Wyoming Associated Builders
Principles of the Merit Shop
The Wyoming Associated Builders
(“Association”) is the voice of the Merit Shop in the Construction Industry
in Wyoming. We assume the
responsibility of making that voice heard. Toward
this end, we restate, herewith, the creed of the Merit Shop which we have
adopted as the basis of our association’s actions:
We believe that the Merit Shop
movement is a movement for the betterment of the individual…the industry…and
We believe in the system of Free
We believe that employees and
employers should have the right to determine wages and working conditions
through either individual or collective bargaining as they choose within the
boundaries of the law.
We believe that the employer must
have concern for the general welfare of the Employee and that there must be a
fair compensation for work performed. By
the same token, we believe that the employee has an obligation for satisfactory
performance of assigned work.
We support sound legislation in
the areas of Workmen’s Compensation, safety and unemployment compensation.
We believe legislation that embraces fair play for both employers and
employees is essential to the preservation of our Free Enterprise system.
The law should protect the right of employees to work regardless of race,
color, creed, sex, religion or membership or non-membership in a labor
We opposed violence, coercion,
intimidation and the denial of the rights of the free worker and free
We believe that work opportunities
in this state and nation should be made available to all of our people,
regardless of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, religion or membership
or non-membership in a labor Association and we support programs toward this
We believe that monopolies or any
kind of price or wage fixing are detrimental to our system of Free Enterprise
and that businesspeople can prevent these practices by becoming active in
politics and civic affairs.
We believe that the destiny of all
Americans can best be served by cooperation, reconciliation and following the
tenets of Free Enterprise and democratic government.
We encourage the growth and
development of these tenets.
Purpose and Objectives
The primary objective of this
Association is to foster and perpetuate the principles of the Merit Shop.
In addition to this primary
objective, this Association shall pursue and promote the following activities:
Encourage, develop and protect the building and construction industries.
Promote confidence and goodwill within the building and construction
industries and between these industries and the general public.
Promote and make available to membership the various programs organized
by the Association.
Perform services for members as they may decide advantageous to their
collective needs from time to time and as may be appropriate and directed by the
Board of Directors.
Communicate and cooperate with other groups and persons whose interests
and concerns appear to coincide with members.
The Association has not been formed for pecuniary profit or financial
gain and no part of the assets, income, or profit of the Association is
distributable to or ensures to the benefit of its members, directors, or
officers except to the extent permitted under the Not-for-Profit Corporation
Law. In accordance with Section
501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code, or its successor, to promote the common
business interest of its members, but not to engage in a regular business of
kind ordinarily carried on for a profit except in an incidental manner as
permitted by law.
G. The Association does not have as a purpose the formation by contract, agreement, arrangement, combination or otherwise of a monopoly in the conduct of its business, whereby competition or the free exercise of any activity in the conduct of any business, trade or commerce or in the furnishing of any service in this state, is or may be restrained.
Membership and Dues
Types of Membership shall be as follows:
Contractor/Subcontractor Member. A
person or other legal entity paying dues to the Association and who performs all
or some aspects of construction and building projects.
Supplier Member. A person or
other legal entity paying dues to the Association and which provides materials
and/or supplies to Contractors/Subcontractors involved in construction and
Associate Member. A person
or other legal entity paying dues to the Association which provides services to
the Contractors/Subcontractors during the normal course of doing business.
Life Member. An individual retired from an active role in the industry and
who wishes to continue to participate in furthering the objective, purpose and
programs of the Association.
Sustaining Member, A
Contractor/Subcontractor, Supplier, Associate, Life Member, firm, industry,
association, foundation, or any other group or individual who agrees to make a
voluntary annual contribution to help defray the costs of furthering the
objective, purposes and programs of the Association.
Service Member (Subsidiary), is a Contractor/Subcontractor Member of
another organization that prescribes to the principals of this Association, who
becomes a member under the same name in this Association for the purpose of
receiving some special service.
Any person, firm or corporation, etc. which possesses the qualifications
listed in the descriptions of the various memberships is eligible to become a
member of this Association provided that said person, firm, corporation, etc .,
shall subscribe to, support and follow the Principals of the Merit Shop as set
forth in Article I of these By-Laws. Any applicant which does not subscribe to,
support and follow the Principals of the Merit Shop as set forth in Article I of
these By-Laws shall not be eligible for membership.
., shall subscribe to, support and follow the Principals of the Merit Shop as set forth in Article I of these By-Laws. Any applicant which does not subscribe to, support and follow the Principals of the Merit Shop as set forth in Article I of these By-Laws shall not be eligible for membership.
Acceptance of any qualified application shall be automatic with the
payment of proper dues provided, however, that the Association Board of
Directors may, by a two-thirds vote of a quorum at a regular meeting reject any
applicant in its sole discretion. A
report of such rejection shall be submitted to the Association’s legal
counsel. A notice of the rejection
shall be forwarded to the applicant by the Association.
