Article I - Purpose and Scope
Every affiliate of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, whether chartered or not, is required to meet the standards established by and set forth in this Code, including the standards established by and set forth in the appendices to this Code.
The purpose of this Code is to establish minimum standards to be met by affiliates in the handling of their funds and other assets and in the maintenance of their financial records. The establishment of these standards is not intended to prohibit the use of more complex or additional safeguards which may be established by any affiliate. It is not the intent of this Code and it shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to relieve any affiliate of any duty or responsibility which is placed on him or her by the constitution of the affiliate or of the International Union.
Nothing contained in this Code prohibits the use of mechanized or electronic equipment for the record keeping functions herein set forth -- properly developed and administered computerized accounting and record keeping programs are recommended for AFSCME’s larger affiliates. If such equipment is used and essentially accomplishes the purposes of the manual operations described in this Code, the minimum standards set herein shall, to that extent, be considered met.