Constitution of University of Massachusetts Employee's Local 1776 AFSCME, AFL-CIO

 

Article I

Name

 The name of this organization shall be the University of Massachusetts Employee's, Amherst, Local 1776 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO.

  

Article II

Affiliations

Local 1776 shall be affiliated with AFSCME Council 93 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO and the Hampshire/Franklin Labor Council.

  

Article III

Objectives

A. To promote the organization of workers in general and public employees in particular.

B. To promote the welfare of the membership and to provide a voice in the determination of the terms and conditions of employment. We are committed to the process of collective bargaining as the most desirable, democratic and effective method to achieve this. Both as union members and citizens we shall also employee available legislative and political action.

C. To promote civil service legislation and career service in government.

D. To provide research and educational services and activities designed to assist members and affiliates.

E. To foster cooperation among affiliates.

F. To cooperate with other labor organizations in particular and other segments of our society in general toward the ends that the material riches of American society be more justly distributed and the moral promises of American life be realized.

G. To work with our brothers and sisters in other lands toward the improvement of the conditions of life and work in all countries, towards the diminution of international tensions and a reduction in the use of armed forces to resolve disputes, and towards genuine fraternity of all workers.

 


Article IV

Membership and Dues

Section 1. All employees of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are eligible for membership in this local union; subject to the requirements of the Constitution of the International Union.

Section 2. Application for membership shall be made on an authorization form for payroll deduction of union dues. Members not eligible for payroll deduction of union dues shall be billed monthly in advance by the secretary-treasurer.  

Section 3. The bi-weekly membership dues shall be $19.37 per member. In January of each year the dues of this local shall be adjusted in accordance with the provisions of the International Constitution.

Section 4. Membership dues shall be payable monthly in advance to the local Secretary-Treasurer and in any event shall be paid no later than the fifteenth of day of the month in which they become due. Any member who fails to pay dues by the fifteenth day of the month in which they become due shall be considered delinquent, and upon failure to pay dues for two successive months shall stand suspended. Provided, however, that any person who is paying his or her dues through a system of regular payroll deduction shall for as long as that member continues to pat through such deduction method, be considered in good standing.

Section 5. A member suspended under the above section may be reinstated to membership in the local upon payment of all arrearages.

 

Article V

Meetings

Section 1. Regular meetings of this local shall be the chapter meetings and shall be held once each month by each chapter at a time and place to be fixed by the chapter officers.

Section 2. Special meetings of a chapter may be called by the local union president, the local union executive board, the chairperson of the chapter, or by a petition filed with the chairperson of the chapter and signed by ten percent of the members of the chapter. Special meetings of a chapter may be called by the International President or his/her representative.

Section 3. Regular general membership business meetings of this local shall be held in the months of March and October at a time and place to be selected by the executive board.


Section 4. Special general membership business meetings of this local may be called by the president, a majority of the executive board, or by petition filed with the president and signed by 10 percent of the members. A special general membership business meeting may also be called by the International President or his/her representative.

Section 5. The local union executive board shall meet monthly at a  time and place to be fixed by the members of the executive board.

Section 6. Special meetings of the local executive board may be called  by the president, or a majority of the executive board. A special meeting of the executive board may also be called by the International President or his/her representative.

Section 7. A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of not fewer than thirty-five members of that particular  body, except for executive board meetings which shall require a majority of the members.

 

Article VI

Local officers, Trustees, Chapter Officers and Stewards

Section 1. The officers of the local shall be: president, vice-president, recording secretary, secretary-treasurer and sergeant-at-arms and these officers and the chapter chairperson and chief steward(s) of each chapter shall constitute the executive board of this local.

Section 2. There shall be elected three members who shall serve as trustees. The trustee shall be elected to three-year terms of office, except that in the initial election one shall be for a three-year term, one for a two-year term and one for a three-year term. Not more than two trustees shall be elected from the same chapter.

Section 3. The president, vice-president, recording secretary, secretary-treasurer and sergeant-at-arms shall be elected for a two-year term in the even-numbered years.

Section 4. The officer of each chapter shall be a chapter chairperson. He/she  shall be elected for a two-year term in the even-numbered years. He/she shall be employed in the chapter they represent.