The applicant may request an opportunity request reconsideration of its
application within 30 days of the notice of rejection and upon timely request
the Board of Directors shall reconsider the request at the next scheduled Board
Application for the various types of membership shall be made on a form
supplied by the Association.
Dues for membership in the Association shall be set by the Board of
Directors of the Association.
Dues are payable on the first of January in advance for the entire year.
In the event that an application is received during the year, the amount
of the dues shall be prorated to the date of the application
Expulsion and Removal from Membership
A Contractor/Subcontractor, Supplier or Association member may be
expelled for just cause by a two-thirds vote of the Association Board of
Directors. A report of such
expulsion shall be forwarded to the Association’s legal counsel.
2. Life Members and Sustaining Members may be expelled from membership in the Association at any time by a two-thirds vote of the Association Board of Directors for just cause and for reasons that, in its discretion are inimical to and a material violation of the purposes of the Association. A report of such expulsion shall be forwarded to the Association’s legal counsel.
A member will automatically be removed from membership and lose all
rights and privileges of membership if he shall be delinquent in payment of dues
for a period of sixty days after the date dues are payable.
Upon payment of dues that are payable and the amount of any penalty for
non-payment set by the Board, a member shall be reinstated.
Discipline of this Association for just cause shall be as follows:
The Board of Directors shall have the power to reprimand, suspend or
expel any member of the group of members for conduct which, in the sole opinion
of a two-thirds majority of the Board is improper, dishonorable or prejudicial
in any way to the welfare or reputation of the Association or which materially
violates the standards of the Association.
The standard for expulsion of Life Members and Sustaining Members must
have in addition the standards set forth above.
In the event said Board votes to reprimand, suspend or expel any member
or group of members, prior to the effective date thereof said member or members
shall be given the opportunity to appear before the Board of Directors, upon an
appeal for reconsideration of the determination.
All appeals shall be heard by the Board at a regular meeting or a special
meeting called for the purpose of hearing the appeal.
A decision by the Board to expel a Member may only be overturned only by
a vote of two thirds of the Board. The
decision of the Board upon reconsideration shall be final.
Any member of the Association may withdraw from membership and be
relieved of the benefits and obligations thereof after delivery to the President
of the Association of a written notice of the member’s intention to so
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Board of Directors
Purpose. To govern the Association subject to these Bylaws and
Formulate policy for Association officers and Association staff.
Pass judgment on major Association decisions and disputes.
Representation. Board shall
consist of directors elected from members in good standing of the Association.
Not less than eight (8) authorized representatives of the members shall
make up the Association Board of Directors, including the elected officers of
The Board shall represent all classifications of members as is possible.
The Association shall hold an annual meeting of members to be held no
later than sixty days after the end of its fiscal year.
The Association membership may hold such other meetings as may be called
by the President, a majority of a quorum of the Board or by no less than
twenty-five percent (25%) of the members of the Association.
The Board of Directors of the Association will meet not less then
quarterly or as determined by the Board of Directors.
If the regular meeting is to be held on other than the regularly
scheduled day, it must have the approval of two-thirds of the Board of
A special meeting of the Board of Directors may be called by the
President of the Association or at the discretion of a majority of the Board of
An agenda shall be prepared by the President and the Staff for mailing as
notice of any meeting.
Mailing, facsimile, transmission or electronic transmission of the
agenda, along with the minutes of the previous meeting, will constitute notice
of the meeting. All notices must be provided by mail or alternate notice such
as by facsimile or electronic means at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting
date. Attendance at any meeting
shall constitute waiver of notice of any meeting.
Participation by a majority of the total membership of the association
members shall constitute a quorum. Participation
by a majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.
Qualification of Directors
A director must be an authorized representative of a member in good
standing of the Association.
All directors must have the ability to participate in meetings and accept
Duties of Directors
To regularly participate in Board meetings.
Failure to participate in less than two-thirds of the scheduled meetings
without adequate reason may be cause for replacement.
Term of Directors
Directors shall be nominated prior to the annual meeting to allow for
elections of board members at the annual meeting.
The terms of office of directors be three years and shall be staggered so
that no more than one-third (1/3) of the directors shall be elected each year.
The initial directors shall serve for a term of one, two or three years
respectively, in order to initiate the staggered terms.
In the event that an officer or member of the Board of Directors is
unable, for any reason, to complete his elected term of office, the remaining
duly elected Board of Directors by a majority vote shall select a representative
of a Member in good standing of the Association to fill out the aforementioned
Director’s term of office.
The Executive Committee
To consult with and advise the President of the Association.
To make decisions on matters that arise when time does not permit to call
a meeting of the Board; all decisions being subject to the approval of the
Board. The Executive Committee can
decide and act on matters of procedure, including but not limited to policy.
Recommend to the Board of Directors matters of policy.
Representation shall consist of the elected officers of the Association
as listed in these Bylaws plus the Immediate Past President of the Association.
Elected Officers, Terms and Their Duties
The officers shall be elected by the Association membership. The term of office of all officers shall be for three (3) years. All officers are also voting Board members.
Serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Preside over all Board meetings.
Vote on any issues.
Serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee.
Preside over all Executive Committee meetings.
Vote on any issues.
Serve as Chief Executive of the Association.
Appoint standing committees as follows:
(b) Finance and Budget
(e) Membership and Growth
Task forces with specific duties
(2) May appoint, at his discretion, any additional committees necessary for the activities of the Association.
Advise and assist all officers of the Association in their duties.
Represent the Association at functions where necessary or appoint a
designated representative when possible.
a. Serve on Board of Directors of the Association.
Assume office of President in the event of his absence, resignation or
removal from office.
Act as Coordinator of all Association committees.
Act as committee whip to follow up with the committee chairman to see
that committees are functioning and carrying out their assigned tasks.
Serve on the Executive Committee
Serve on the Board of Directors of the Association.
Shall be responsible to edit and see that the minutes of the Association
Board meetings are accurately recorded.
Assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President and
Shall submit financial summaries to the Board of Directors at scheduled
Board meetings and as requested by the Board of Directors.
Serve on the Executive Committee.
Shall be responsible for the accurate recording of the minutes or the
Executive Committee meetings.
Shall be member of Finance and Budget Committee.
a. To be hired by the Board of Directors or the Association and serve at the pleasure of the Board. The Executive Director shall be a non-voting
Board of Directors to determine job duties.
To be directly responsible to the President of the Association for all
To be hired by the Executive Director
Duties to be performed by the Executive Director
To be retained by the Executive Director when necessary.
All Committees, standing and temporary.
Shall be responsible to the President and come under the direct
supervision of the Vice President. The
Vice President shall be assisted by the Association staff in aiding the
committee to accomplish their tasks.
To attend all of his committee meetings and report progress or
accomplishments to the Vice President or the Board of Directors.
To officiate at the meetings of his committee.
To see that enough meetings are held to complete the assigned tasks.
Responsible for attending all of his committee meetings
Willing to accept responsibilities and work toward the goals and purpose
of his Committee.
Nominations and Elections
The Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President and shall
consist of at least three (3) members.
The Nominating Committee shall submit its nominations prior to the annual
meeting on the nominations of President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and
Board of Directors. This report
will be communicated to the general membership during the annual meeting and
elections held at that time.
Additional nominees, other than those submitted by the Nominating
Committee, may be including on the ballot during the vote provided that prior
consent of the nominee has been obtained and provided that the nominee’s name
has been presented prior to the election.
Only members in good standing will be eligible to vote.
Each member will receive one (1) vote.
The election of officers and directors shall be conducted as follows:
The general membership shall be notified of a meeting to be held 30 days
prior to the date the election is scheduled to be held.
A majority of those voting shall elect the candidate for office.
In the event of a tie vote in the election of any office, the Board of
Directors shall determine the winner by a majority vote.
In the event there are no opposing candidates, the slate as presented
will be elected by a simple voice vote of the members in good standing attending
the meeting with the Secretary casting the deciding vote.
In the event that there are opposing candidates for any office, the
election will be by written ballot.
Savings Accounts in the name of the Association shall be opened with such
financial institutions as the Board of Directors may determine from time to
Withdrawals from savings accounts shall require the signature of the
Executive Director and any one of the following officers:
President, Vice President, or Treasurer.
A checking account in the name of the Association shall be opened with
such financial institutions as the Board of Directors may determine from time to
Checks shall require the signature of two of the following:
President, Vice President, Secretary or Executive Director.
These Bylaws may be amended in whole or in part by a two-thirds vote of
the Board of Directors provided, however, that:
The President shall appoint a duly constituted Bylaws Committee to study
and prepare such amendment.
All amendments shall be presented to the Board of Directors in the form
of a formal resolution.
The members of the Board of Directors have been notified at least three
weeks in advance of the proposed amendment.
The notification of such a vote shall include the proposed amendment and
the reasons therefore.
Indemnification of Officers
and every officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Association shall
be indemnified by the Association against any and all claims, liabilities, and
expenses legally incurred by them in the course of normal business practices of
the Association or for which they may be held liable while acting within the
scope of their duties for the Association.
However, in the event that any member of the Board or officer performs an
act which he knew, or should have known, was a violation of the law of the State
of Wyoming or regulations of the IRS pertaining to not for profit corporations,
or does an intentional act for which the Association may be held liable, he may
be held personally accountable for such infraction and there shall be no
indemnification shall for such violation or act.
Dissolution of Corporation
Should dissolution of the Association become necessary, all its assets shall be liquidated with funds first to be used to satisfy all outstanding indebtedness. Proceeds then remaining shall be distributed to predetermined organizations which meet requirements set forth in Section 501(c)(6) of Internal Revenue Code, such organization(s) being duly qualified to do business within Wyoming.
After all business has been satisfactorily terminated, the corporate secretary will be directed to notify the Wyoming Secretary of State by U.S. mail of the corporation's dissolution. Arrangements shall then be made to preserve important records, following which all corporate officers and members of the Board will submit and accept their respective resignations and the corporate books will be closed.