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Spotted in the wild:
- So we are going to work together as a team, both at the top and the ranking file of this subcommittee, if I have anything to do about it, and as subcommittee chairman I do have something to do about it. (House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce transcript, Feb. 15, 2001)
- They had to basically be approved by not only school committees but all the waivers had to be agreed to by labor management contracts and in some cases that meant that every alternative in a proposal would end up actually having to be voted on by the ranking file at a general assembly meeting. (Brown University, "The Future of Urban Schools" conference transcript, Feb. 15-16, 2001)
- Find ways to involve the ranking file faculty in the capital planning process and to find ways to have a forum for a reaction to propose plans and request prior to submission on each individual project. (North Carolina State University, Minutes of the Faculty Senate, Jan. 25, 2005)
In transcripts of committee meetings, there may be some confusion (on the part of either the speaker or the transcriber) between rank and file and ranking members of the committee.