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Fellow Workers here is a DRAFT of the changes to the GDC Bylaws the Steering Committee aims to present to Referendum

m for the membership to vote on. PLEASE look it over carefully, the changes are fairly extensive and aimed at making it easier to run the GDC as we comtinue to grow. Any area with a strikethrough means we propose to delete it. Any area that is bold and underlinded means we propose to add it. YOUR FEEDBACK IS ESSENTIAL. We need to hear ALL of your recommendations before this goes to Referendum so we can ensure it reflects what the membership feels is best for the GDC. If you stay silent, or simply say NO without offering a reason why, then you're not really participating! Get involved in YOUR General Defense Committee, fellow workers! From today (September 12) there is just over a month until the deadline for Referendum. That should be plenty of time for all of us to have some input on these Bylaws and make them the best the IWW has ever seen. Amongst the highlights of the proposal: Create new funds under the GDC to aid our non-imprisoned membership (ULP Fund, Good and Welfare Fund) as well as a Prisoner Sponsorship fund to allow incarcerated comrades a way to join the organization. Changes GDC International Groups to GDC Locals; we're not sure why a separate name was ever chosen for international comrades. More clearly defines the relationship of the Steering Committee to the CST and vice-versa. Enables Locals to set their own dues rates. Establishes guidelines for Referendums that are currently missing from the GDC Bylaws. Currently, they are NO guidelines, which makes Referendum sort of the CSTs call. Establishes that GDC Locals are always subordinate to the IWW, and must have 5 IWW members in good standing for a charter. This ensures no one can take the GDC as a whole or a GDC Local. More clearly spells out the roles of CST, Steering Committee, and Local officers. Currently, the Bylaws are vague in spots on what exactly the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of those offices are. In Solidarity, Chuck Bailey and Eric Zenke Sept. 12, 2011

NEW LANGUAGE OLD LANGUAGE Bylaws of the General Defense Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World Established: October 5th, 1917 As amended through 2001 As amended for 2012 All labor involved in the production of this pamphlet document was DONATED. Table of Contents TO BE ADJUSTED WHEN FINAL VERSION IS LAID OUT FOR PRINTING Article I 2 Section 1 Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Section 2 Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Section 3 Locals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Section 4 Internationals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Section 5 At Large/Regional Delegates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Article II 4 Section 1 Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Article III 5 Section 1 Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Article IV 5 Section 1 General Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Section 2 Duties of the Central Secretary-Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . 5 Section 3 Election of the Central Secretary-Treasurer . . . . . . . . . 6 Section 4 Duties of the Steering Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Section 5 Election of the Steering Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Section 6 Charges Against Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Article V 8

Section 1 Funds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Section 2 Dues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Article VI 10 Section 1 Clearing House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Article VII 10 Section 1 Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Section 2 Referendums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Appendix I: Charges Against General Officers 12 Appendix II: Offenses 13

Preamble The aims of this organization shall be to provide defense and relief to members of the working class who are being persecuted for their activity in the class struggle. Coordinating our efforts will enable the General Defense Committee to oppose the vicious onslaught of the master class with a powerful defense, especially when labor is engaged in industrial strife. It has been found in past labor struggles that the lack of adequate defense has resulted in many of the most active fighters for labor being arrested and imprisoned for long periods of time or being legally murdered by the employing class. It shall be the purpose of the General Defense Committee to aid those who find themselves persecuted by the powers that be in their struggle for justice and freedom. It shall also be the purpose of the General Defense Committee to publish and distribute literature exposing the false and reactionary propaganda of the master class to victims of incarceration, their friends, family and allies. By organizing the many and centralizing their efforts in each instance, labor will be given the protection of the entire working class, thereby making an injury to one the concern of all.

