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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Under the bill, the share of the regular rank and file and supervisory employees shall be fully and equally distributed among them.
In 2004, the high court ruled as unconstitutional the provision that did not exempt rank and file employees from the SSL that otherwise would have allowed them to enjoy higher pay, he said.
The bills authorize the Comelec to reclassify and upgrade accordingly all the remaining rank and file plantilla positions in the poll body's main and field offices.
To say that The New Rank and File is a worthy successor to its forbear is an understatement.
Like the original Rank and File, this is an oral history, with all of that genre's virtues and vices.
They say unions needs to become more feisty, less bureaucratic - and ruled by the rank and file. For them, it's a matter of putting "the movement" back in the labor movement, of recharging unions from the ground up.
Going hand in hand with this response were the rank and file's answers to questions about how to increase their performance.
However, I found The New Rank and File well organized thematically and most of the "personal histories," which are actually "collective histories," make for engaging reading.
This pattern is repeated throughout the book as Green does not fully substantiate what "the majority" rank and file members actually thought and practiced any more than historians who have focused exclusively on leaders.
The resulting organization did not emerge only to control the rank and file as Lynd suggests.
Other Cordoban unions were similarly free from the strictures which Argentine trade unionism frequently imposed on union locals and were more responsive to rank and file pressures.