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Starting a General Defense Committee Local

A GDC local must consist of at least five members of the IWW in good standing, and shall be open to non members of the IWW who subscribe to the general principles and aims of the IWW and GDC. Charters for GDC locals are issued by the General Executive Board of the IWW.

Each chartered local shall elect a Secretary/Treasurer who shall be the responsible custodians of all branch records, funds and supplies, coordinating efforts with other locals, and reporting all such business and activities to the local IU or GMB and making monthly reports to the Central Secretary Treasurer (CST) of the GDC. The local Secretary/Treasurer will be responsible for all minutes of meetings and of his/her own monthly financial report to his/her branch; shall endeavor to keep all members in good standing and aware of all referenda.

The local's elected Secretary/Treasurer is the delegate for the local, and as such is responsible for all initiation fees, dues and assessments taken in by the local, and seeing that all funds are properly maintained, and that the per capita set aside for the Central Fund is properly deposited with the CST.

Each local may modify their local dues structure, and produce local assessment stamps.

Applications for chartering a local, or additional information may be obtained from the Central Secretary Treasurer of the GDC. Completed application should be returned to the Central Secretary Treasurer who will then see that they are brought before the General Executive Board for approval.

The application fee for a GDC local is $25. However, each local retains 75% of dues collected, passing on only the 25% remaining to the GDC Central Fund.

If your branch or group previously had a GDC local, you may relist with the GDC, and forgo the application fee. Send contact information for your group, including a snail-mail address, name and phone number of the GDC secretary, and a list of members to the Central Secretary Treasurer, along with any old supplies you might have (cards, stamps, etc.) - these will be replaced with new supplies, a copy of the new By-laws, and an application for a new charter.

Please Note - Older style charters, cards, stamps and tokens issued prior to January 1, 2001 are no longer valid . . . primarily because we simply have no way of tracking them. Therefore you must renew your memberships, and request new supplies if you want to see the GDC rebuild.

Starting an International GDC Group

A GDC International Group is the equivalent of a "regional local" outside of North America. Each GDC International must be sponsored by an ROC of the IWW, consist of at least five members of the IWW 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.

Charters for GDC International Groups shall be issued and approved by the GEB. Charters for GDC locals within that International Groups Region shall be issued and approved by the local ROC. All charters will be issued by the Central Secretary Treasurer of the GDC.

Initiations 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 (US).

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.

International Groups will be responsible for their own By-laws, membership, officers, and means of internal communication. They may modify their local dues structure, and produce local assessment stamps.

Information or applications for chartering an International Group of the GDC may be obtained from the Central Secretary Treasurer of the GDC. Completed application should be returned to the Central Secretary Treasurer who will then see that they are brought before the General Executive Board for approval.