Article I Section 1 Name This organization shall be known as the General Defense Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World, and shall be stated so on membership cards, literature, and letterheads. Section 2 Structure and Publications A The General Defense Committee shall be composed of GDC Central, which includes the CST and the Steering Committee, chartered GDC Locals initiated by Industrial Unions and/or General Membership Branches, and chartered GDC Regional Groups Locals initiated by ROCs and individuals in areas outside North America of the United States. B GDC locals may be known as the GDC of the IWW, or of a particular local number, ROC, IUB, geographic location, or GMB where applicable. C The official publication of this organization shall be called the Defiant Spirit, and distributed electronically by default. The CST is in charge of producing the Defiant Spirit, or appointing a Defiant Spirit editor to produce the publication under the direction of the Steering Committee and CST. The Steering Committee and CST are to establish a schedule for the production and distribution of the Defiant Spirit. Submission deadlines for each Defiant Spirit shall be announced 30 days prior to close. D The official means of communication between Defiant Spirit issues shall be the GDC Email List at gdc-list@lists.iww.org. All GDC members so indicating on their membership form shall be subscribed to this list. Members can also communicate with GDC Central via mail at the address printed at the end of this document. E Paper subscriptions to the Defiant Spirit are available for a subscription cost decided each year by the Steering Committee. This subscription cost will cover the costs of printing and mailing. Paper subscriptions shall be the default for any and all incarcerated GDC and IWW members at no cost. These subscriptions will be maintained and processed by GDC Central. F Upon request, incarcerated members may communicate by mail to the GDC email list, or be published in the Defiant Spirit by proxy of the Steering Committee or CST. G The Constitution and Bylaws of the Industrial Workers of the World hereby

supercede any conflicting language within the GDC Bylaws as the GDC is bound by the IWW Constitution. H Financial reports will be made to the GOB of the IWW by the CST every fiscal quarter. Section 3 Locals A A GDC local must consist of at least five IWW members in good standing, and membership shall be open to non-members of the IWW who subscribe to the general principles and aims of the IWW and GDC. B Charters for GDC locals shall be issued and approved by the Steering Committee or GEB. A local charter may be placed in suspension by a two-thirds vote of the body which has jurisidiction over said Local IU, ROC, or GMB with jurisdiction, pending a and any GDC charter may be revoked immediately by a majority vote decision by of the Steering Committee or GEB to revoke a charter. The GDC local may appeal the decision of the Steering Committee GEB regarding charters to the membership GEB of the IWW. Revocations remain in effect during the appeals process. C Quorum to meet for a for an official GDC local meeting shall be five GDC members in good standing, and at least one present member must be an IWW member in good standing. D Each chartered local shall elect a Secretary-Treasurer who shall be the is the responsible custodian of all branch records, funds and supplies, oversees coordinating efforts with other locals, and reporting reports all such business and activities to the local IU or GMB. and It is also the duty of the Local Secretary Treasurer and all Delegates of the GDC to continue making monthly quarterly reports to the CST of the GDC, even if the report is to inform your local or the CST that no dues were taken. The local Secretary-Treasurer will be is responsible for maintaining all minutes of meetings and his/her their own monthly financial report to his/her their branch and shall endeavor to keep all members in good standing and aware of all referenda. E The locals elected Secretary-Treasurer shall be a is the delegate for the local, and as such is resposible responsible for all initiation fees, dues and assessments taken in by the local, and seeing that all funds are properly maintained and properly recorded, and that the per capita set aside for the Central Defense Fund is properly deposited with the CST. The local may elect, and the CST may appoint, other delegates as necessary. . F All local officers elected shall be members in good standing of the GDC.

G Each local may modify their local dues structure while keeping the split with GDC Central 50% of dues collected at the rate established by GDC Central, and produce local assessments stamps. No GDC Local may modify their dues structure to be less than $5 per quarter dues unless it is for the membership of the incarcerated. A copy of any stamp or structure changes issued by a local must be sent either by mail or email to GDC Central. H No chartered local shall enact any legislation or motion conflicting with the constitution of the IWW. Refer to Article 1 Section 2G. I All Locals and Delegates will remit copies of financial records to any member of GDC Central, any member of the GEB or the GST immediately upon request. The requesting body will reimburse copy costs for locals and delegates in hardship, provided receipts are included with IWW Reimbursement Forms. Reimbursement Forms can be found at www.iww.org or be mailed by request of GDC Central. J All Delegates are responsible for maintaining his/her own monthly financial report to their branch or the CST and shall endeavor to keep all members within their jurisidiction in good standing and aware of all referenda. K Uncleared Delegates and dechartered locals will remit all GDC supplies and funds to GDC Central upon a passing motion of the Steering Committee or the GEB. Section 4 Internationals Locals Outside of the United States A A GDC International Group will be the equivalent of a regional local outside North America for the GDC GDC Local. Each GDC International Local must be sponsored by an ROC, consist of at least five members of the IWW GDC in Good Standing, and be open to non members of the IWW who subscribe to the general principles and aims of the IWW and GDC. B Charters of GDC International Groups Locals shall be must be issued and approved by the GEB or Steering Committee or GEB. Charters for GDC locals with that International Groups Region shall be issued and approved by the local ROC. C Initiation fees, dues, and assessments may be set by a GDC International Group in that regions currency, and taking into consideration that regions prevailing economic situation. All funds raised by the International Group will be maintained by that group for local defense work with the exception of an initial charter fee of $25 and a yearly sustainer fee of $10 $50 (US) to be deposited to the General Fund no later than February 1st of

