Changes to AMO National Constitution approved

The following two resolutions were approved by unanimous votes of American Maritime Officers members attending the December 6 AMO monthly membership meeting in Dania Beach, Fla. after having been previously approved for proposal by the AMO National Executive Board.

Note: The membership meeting date changes for the months of June and September were approved and enacted after the 2024 AMO calendar was already printed and distributed to AMO members and applicants; therefore, the membership meeting dates for June and September contained in the 2024 AMO calendar are not correct. Advance notice of the new meeting dates for June and September will be provided closer to the time at which those meetings will be conducted.

An updated copy of the AMO National Constitution will be posted to the AMO website containing the amendments detailed below prior to January 1, 2024.

2023 RESOLUTION NO. 3 OF THE AMERICAN MARITIME OFFICERS NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD

Changes to Article IV & V addressing initiation and dues

WHEREAS, the, National Executive Board met on 18 October 2023 to discuss the need to raise dues and initiation in 2024,

WHEREAS, the National Executive Board decided to change the period of initiation payoff from 5 to 3 years

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to its authority under Article XXV of the AMO National Constitution, the National Executive Board proposes to the AMO membership the following amendments to the AMO National Constitution:

Article IV, Section 3 paragraph (a) shall now read:

“(a) Applicants must pay the initiation fee established by this Union within three (3) years. At a minimum 1/3 of the current initiation fee will be paid each year. The fee may also be paid as a lump sum upfront. If rejected by this Union for any reason whatsoever, the fee paid shall be refunded upon request, and upon the return of all official documents issued by this Union evidencing the applicant’s status in this Union.”

Article V, Section 1 paragraph (a) shall now read:

“(a) Effective January 1, 2024, the annual dues rate for each rating for the two (2) groups specified below shall be as follows:

Group 1 – Deep Sea and Great Lakes Areas:

– Chief Engineers and Captains $1,932
– 1st Assistant Engineers, Chief Officers, First Officers, Electronics Officers*, and Electronics Technicians* $1,824
– 2nd Assistant Engineers, 2nd Officers, and Radio Officers* $1,724
– 3rd Assistant Engineers, 3rd Officers and Great Lakes Stewards* $1,624

* Electronics Officers, Electronics Technicians, Radio Officers, and Stewards who do not achieve 200 days of covered employment in a calendar year shall pay the non-sailing dues rate of $122.00 per quarter and $488.00 per year.”

Approved by the AMO National Executive Board on 16 November, 2023.

2023 RESOLUTION NO. 4 OF THE AMERICAN MARITIME OFFICERS NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD

Article XXI Revision

WHEREAS, amendments to the AMO National Constitution were last adopted through a union-wide referendum that ended in March 2009, and

WHEREAS, most membership meetings are attended by students enrolled at STAR Center and that STAR Center generally does not hold classes the weeks of New Years, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day,

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to its authority under Article XXV of the AMO National Constitution, the National Executive Board proposes to the AMO membership the following amendment to the AMO National Constitution:

Article XXI, Section 1 shall now read:

“The National President, or, an elected official designated by the National President or if the National President is incapacitated, an elected official designated by the National Executive Board, shall call and convene a regular monthly membership meeting on the first Wednesday of every month except in the months of January, June, July, and September when the membership meeting will be held on the second Wednesday. The meeting shall be at National Headquarters. The convening officer may, in his or her sole discretion, cancel, postpone, or move the location of a membership meeting only for exigent circumstances such as hurricane or flood watches or warnings, states of emergency declared by governmental authorities, or damage to the National Headquarters premises. This meeting shall be commenced at 1:00 P.M. local time. In the event a quorum is not present at 1:00P.M. local time the National President or National Officer officially in charge designated by the President shall postpone the opening of the meeting until a quorum is present, but in no event later than 1:30 P.M. local time. If a quorum is not present by 1:30 p.m., then the meeting shall be cancelled and the Order of Business shall be carried over to the next monthly membership meeting.”

Proposed by the AMO National Executive Board on November 16, 2023.