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Trade Association Constitution and Bylaws

Dear Guild Members,

In October 2015 the Graphic Artists Guild voted overwhelmingly to move from a labor union to a trade association. Now, you've voted to implement our new governing documents. Thank you for taking the time to vote.

Passing new governing documents represents the next step in the legal process to dissolve the Guild’s 501(c)(5) legal status and reorganize as a not-for-profit trade association with a 501(c)(6) legal status. We will now “amend” the current Constitution by replacing the old labor union Constitution with the new trade association governing documents (below).  

We’ve written two new documents for the Trade Association: a Constitution and the By-Laws. The two new documents separate the basic defining identity and structure of the organization from the particulars of how it works. You can view them at the bottom of this page

The mission and objectives of the Graphic Artists Guild will not change.

Changing to the legal status of a 501(c)(6) allows the Guild to expand our membership categories in order to accept more people in related professions, as well as to accept creative businesses as members. The more members we have, the more we can grow the Guild.

At this time, your current membership status will continue for the remainder of your membership year. When your time comes to renew, you will be asked to choose a new membership category. “Full Members” will be called “Professional Members,” and will include all professional visual creators. Dues for Full Members/Professional Members will remain the same. The Associate Members category will change.


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