each year.These fees may be negotiated or waived by the CST in cases where they represent an economic hardship to the International Group. D Each International Group shall elect a Secretary-Treasurer who shall be responsible for keeping records, coordinating efforts with other locals, and reporting activities to the local IU or GMB and making quarterly reports to the CST of the GDC. F International Groups will be responsible for their own Bylaws, membership, officers, and means of internal communication. They may modify their local dues structure, and produce local assessments stamps. A copy of any stamp, structural change, or bylaws issued by an International Group must be sent to GDC Central via mail or email. G No International Group shall enact any legislation or motion conflicting with the constitution of the IWW. H International Groups will be chartered the same as any Local and will be given a GDC Local number and official Charter issued by GDC Central. Section 5 At Large/Regional Delegates A In areas where there is no branch or local affiliate or the GDC, the The Central Secretary-Treasurer may issue credentials authorizing certain members to act as regional or at large delegates with the authority to initiate new at-large members of the GDC, and/or collect dues and assessments for the GDC International (also known as GDC Central). B Regional delegates must be members in good standing of the GDC. C Regional delegates of the GDC IWW may also serve as delegates for the IWW GDC upon requesting Delegate Credentials from GDC Central. , but no local branch or body of the IWW may have more than one regional or at-large delegate. D Each regional delegate will be responsible resposible to the GDC for all funds and supplies, including initiation fees, dues and assessments and will pass on such information along with all funds received to GDC Central Administration in a bi-monthly quarterly report. Article II Section 1 Membership A Any member of the IWW in good standing may be a member of the GDC.

B Non-members of the IWW, and those ineligible for membership in the IWW may still join the GDC, as long as they subscribe to the general principles and aims of the IWW and GDC. C All members shall agree to abide by the regulations of the GDC, and the Constitution and regulations of the IWW; to study the principles contain therein; and make themselves acquainted with its purpose. D No expelled member of the IWW shall be eligible for membership in the GDC. Article III Section 1 Goals A The GDC of the IWW wants most to provide support to any member of the working class who finds themselves in legal trouble due to their involvement in the class war. B Any member of the IWW or GDC in good standing may petition the GDC for direct aid in their legal defense on charges resulting from protests, picketing, or other acts related to job actions or activist causes. This aid may include bail, bond, or legal aid, and may take the form of a grant or a no interest loan. Members may also rest assured assurend of solidarity from the organization, including motions of support, letter writing, and public education as to the case (or cases) in question. C Non-members of the IWW and GDC who find themselves embattled with the law may also expect solidarity from the organization, including motions of support, letter writing, and public education as to the case (or cases) in question. D GDC Locals and International Groups will always try to engage in strike support and other activities consistent with the aims and principles of the IWW. E The GDC is also available to aid our organizers facing ULPs and other work related legal issues. Article IV Section 1 General Officers A The officers of the GDC shall consist of the Central Secretary-Treasurer (CST), the Chair of the General Executive Board, and General Defense Steering Committee. Section 2 Duties of the Central Secretary-Treasurer

