who is laid-off, shall be exempted from payment of one (1)
month dues immediately following the month member was laid-off, provided, member is
not in arrears and month lay-off occurred is paid.
Section 7. Any member laid-off will be carried on the Union unemployment list and will
be required to pay dues and assessments to have continuous membership in good
Section 8. Each member of the local shall be issued a working card or other related
receipt showing date and month being paid for and stamping of same by the Financial
Section 9. Any member who is indebted to the local for dues, fines, assessments or other
liabilities in excess of any amount equivalent to two (2) months dues, will be declared a
Dues and Assessments
Section 1. A general dues increase shall only be levied against the membership of the
local by secret ballot, at a special meeting called for that purpose, and the entire
membership of the local shall be notified at least fifteen (15) days prior to such meeting,
and shall require a plurality of the votes cast of all members present at such meeting.
Section 2. A general assessment may be levied at any regular meeting provided notice
has been given at the previous meeting for the purpose of such assessment. The amount
of the proposed assessment shall not exceed twenty-five (25) cents per member per
month. Proposed assessments exceeding twenty-five (25) cents per member per month
shall be referred to a vote by secret ballot of the entire membership, either at a special
meeting called for that purpose or by referendum vote of the membership. Assessments
voted on by a referendum shall require a plurality of the votes cast. Assessments voted on
at a special meeting held for that purpose, shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of all
members present at such a meeting.
Section 3 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.
Supervisors and Foreman as defined by the Labor-Management Act and who are
members will be apportioned according to the rate of the highest classification in their
chapel. Premiums are defined as monies received over and above rates shown
classifications. (Night “rate differential is a premium.)
Reinstatement of Delinquent Members
Section 1. All applications for reinstatement of members suspended for financial
delinquency shall be made to the Board of Directors in writing who are authorized to act
upon such application and reinstate such member only when their indebtedness to the
Union has been paid in full.
Section 2. Application for reinstatement of members suspended or expelled for reasons
other than financial delinquency shall be made in person to the local Board of Directors.
If such application is approved by the Board of Directors, reinstatement of such
suspended or expelled member shall be decided by ballot at any regular meeting of the
Section 1. In order to provide for proper succession, both limit and supply a sufficient
number of competent journeymen to meet the demands of the industry in this jurisdiction,
this local shall institute and maintain an apprenticeship system.
Section 2. The proportion of apprentices shall be in conformity with the apprenticeship
provisions as contained in the contract between the employers and the Local Union.
Members shall not, under any circumstances, participate in a strike unless such strike has
been ordered by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the membership of those affected and then
only after such strike has been sanctioned by the Board of Directors of the International
Section 1. All Chapels where three or more members are employed shall organize
themselves into a chapel and elect a chapel chairman and vice-chairman whose term of
office shall be fixed by such chapel but in no case exceed two years.
Section 2. Chapel meetings may be called only by the chairman of the chapel or in his
absence by the vice-chairman, but cannot in any case be held during working hours.
Section 3. The Chapel Chairman shall report immediately to the Financial Secretary any
members who are in arrears for dues or assessments, and who refuse to meet their
Section 4. The Chapel Chairman shall report to the President and Board of Directors, in
writing, all complaints or alleged violations of contracts with employers, which he is
unable to satisfactorily, adjust with the foreman. He shall also report any disagreements
or disputes between members of the local, which he is unable to amicably settle and
Section 5. Upon leaving, the Chapel Chairman shall immediately notify the President and
Board of Directors of the severance of his employment.
Section 6. The Vice-Chairman shall perform the duties of Chairman in the absence of the
Chairman, and shall succeed him in case of his resignation until such time as his
successor shall be chosen.
Section 7. Only members in good standing of this local who have complied with all of the
obligations of the local shall be eligible for the position of Chapel Chairman or Vice-Chairman.
Section 8. Only members in good standing of this local shall participate in the nomination
and election of the Chapel Chairman and Vice-chairman.
Section 9. Chairman, Vice-chairman, shall receive such compensation for the
performance of their duties as the Board of Directors deem applicable.
Amendments to the Constitution and Laws
Section 1. No amendment shall ever be had or proposed which has for its object the
change of this local to any form or organization other than that of a voluntary
Section 2. All amendments to the Constitution and Laws of this local shall be submitted
in writing to the Local Board of Directors.
Section 3. The adoption of amendments to the Constitution and Laws shall be acted upon
only in the month of October of each year, and shall be by referendum vote when
authorized by the Board of Directors to the membership, which shall require a plurality of
the votes cast.
Section 4. When amendments to the Constitution and Laws are proposed, the Financial
Secretary shall have such amendments printed and send to each member, fifteen (15)
days prior to the referendum vote.
Section 5. All amendments to the Constitution and Laws of this local when voted on, as
herein provided, shall first require the approval of a Labor Attorney before they shall
Section 6. No provision of this Constitution and By-Laws shall be suspended