NTEU Chapter 132
National Treasury Employee Union
Annual Meeting and Amendments to Chapter Bylaws
The original bylaw were written just after the formation of the Chapter. At the time, NTEU organized its Chapters along the lines of the management structure. In the case of Chapter 132, we represented membership that had an immediate reporting structure at Headquarters. At one time, we represented Information Technology people at almost all ports, laboratory personnel in six states plus Puerto Rico, and international outposts, such as Belgium. This wide geographical coverage could not be sustained; over time, NTEU moved to consolidate Chapters along geographical lines.
Right now, the Chapter represents bargaining unit employees in Baltimore.
The Executive Board, in conjunction with our NTEU Field Representative and immediate past Chapter President, discussed updating the Bylaws. It is the opinion of the EB and NTEU that the bylaws be updated. The explanations for the proposed changes are listed below. The draft updated bylaws are located on the hyperlink..
1. The term of office of the elected officers (President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) are extended from two years to three years. This places the term in line with other chapters. By way of reference, the term of the NTEU National President is two years.
2. The start date for the terms of the elected officers was moved from Oct 1 to January 1. This was done to match the duties of the officer, principally the Chapter President, to the dates by which actions must be completed. In January, the CP must appoint the Chapter Stewards and Chief Stewards, identify and register individuals for NTEU/National training, appoint individuals to serve as delegates to the Legislative Forum, appoint and/or nominate individuals to serve on a dozen or so Joint Award Committees, create a budget, appoint Chairs of standing committees, etc. In the past, these critical functions were performed by the outgoing CP.
3. Consistent with Items 1 and 2 above, the terms of the current Officers will be extended until December 31, 2017 (an extension of eight months).
4. Officers appointed as replacements for those who have resigned, left the union, etc. are no longer considered “acting.” This was necessary to clarify the roles and responsibilities, especially in completing the annual Department of Labor and IRS reports.
5. References to Chapter‑level handling dues money were eliminated. Dues collection is now handled exclusively by NTEU/National. Most employees pay dues through payroll deduction—CBP, through the National Finance Center, collects dues money and send the money to NTEU/National. NTEU/National directly processes dues paid by check and credit card.
6. Petty cash was eliminated. In Auditing 101, one learns that a petty cash fund is like an unsecured cookie jar; chapter funds are protected by removing this vulnerability through the simple expedient of not having a petty cash fund. Chapter financial transactions are through checks and transactions using the debit card.
7. The address of the Chapter website is updated. www.nteu132.com
The annual meeting of the Chapter will take place at the U.S. Custom House, 40 South Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Room #103, @ 1300. One key item will be the vote on changes to the Bylaws.
Sylvester Dancy, Jr.
Chapter 132 President