A The CST of the GDC shall be to must take charge of all books, papers and effects of the GDC, shall will conduct the correspondence pertaining to his/her office, shall be is the custodian of the seal of the organization and shall will act as a clearing house for stamps, cards and other educational supplies. B The CST shall be is responsible for the financial finical accounting of all funds of the GDC, controlling the Central Defense Fund of the GDC, and all other expenses and special accounts. The CST will be is responsible for making a quarterly financial finical report available to the General Executive Board, the general membership of the IWW, and the membership of the GDC by submission to the IWW GOB. C The CST shall publish a quarterly circular for all North American members and International Groups of the GDC to be issued in Febuary, May, August, and November. D The CST will make himself themself available each year to the IWW and the GDC during the General Delegate Convention Assembly of the Union IWW, reporting on the state of the GDC and on its various projects. Any business, or discussion of the processes, procedures, or methods of the GDC may be handled by the union Convention Delegates at this time. E C The term of office shall be for 1 year and shall commence on January 1. D The CST of the GDC will have a voice and vote on all Steering Committee motions and will maintain all records of motions failed and passed. F The CST will remit any and all financial and communication records upon request by any member of the GDC Steering Committee, or any member of the GEB or the GST of the IWW. Section 3 Election of the Central Secretary-Treasurer A Nominees for the office if of the CST shall each be a member of the IWW, in good standing for two years, and a member of the GDC for at least 6 months one year prior to nomination. B In the event that no nominee for CST meets these requirements, then they shall be reduced to 1 years membership in the IWW, and 6 months membership in the GDC. C Nominations for the office of CST will be made at the General Assembly IWW Delegate Convention of the IWW, beginning in the year 2000. or through the Nominations may also be made via mail or e-mail, with nominations closed by the close final

adjournment of the General Convention GA. The election shall be by general referendum of the membership of the IWW. D Any person elected to the CSTs office must remain in good standing with both the IWW and the GDC while holding office. E No candidate for the CST will be permitted to run or hold other office within the General Administration at the same time, unless no other qualified candidates are available. F No candidate is eligible for more than three terms in succession. Members who have served three or more consecutive terms as CST shall only have their names placed on the ballot, in the event that two qualified nominees cannot otherwise be secured. G The General Executive Board, of the IWW shall have the power to appoint the Central Secretary-Treasurer of the General Defense Committee whenever the post is left vacant. G If the post of Central Secretary-Treasurer becomes vacant, the GDC Steering Committee shall have the power to appoint a short-term Central SecretaryTreasurer of the General Defense Committee by unanimous vote. This appointment shall become effective immediately but shall be reviewed by the GEB. The GEB shall have final authority over who the new long-term CST shall be. Section 4 Duties of the Steering Committee A The General Defense Steering Committee will be made up of three elected representatives of the GDC three members elected by GDC referendum and the CST. and The Chair of the General Executive Board will act as a deciding vote when a tiebreaker is neccessary. B The Steering Committee shall have general supervision of over all affairs of the GDC, and shall watch vigilantly over the interests throughout its jurisdiction. C The Steering Committee shall consider petitions of those requesting aid from the GDC, and have the full power to provide whatever help is available up to and including 50% 30%, of non-earmarked funds, of from the Central Defense Fund of the Committee GDC. Funds greater than 30% shall be approved by GEB vote. D The Steering Committee will have full editorial oversight over all GDC publications and guide their policy. E Elected Representatives to the Steering Committee shall each serve a term of office of 1 year, which shall commence on January 1.

F Each elected Representative to the Steering Committee is eligible for a maximum of five terms in succession. Members who have served five or more consecutive terms shall only have their names appear on the ballot, in the event that three other qualified nominees cannot otherwise be secured. G In the absence of elected members of the Steering Committee, the remaining participants, the CST, the GST of the IWW, and the Chair of the General Executive Board, may make any and all decisions on the Committees behalf. Section 5 Election of the Steering Committee A Nominees for the Steering Committee shall each be a member of the IWW for 1 year 2 years, and a member of the GDC for 6 months 1 year prior to nomination. B Members of the GDC who are not eligible for membership in the IWW may be nominated to serve on the Steering Committee, but must have maintained membership in good standing for at least 2 years prior to nomination. C In the event that no nominee meets these requirements, then they shall be reduced to 6 months membership in the IWW and the GDC at the time of nomination. D Nominations for the Steering Committee must be made by mail to the Central Secretary-Treasurer no later than 10 days before the IWW Delegate Convention General Assembly, The Central Secretary Treasurer and Steering Committee will contact nominees regarding their acceptance before reviewing nominees eligibility. A list of eligible nominees will be released with all proposed referendum resolutions via direct mailing to each GDC member in good standing. The election shall be by special referendum of the membership of the GDC only, mailed out with the November Quarterly. of the GDC. E Any person elected to the Steering Committee must remain in good standing with both the IWW and the GDC while holding office. F No elected member of the Steering Committee will be permitted to run for or hold other office within the General Administration as the same time. G In the event of a vacancy on the Steering Committee, with all duly elected members or alternates already serving or being unavailable, the Central Secretary-Treasurer and the GEB Chairperson shall appoint a new committee member until another shall be elected by referendum.

