All six constitutional amendments proposed by SWC Retiree Chapter President Bobby Donelson were defeated.
Vote counts below are not yet certified and approved, pending, among other actions, verification of eligibility of those voting.
Amendments 1 in conjunction with 2: Eliminate the Vice-President.
Against: Almost all present and voting.
Amendment 3: The Secretary-Treasurer shall work full-time for the Southwest Coastal Area Local.
Amendment 4: Change the word may to shall in the first sentence of Article 12 Section 3.
Against: Most present.
Amendment 5: All Southwest Coastal Area Local meetings will be open meetings except for trial board meetings.
Amendment 6: Southwest Coastal Area Local Retirees shall be allowed to meet regularly at the local union office.
The Local thanks all those who attended the meeting. The meeting was contentious at times. One member, in particular, lost his temper and yelled, "Shut up." Nonetheless, the meeting was well attended and a healthy, if exceptionally vocal, debate followed. Speakers for and against the amendments were given fair and adequate chances to speak.
In this meeting, a minority of individuals also stated that they believed that something published online is not a “publication” and would issue a challenge in order to compel the Area Local to vote on the amendments all over again.
The minority, which included the maker of the motion, attempted to table the vote on the amendments to the meeting scheduled in July 2019. However, approximately 73% of the those present and voting decided to suspend the order of business to proceed to debate and vote on the six proposed amendments.
If a charge is actually submitted in accordance with the Constitution, the Local is generally restricted from publicly discussing the case until a final adjudication. This principle has not stopped malcontents from sending out improper emails, however.
Editorial note: To publish is to make content available to the general public.
The Web site apwu917.org is a publication of the Area Local and has copyright protection. Under U.S. copyright law, published works are required to be "fixed in a tangible medium of expression,” meaning that they have been set in a form in which it can be perceived either directly or with the aid of a device.
“Electronic publishing (also referred to as e-publishing or digital publishing or online publishing) includes the digital publication of e-books, digital magazines, and the development of digital libraries and catalogs. Electronic publishing has become common. It is also becoming common to distribute books, magazines, and newspapers to consumers through digital devices, by online sources” (“Publishing.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web. 29 March 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publication).