1609 Bradley et al. v. Local Union 3520
Case No: 1609
Appellants’ failure to certify in accordance with Article 16, §19, was not the result of reliance on anything the financial secretary said to them, but rather was based on their mistaken belief that the certification requirement did not apply to local union officers. One of the basic obligations of union membership is the payment of dues. Given their situation, appellants should have been extra careful and diligent to perform this duty. When appellants failed to certify their entitlement to “out-of-work” credits in October 2007, their membership lapsed automatically.