Section 6 Charges Against Officers A Charges against any Officers of the GDC should be filed in writing with the GEB or the General Assembly, following the protocols laid out for charges in the Constitution of the IWW. (Refer to Appendix I and II) Article V Section 1 Funds A Two Five funds will be maintained by GDC Central. The General Fund will be maintained as the operating fund for the GDC, for the purpose of expenses, printing, and other needs supplies that may arise related to the operation of GDC Central. The Central Defense Fund of the GDC shall be retained in a separate account accounted for separately and distributed for the purpose of legal defense work. The Prisoner Sponsorship fund will be maintained and dispensed by the CST and used for sponsoring incarcerated individuals seeking membership in the GDC and/or IWW, pending a majority vote of the Steering Committee. Prisoner Sponsorship funds will be accumulated through donations and assessments. The GDC Unfair Labor Practice fund will be maintained by the CST and distributed by petition from the IWW Organizing Department Board, released upon a majority vote of the Steering Committee. Funds will be accumulated through donations and assessments. The ULP fund is to be used toward legal costs affiliated with IWW organizers dealing with Unfair Labor Practices. Individuals must be members of the GDC to receive this funding. The Good and Welfare Fund (GaWF) will be maintained by the CST and distributed by majority vote of the Steering Committee. The GaWF is accumulated through donations and assessments. The Good and Welfare Fund exists to help organizers who find themselves facing hardship such as eviction, not being able to afford food and other basic neccessities, due to being fired for participating in union activity. Only 10% of the available funds in the GaWF may be dispersed to any one individual within a 12 month period. Individuals must be members of the GDC to receive funding. B Any member of the IWW or GDC in good standing may petition the GDC Steering

Committee for direct aid in their legal defense from the Central Defense Fund. This aid may take the form of bail, bond or legal aid, and make take the form of a grant or a no interest loan. This member should make an honest good faith effort to repay this no interest grant or loan to the Defense Fund within 24 months. C Such funds may normally only be drawn out of the Central Defense Fund at the direction of by the Steering Committee, after a proper petition, motion and a majority vote in favor. D In the interest of fulfilling one of the GDCs goals of strengthening Solidarity with all prisoners of the class war, the CST is permitted to issue checks for Gifts of Solidarity to other Defense efforts that are brought to the attention of the GDC. Such gifts may not exceed $25 each per recipient per year, and the total of all gifts in a calendar year may not exceed $200 $500, or %4 of the Defense Fund, whichever is greater. Such gifts may only be issued to Defense Funds and not or to incarcerated individuals who are members of the General Defense Committee or IWW. These gifts can also be given to prisoners as commissary gifts E In the event of an emergency, the CST may seek the approval of the Chair of the GEB to access up to 50% 75% of funds not yet earmarked the fund in the Central Defense Fund for legal aid, or other needs arising from state oppression. F The membership of the GDC may requisition up to 50% of the funds from the Central Defense Fund for any given initiative by means of a referendum of the entire GDC membership. Said referendum may be called by a signed petition of 15 members of the GDC, in good standing for at least one month prior to the month the petition is initiated, or by a chartered local making official petition by majority vote and balloting to be conducted by the office of the CST. G GDC Locals and International Groups may raise funds through assessments and other fundraising techniques to aid in the defense of the class war prisoners outside the IWW and GDC. These funds will be a separate trust maintained by the chartered local or international group. Delegates at large are required to submit all dues and assesments with their quarterly delegate report. H Donations sent to the GDC on behalf of the class war prisoners outside the IWW and GDC, will always be so earmarked and always be passed on in a timely fashion to a Defense Account for aforementioned prisoner. Donations that remain unclaimed after 6 months of attempting to establish contact with the prisoners Representative(s) will be allocated to the Defense Fund by the CST or to the Prisoners Commissary fund if possible.

