|Supreme government body is the Grand Lodge Convention which
meets every four years. Delegates
to this body are rank and file members elected at the local level.
Basic Law of the IAM is embodied in a written constitution voted by
elected delicates at the Grand
Execuative Council is made up of International President,
General Secretary Treasurer and nine
These officers must be members in good standing of the
union. They are elected by referendum
Also elected is a five-member Committee On Law which
oversees the presentation of constitutional
The basic strength is the IAM comes from the local unions
which operate under democratic rules.
Local Union By-Laws are written and voted on at membership
meetings. They must be consistent
Local Union Officers are elected at membership meetings.
Contracts with employers are negotiated by trained
representatives and local negotiating