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AFM Convention Reminders—Early Notice to Locals

  -  AFM International Secretary-Treasurer

It’s hard to believe the 102nd AFM Convention is less than eight months away. It will be held at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 20-23, 2022.

With the distractions that have been brought on by the pandemic, I wanted to provide locals with an early reminder that Federation per capita dues, Federation work dues, and/or Federation initiation fees must be paid in full in order to be allowed representation at the AFM Convention.

AFM Bylaw Article 5, Section 46(e) states, in part: “A local in arrears one quarterly payment of Federation per capita dues or in arrears three months in reporting and/or forwarding Federation work dues and/or Federation initiation fees (FIF) collected to the International Secretary-Treasurer shall not be allowed representation at the Convention …”

Since many locals are approaching their local officer elections, please be aware that all delegates to the AFM Convention must be properly elected in conformity with AFM and local bylaws and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA), as amended, and must be members in good standing in all locals in which membership is held.

All convention delegates must be duly nominated and elected by a secret balloting of the membership, and not appointed. An officer of a local whose bylaws specify that the officer is a convention delegate by virtue of that office, must be elected to that office by the membership by secret ballot to serve as a convention delegate. An officer who is appointed to office may not serve as a convention delegate unless the appointed officer has also been elected as a delegate by a secret ballot vote of the membership. Further, if your local has not yet conducted elections, and if one or more of your local’s officers are designated as convention delegates by virtue of their office, your election notices and ballots should clearly so indicate for those positions. If you have any questions in this regard, please contact your international representative.

A few important reminders:

  • 4th quarter, 2021 paid per capita numbers determine delegate entitlement [Article 17, Section 4(a) & (b) of AFM Bylaws]. Your local will receive its credentials only after your 4th quarter, 2021 per capita report is received.
  • Resolutions from delegates, locals, or conferences must be postmarked or electronically submitted no later than March 1, and electronically submitted resolutions must also be submitted by regular mail, to the International Secretary-Treasurer, postmarked no later than the next business day [Article 18, Section 4(a)].
  • Resolutions must bear the signatures of all sponsoring delegates, or the signatures of authorized officers of sponsoring locals or conferences.
  • The Annual Report will be emailed to accredited delegates prior to the convention. However, requests for printed copies of the Annual Report must be made in writing to the International Secretary-Treasurer (postmarked or electronically transmitted), not later than March 30 of the convention year.

I truly look forward to seeing you in person at our 102nd AFM Convention. Until then, wishing you good health and safe travels.







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