I The General Fund is not to exceed $10,000. Funds exceeding $10,000 in the General Fund shall be transferred to the Defense Fund. J There shall be no limit to funds held in the GDC Defense Fund. K Funds over $10,000 in the GDC ULP fund will be transfered to the IWW ODB. L Funds over Section 2 Budget and Fiscal Year A At the start of each IWW fiscal year the Steering Committee and GEB Chair will discuss, create, and finalize a budget for the GDC. B The GDC Central budget must be completed and approved via GDC Steering Committee no later than 15 days after the start of the IWW Fiscal Year. C The GDCs fiscal reporting year shall coincide with that of the IWW. Currently each fiscal year starts July 1st and ends June 31st. Section 2 3 Dues A Initiation fees for GDC membership shall be are $5.00, all of which goes in the GDC General Fund, and dues shall be a sliding scale starting at no less than $5.00 per quarter. It is recommended that one quarters GDC dues be the same as one month of the members IWW dues. It is the policy of the GDC to put no financial barrier to prevent any worker from joining. Accordingly, initiations shall not exceed $5.00 nor quarterly dues exceed $27.00. B Each local shall retain 75% 50% of dues collected, and pass the remaining 25% to the Central Defense Fund and 25% to the General Fund. C At-large members, who are not part of a branch local shall pay all their dues directly to the CST, or an at-large or regional delegate. Of these dues, 75% 50% shall be deposited in the Central Defense Fund; the remaining 25% 50% may will be deposited in the General Fund. D Dues and other funds, such as assessments, raised by International Groups will be maintained by

that group for local defense work. The exception will be an initial charter fee of $25(US) and a yearly sustainer fee of $10$50 (US) to be deposited to the General Fund no later than February 1st. These fees may be negotiated or waived by the CST in cases where they represent an economic hardship to the International Group. Article VI Section 1 Clearing House A The CST and Steering Committee will maintain contact with each local of the GDC, and the CST will function as a Clearing House for all supplies and materials necessary to conduct the business of the GDC. B The Secretary-Treasurer of each local or group GDC Local or International Local will maintain contact with the Clearing House through the CST, and shall record all fees, dues, and assessments collected on forms by their locals delegate(s) provided by the Clearing House and return this along with all fees and dues money set aside for the General and Central Defense funds to the CST monthly. Quarterly. Quarterly delegate, branch, and body reports are due by the 1st of March, June, September, and December. C All regional delegates, delegates at large and or others bearing such credentials shall record all fees, dues, and assessments collected on forms provided by the Clearing House and return this along with all fees and dues money received to the CST bimonthly.shall record all fees, dues, and assessments collected on forms provided by the Clearing House, and must return this along with all fees and dues money allocated for GDC funds to the CST. Section 2 Clearing House and Reporting Deadlines A The due dates for all reporting to GDC Central each quarter are hereby the 1st of January, April, July, and October of each year. This shall remain effective for all delegates, Locals, Secretary-Treasurers, International Group locals and delegatesat-large. Article VII Section 1 Materials A There shall be a standard label for the GDC. It shall be of a crimson color and always the same in design. The use of the label shall only be vested in our organization. The Steering Committee and CST shall take any necessary steps to protect the label of the GDC.

