The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 29
Members Leaving the Society
Members Leaving the Society.
"That whereas, in the Monthly for February, 1878, in reply to a question asked by the Dover Branch, relative to the proper course to pursue in the case of a member resigning, the E.C. state there is no provision in our rules dealing with such cases; members who resign cease to be members when their arrears amount to twenty-six weeks, &C. And whereas a similar question, of identical meaning, though couched in somewhat different terms, was forwarded from this branch to the E.C., namely, 'That the B.S. of this branch be empowered to write to the E.C. for information whether we receive a certain member's (name omitted) money or not, after his request to be taken off the books;' whereas the E.C. did reply to the foregoing, and order us to expel said member without delay, said member not having been expelled from this branch by the members for misconduct; be it therefore resolved—That this branch do hereby respectfully request the Executive Council to explain this extraordinary divergence of opinion between the two answers; also to inform us which is the correct course to follow."
Reply.—The E.C. gave no orders in this case. They advised that a member should be expelled, in conformity with Rule 4, clause 7; not for resigning his membership, but for bringing discredit on the society. At a special summoned meeting of the Toronto Branch, held on April 18th, 1877, it was resolved, without a single dissentient:—"That no member of this branch work for less than 17½ cents per hour from and after May 1st." A member of the branch in receipt of 17 cents per hour was, on July 3rd, by resolution of his branch, requested to leave his employment. He refused to comply, and for thus setting his branch at defiance and bringing the society into discredit, the E.C. advised that he should be legally expelled, in accordance with rule.