Rank-and-File


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Rank-and-File

The members of an organization as opposed to its leaders. The term is especially common when some individual members disagree with leadership. For example, the rank-and-file members of a union may oppose some policies proposed by organizers and representatives.
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Both the votes from lawmakers and rank-and-file votes will be counted that day, with the prefectural chapters counting the votes from rank-and-file members and converting them to the chapters' votes for the candidates.
That lasted until the Rampart scandal broke, revealing how rank-and-file, anti-gang officers routinely violated the basic rights of what were mostly gang members and hoodlums.
Other contributions are distinguished by an effort to re-examine labor defeats from a rank-and-file perspective and to suggest "that history could have been different," as Lynd puts it.
different from those of rank-and-file practitioners and, as a consequence,
These plans will not be aggregated with plans maintained by the employer, and the rank-and-file employees of the employer will not be the subject of nondiscrimination testing for the self-employed plan maintained by the director.
Since November, our attention has been directed to the redeployment of enthusiastic rank-and-file union members into shop-organizing efforts.
The plans, a profit-sharing and a money purchase pension plan, covered the doctors and six rank-and-file employees.
The employee stock option expensing proposal released today by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) will significantly distort companies' financial statements, making it impossible for investors to compare the financial picture of companies and penalizing rank-and-file workers.