Congratulations are in order to the APWU delegates and elected officers at the Los Angeles national convention. You succeeded in accomplishing all of your business without rancor in record time as well as your primary goal of putting in place a process for reducing the number of elected positions. Stu Filbey, Moe Biller and I failed repeatedly in this endeavor; you are to be commended.
For future reference, the process used was a clear violation of Roberts Rules of Order, but if the delegates in attendance endorsed the process without objection you have effectively made a major amendment to the APWU Constitution. The process used was to ‘package’ a series of constitutional changes into a single Resolution, combining Article 15 Section 2(a), Article 16 section 2(c), Article 21(a) and Article 21(b). These subjects are unrelated except as included as constitutional provisions. A proper motion (Resolution) is limited to a single subject that may be modified only by subjects that as defined by Roberts are “germane.” The bundling of unrelated constitutional provisions is not permitted, except as a complete document. The APWU Constitution as contained in the Bylaws requires that “the deliberations of this union shall; be governed by Roberts Rules of Order.”
To continue this procedure would result in a future convention when all constitutional changes preferred by the administration would be presented in a single resolution restricting the focus of the delegates on issues they favor and those opposed. The choice would be all or nothing.
In this convention, it was the accepted procedure and you achieved what had been unachievable for 40 years. Congratulations are in order, and once again the APWU membership has risen to the task. I am proud of you!