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LABOR UNION STRUCTURE AND ADMINISTRATION As union members, you play a vital role in translating your union plans into action, in the process, you will need a structure or a foundation to fall back on as you face the challenges in the struggling world of trade unionism. Thus, the need for a working knowledge of Labor Union Structure and Administration which is a necessary ingredient for an efficient and productive organization. WHAT IS A LABOR UNION STRUCTURE? A labor union structure is an organizational set-up that defines key positions and their respective functions in the organization. Your union’s organizational structure is embodied in your Constitution and By-laws. The organizational set-up of a union is composed of four branches: the General membership, the Executive Board, the Executive Officers, and the Committees. WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS OF THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP? You, the members, comprise the highest decision-making body of the union. The main function of the General Membership is to formulate major policies for the general administration of the union. Also, it is from this branch that the members of the Executive Board and the Executive Officers are elected. As members, you are entitled access to educational and training opportunities, grievance machinery, employee welfare, legal assistance, socio-civic enhancement and other similar privileges provided by the union to its members. It is your duty to know your Constitution and by-laws including your rights and duties; to attend and participate in union meetings, elections and other union activities; and to pay your membership and other dues that may be asked from you by the union. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF EXECUTIVE BOARD? The Executive Board (or Board of Directors) ranks next to General Membership in the organizational structure. It is the immediate representative of the highest decision-making body and its main function is to organize, review and echo the policies formulated by the General Membership. The Executive Board also runs the affairs of the union in between sessions of the General Membership. WHAT ARE THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS? The President
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The President acts as Administrator of the union. He supervises all the day-to-day activities of each officer and committee. He presides general membership, executive officers and executive board meetings. He also approves and signs important documents of the union. The Vice-President The Vice-President acts as President in the absence of the latter and performs other functions as may be assigned to him by the President. (Usually, he acts as Chairperson of Grievance Committee) Secretary The Secretary prepares the minutes of meetings and keeps the records of the union.
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