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Proceedings of the Colored National Labor convention : held in Washington, D.C., on December 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, 1869.

1869-WASHGINGTON DC-Colored national Labor Convention 41.pdf

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CONSTITUTION

OF THE

NATIONAL LABOR UNION

ARTICLE I.

SECTION 1. This organization shall be known as the National Labor Union, and its jurisdiction shall be confined to the United States.

ARTICLE II.

SEC. 1. The National Labor Union shall be composed of such organizations as may now or hereafter exist, having for their object the amelioration and advancement of the condition of those who labor for a living.

SEC. 2. Each organization shall be entitled to one representative, and each State Labor Union to three for the State at large in the National Labor Union, provided that representatives derive their election direct from the organization they claim to represent.

ARTICLE III.

SEC. 1. The officers of the National Labor Union shall be elected annually on the third day of the session, and shall hold their office until their successors are duly elected. They shall consist of a President, Vice President, Recording and Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, and an Executive Committee of nine members.

SEC. 2. The above-named officers shall constitute a Bureau of Labor.

SEC. 3. There shall be one Vice President for each State, Territory, and the Distict of Colombia, to be chosen by the State Labor Unions where they exist. Where there are no State Labor and Unions, by the State Labor Conventions at their next meeting proceeding the annual meeting of the National Labor Union. If neither elect a Vice President, than the National Labor Union shall have power to appoint at their regular annual meeting.

SEC. 4. The Bureau of Labor shall be located in the city of Washington D. C.

ARTICLE IV.

SEC.1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the National Labor Union and the "Bureau of Labor," and preserve order and enforce the laws. He shall sign all orders for money drawn on the Treasure by the Secretary, and be the custodian of the seal, what shall be affixed to all documents emanating from his office, and perform such other duties as may be required of him by the Bureau of Labor, and in the interest of the various organizations and the several States demand.

SEC. 2. The vice President shall, in the absence or disabilities of the President, perform the duties of his office.

ARTICLE V.

SEC. 1. The Recording Secretary shall keep a correct account of the proceedings of the National Labor Union and the Bureau of Labor. He shall fill all blanks, and write all orders for money on the Treasurer. He shall keep a debit and credit account, and shall report the condition of the finances at each meeting of the Bureau of Labor, and perform such other services as maybe required by the National Labor

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