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SHEET METAL WORKERS' LOCAL UNION #9

STRUCTURE & GOVERNING BODY OF THE LOCAL UNION


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STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF THE LOCAL UNION

The Constitution & Ritual of the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association provides that each Local Union has the right to establish rules and regulations by which the membership of that Local Union can govern itself, so long as those rules and regulations do not conflict with the constitution. Each Officer and Representative must be nominated and elected by the Membership of the Local Union to serve three (3) year terms with the exception of appointments to fill unexpired terms of less than one (1) year or for the employment of Local Union organizers for periods not to exceed one (1) year duration as needed.

UNION OFFICERS & REPRESENTATIVES


PRESIDENT:  Steven F. Laga
DUTIES:  To preside over and conduct meetings of the Local Union and the Executive Board.  The President has the authority to appoint members to special committees which serve at the pleasure of the Union.

VICE-PRESIDENT:  Leonard E. Martinez
DUTIES:  Serves as a member of the Executive Board and assumes the duties of the President in the absence of the President.

RECORDING SECRETARY:  Kenneth W. Dustin
DUTIES:  Handles all correspondence for the Local Union and is responsible for the keeping of the official minutes of all Local Union and Executive Board meetings.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

The Executive Board or "E-Board" consists of a total of six (6) members, one (1) from the Denver Area, one (1) from the Northern Area, one (1) from the Southern Area, one (1) At Large, (1) from the Western Slope and one (1) from Production.

Denver Area: Corry Avery
Northern Area: Christopher Kendall
Southern Area: Donald Perkins
At Large: Vacant
Western Slope:  Ricardo Padilla
Production: Robin Baca

DUTIES: This is the "Governing Body" of the Local Union. The Executive Board is responsible for the presentation of motions and recommendations for approval by the General Membership on all matters concerning the operation of the Local Union. The E-Board also acts as the negotiating committee in contract negotiations and as the Local Trial Board with the approval of the Membership.

TRUSTEES AND OTHER OFFICERS

A total of three (3) trustees may be elected from any area of the state.

TRUSTEES: Scott Collier, Mark Fischer, Eric Kiefer.

DUTIES: The trustees are the "watch dogs" of the financial affairs for the Local Union. They are responsible for recommendations to the Membership for payment of all debts incurred by the Local Union and for reporting the financial status of the Local Union to the Membership.

WARDEN: Lans Pursel

DUTIES: Acts as "Sergeant at Arms" at the Local Union meetings and assists the President or Business Manager as directed.

CONDUCTOR: Vacant

DUTIES: Examines dues receipts at local meetings and assists the President or Business Manager as directed.

LOCAL UNION BUSINESS MANAGER

Local #9 Business Manager: Eric A. DeBey

DUTIES: Conducts the day-to-day business affairs of the Local Union. He has the responsibility of hiring competent personnel necessary for the operation of the Union, the negotiation and enforcement of all local agreements, and supervision of the Business Representatives and Organizers in their day-to-day activities. He has the final responsibility for the well being of all local members with respect to their wages, fringes, and working conditions, and is the first line of communication to the International Association.

FINANCIAL SECRETARY-TREASURER

Local #9 Financial Secretary-Treasurer: Tommy Dongarra

DUTIES: The Financial Secretary-Treasurer of the Local Union has the responsibility of overseeing the financial status of the Union.

LOCAL UNION BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES

S.M.W. #9 currently employs three (3) full time Business Representatives in the state, two (2) from the Denver area and one (1) from the Southern area of the state.

Denver Area: Jason Wardrip and Tommy Dongarra
Southern Area: Randy Mitchell

DUTIES: The Business Representative is the first line of communication for the membership (other than a shop or job-site steward) to the Executive Board, Trustees and the Business Manager of the Local Union. They act as field representatives in settling disputes between Employers and the Membership. They have total responsibility for enforcement of the Local Union contract and, at the discretion of the Business Manager, may be assigned to perform other duties as needed.

STATEWIDE TRAINING DIRECTOR

The Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (J.A.T.C.) currently employs one  (1) director, one (1) training coordinator who handles the responsibilities of both the Southern Area and the Western Slope  Area, and one (1) assistant coordinator who assists with the responsibilities on the Western Slope Area.

Statewide Training Director: John Fleck
Coordinator - Southern Area and Western Slope: Andy Gilliland
Assistant Coordinator - Western Slope: Travis Lancaster


DUTIES: The Training Director is responsible for the operation of the Training Centers for both the Apprentice and Journeyman Upgrade classes. He is hired by and works under the direct supervision of the Statewide J.A.T.C.  The Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator assist the director in the day-to-day operations of the Training Centers in their areas.

STEWARDS

DUTIES: The Steward is the "Voice of the Union." He is the conduit for all communications between the members and the employer. He has the responsibility for assuring that each member is afforded equal treatment under the contract and is generally involved in the processing of all grievances. The Steward is appointed by the Business Manager or Business Representative. With the exception of the Stewards, the Training Coordinator, and the Organizers, all positions noted are filled through elections which are conducted every three (3) years. The membership elects who will represent them by nominating and supporting candidates of their own choosing.

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