B All branches of the GDC should procure and use such supplies as dues books, dues stamps, official buttons, labels and badges from GDC Central, whenever possible. All such supplies are to be of a uniform design. International Groups may print their own materials, dues books, dues stamps, official buttons, labels and badges, in their own language, if they desire. The general design and format of these materials should remain generally consistent with those produced by the Central Administration, and copies of these materials must should be forwarded on to the CST. C Assessments may be produced by the local and regional groups distributing them in various denominations. Likewise, assessments may be produced by GDC Central of various denominations, and types for various fundraising purposes. A copy, digital or otherwise, of any stamp issued by an International Group must be sent to GDC Central. Section 2 Referendums A A general referendum on any organization question, including constitutional amendments, may be initiated by the General Steering Committee of the GDC, by a petition of 20 GDC members in good standing, or by the GEB or the General Delgate Convention Assembly of the IWW. B All properly submitted referendum items shall be included on a ballot to be issued not more than 60 days after the end of the IWW Delegate Convention. Notification of all referendum items, including the full text of all questions to be voted upon and the names of all nominees for the Steering Committee who are eligible and have not declined, will be provided to all members via mailing not less than 30 days before ballots are mailed. Ballots shall be sent to all members in good standing and shall be open for voting for 31 days. Ballots shall be sent by mail to all members. The deadline for receipt of ballots at GDC Central shall be printed on the ballot. Votes shall be counted and the results released no later 32 days after ballots were mailed to the membership. Referendums shall take place annually, the ballot to me mailed with the November circular. All members in North America will receive their ballots in this manner, and will be responsible for returning their ballots to the CST by mail before the deadline set. International Groups will handle their own balloting as best suits their situation; reporting their vote totals to the CST by mail before the deadline set. C Bylaws, as well as future amendments and revisions of the Bylaws, must be approved by the GDC membership through referendum. D All changes ratified by a general referendum ballot shall take effect January 1, unless otherwise noted in the measure.

E Resolutions to be voted upon in referendum must be presented to the membership in the quarterly circular prior to the election (Summer-August). Section 3 Emergency Referendum A An emergency referendum may be initiated at any time by a signed petition by whichever is greater, 15% of the membership or 20 members, all of whom are to have been in good standing for more than one quarter. This referendum will follow the proper emergency referendum procedure. B Upon receipt of a completed Emergency Referendum petition the CST and Steering Committee shall, over the gdc-list@lists.iww.org, announce the receipt of the emergency referendum. It will also be announced in the next GOB after receipt. After a period of 60 days to allow for discussion on gdc-list@lists.iww.org and in the GOB, the CST shall send ballots to all GDC members in good standing for voting following the rules laid out in Article VII Section 2b. C Petitions must be signed with the members full name and membership number and may be submitted electronically by mail to gdc@iww.org, submitted to a GDC Central member, or delivered to the address at the end of this document. D The CST will verify the eligibility and membership of each petitioner and announce the legitimacy of the petition no later than 72 hours after receiving the petition. Charges: IWW Constitution Section 7 A Charges against any of the General Officers shall be filed in writing with the GEB or the General Convention, at the option of the person filing charges. Also, in the case where a member of the Union who is not a General Officer is accused of exercising the authority of the GEB or GST without their approval, such charges shall be filed in writing with the GEB or the General Convention, at the option of the person filing charges. If the charges are filed before the GEB, they shall at once have a copy of the charges sent to the accused, together with the notice of the date of the hearing of the charges. Charges filed before the General Convention must be sent to the General Secretary at least 30 days prior to the date of the convening of the

Convention. On receipt of the charges the General Secretary will forward a copy of the same to the accused and notice to appear at the convention for trial. B Any decision of the GEB on charges tried by them shall be subject to appeal to the next General Convention and from the General Convention to the general membership. The decision of the General Convention on charges can be appealed to the general membership. This appeal must be filed with the General Administration within ninety (90) days from the adjournment of the General Convention. The cost of appealing to the general membership shall be borne by the party taking the appeal. If the vote on appeal results in the favor of the party taking the appeal then the General Organisation shall refund the cost of the appeal. Offenses IWW Bylaws Section 7 Among the offenses for which discipline and penalties may be imposed against any member, or branch, or industrial union or other grouping: A willfully failing to comply with the Preamble, Constitution, or laws of the IWW, or the grouping to which they belong. B engaging in corruption, financial malpractice in respect of the funds or property of the organization. C attempting to secede, merge, dissolve or destroy any local or group of the IWW contrary to the provisions in the Constitution. D bringing false charges with malicious intent against a member, officer, or grouping of the Union. The discipline and penalty which may be imposed shall include censure, temporary suspension, disqualification or removal from office or official position, expulsion, or any combination thereof.