START A NEW LCLAA CHAPTER TOOLKIT
NEW CHAPTER CHARTER INSTRUCTIONS & REQUIREMENTS
A group of labor activists interested in forming a local LCLAA chapter should first form a pre-chapter organizing committee. Once the committee has recruited at least ten union members in good standing (including any union member who has retired in good standing) who represent no less than four national, international, or independent labor unions, the organizing committee may then complete the following steps in order to successfully apply to the National LCLAA Office for a charter.
B. Develop Local Chapter By-laws
To receive a charter, the pre-chapter organizing committee must hold a meeting at which pre-chapter members approve a proposed set of by-laws for the chapter. A set of standard by-laws are included in these application materials along with the National LCLAA Cniin Chae b-laws must not contravene any provision of the National Constitution. The pre-chapter must submit minutes from the meeting at which the proposed by-laws were approved as part of their charter application packet.
Next, the pre-chapter organizing committee must organize a meeting of its pre-chapter members to accept nominations for election to the chapter’s executive board once the National LCLAA Office has issued it a charter. The list of nominated candidates must include candidates for chapter president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, recording secretary, and at least one at-large executive board member to represent associate or student members. Associate members are those who are not current or retired union members. Only current or retired union members may serve as officers of the chapter (meaning president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, or recording secretary). The pre-chapter must submit minutes from the meeting at which the executive board nominations were made as part of their charter application packet. Per the National LCLAA Constitution, the new chapter will be required to hold executive board elections within 45 days of the charter’s approval. The National LCLAA Office will oversee the new chapter’s first elections, but thereafter the election the process will be governed by the new chapter’s by-laws.
D. Employee Identification Number Application (EIN)
number (EIN) to be submitted to the National LCLAA Office as part of its charter application materials. A partially filled out form is included in these application materials. The National Office will submit your completed EIN application to the IRS on your behalf upon approval of the chapter charter.
E. Submission of Charter Application Packet
Once all of the above steps have been completed, the pre-chapter organizing committee can now submit via email the following items by scanning and emailing to the National LCLAA Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Membership Roster
- Membership Applications and Dues
- List of Nominated Executive Board Candidates
- Meeting Minutes at Which Executive Board Candidates Were Nominated
- Proposed By-laws
- Meeting Minutes at Which Proposed By-laws Were Approved
APPLICATION FOR CHARTER