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General Executive Board Sets Policy on the Recordi...
General Executive Board Sets Policy on the Recording or Taping of Union Meetings
4/29/2008 8:25:11 AM

At its meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 14, the General Executive Board unanimously voted to adopt a policy which makes it impermissible for a union officer or member to record or tape union meetings. This prohibition is subject to two exceptions.These are: (1) Taping or recording may be allowed pursuant to a variance and tolerance granted by the General President or, (2) an Executive Board may vote to allow the Recording Secretary to record the minutes for the sole and limited purpose of preparing accurate minutes. A copy of the Board's new policy is attached.

All Local and District Council affiliates have been requested to read this policy at the next two (2) consecutive meetings and to post a copy at a conspicuous location for sixty (60) days.

GENERAL EXECUTIVE BOARD RESOLUTION ON THE RECORDING OR TAPING OF UNION MEETINGS

WHEREAS, pursuant to its authority under Article VIII, Section 2(b) of the International Union Constitution the General Executive Board is authorized and empowered to establish and promulgate such rules and regulations as, in its opinion, it believes necessary to implement and carry out the intent of any provision of the International Union Constitution, the Uniform Local Union Constitution or the Uniform District Council Constitution;

AND WHEREAS, recently a question has arisen as to whether and under what circumstances a member or officer may make an audio or video recording of the proceedings at a meeting of the Local Union;

AND WHEREAS, by letter of May 4, 1983 (attached as "A"), General President Angelo Fosco provided guidance on this question, which was relied upon by the Independent Hearing Officer in his order of March 26, 2008, In the Matter of Darryl Fulton v. Robert Brown, et al., (Local Union 435), Docket No. 08-02TB (attached as "B");

AND WHEREAS, it is the judgment of the General Executive Board that this issue affects the implementation of other constitutional provisions, including but not limited to Article III, Section 2 and Article VII of the Uniform Local Union Constitution;

AND WHEREAS, it is the further judgment of the General Executive Board that, as a general policy matter, members and officers should not be allowed to make audio or video recordings of meetings of the Local Union as such recordings may tend to inhibit membership participation and attendance, impair the willingness of members to speak on potentially controversial issues, to impair the conduct of an orderly meeting and to be contrary to the traditional practice and custom of trade unions in the conduct of their affairs;

AND WHEREAS, it is well-recognized that modem technology makes it relatively simple to alter the content of an audio or video recording;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that it is hereby declared to be the policy of the International Union that, except as provided hereunder or pursuant to a variance and tolerance granted by the General President, members or officers of Local Unions or District Councils shall not make audio or video recordings of local union meetings. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Executive Board of a Local Union or District Council may vote to allow the Recording Secretary to record the proceedings at meetings of the Local Union for the sole and limited purpose of preparing accurate and complete minutes thereof.

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