Section 5.There shall be a chief steward for each chapter except that each administrative unit within a chapter having a membership of fifty or more members shall be entitled to a chief steward. Chief stewards shall be elected to a twp-year term in the even numbered years. He/she shall be employed in the administrative unit they represent.

Section 6. Stewards shall be selected by a method as determined by the members in their respective areas. They shall be elected for a one-year term.

Section 7. There shall be a parliamentarian in this local whose term of office shall be for two years.


 

Article VII

Nomination and Election of Officers, Trustees, Chapter Chairs, Chief Stewards and Delegates

Section 1. Nominations of officers, trustees, chapter chairs, chief stewards and delegates shall be made at a special general membership meeting concerning elections in the month of February. At least fifteen days advance notice shall be given the membership, by first class mail, prior to the nominations meeting.

 Section 2. A nominating committee may be appointed by the executive board to make nominations, whether or not such nominating committee is used, nominations shall be permitted from the floor at the nominations meeting.

 Section 3. To be eligible for office, a member must be in good standing for one year immediately preceding the election.

 Section 4. All matters concerning nominations and elections shall be subject to the provisions of Appendix D, entitled Elections Code, of the International Constitution, which is made part of this constitution by reference.

 Section 5. Elections of officers, trustees, chapter chairs, chief stewards and delegates shall be conducted on the same day as the regular general membership business meeting. The results of the election shall be reported to the membership at that meeting. Officers shall be elected by secret ballot vote, and the balloting  shall be conducted so as to afford to all members a reasonable opportunity to vote. At least fifteen days advance notice shall be given the membership, by first class mail, prior to the holding of  elections.

 Section 6. Vacancies in the office of vice-president, recording secretary, secretary-treasurer, sergeant-at-arms or trustee shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by a vote of the executive board. In the event the office of president falls vacant,  the vice-president shall become president for the remainder of the unexpired term and the office of vice-president shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by vote of the executive board.

 Section 7. Vacancies in the office of chapter chairperson or chief steward  shall be filled by a majority of the membership present and voting of the chapter of the appropriate administrative unit or units. In the event the chapter does not fill such vacancy within thirty days such vacancy shall be filled by vote of the executive board.

Section 8. The parliamentarian shall be elected by the executive board.

Section 9. No members may hold two offices concurrently.

Section 10. Every officer shall, upon assuming office, subscribe to the Obligation of an Officer, contained in Appendix B of the International Constitution, which is made part of this constitution by reference.

 

Article VIII

Duties of Officers and Executive Board

Section 1. The president of this union shall preside at all general membership meetings of this local union and of the local executive board. He/she shall be a member of all local union committees. By virtue of office, he/she shall countersign all checks drawn against the funds of the local. He/she shall appoint all standing committees and all special committees of the local, subject to the approval of the executive board. He/she shall report periodically to the membership regarding the progress and standing of the local and regarding his/her official acts.

Section 2. The vice-president of this union shall assist the president in the work of his/her office. In the absence of the president or in his/her inability to serve, the vice-president shall preside  at all meetings and perform all duties otherwise performed by the president. He/she may, with the approval of the executive board, be authorized to act as cosigner of checks drawn on the local funds in place of either the president or the secretary-treasurer.

Section 3. The recording secretary of this union shall keep a record of the proceedings of all membership meetings and of all executive board meetings. He/she shall carry on the official correspondence of the local, except as the executive board may direct otherwise. He/she shall perform such other duties as the executive board may require.

Section 4. The secretary-treasurer of this union shall receive and receipt for all monies of the local union. He/she shall deposit all money so received in the name of the local union in a bank or banks insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and money so deposited shall be withdrawn only by check signed by the president and the secretary-treasurer, except as otherwise provided herein. He/she shall prepare and sign checks for such purposes only as are required by the constitution or are authorized by the membership or the executive board. He/she shall prepare and submit the monthly membership report to the International Union office and see that a check is drawn in payment of the local's per capita tax each month and sent to the International Union. He/she shall keep an accurate record of receipts and disbursements and shall at the March and October regular general membership business meeting, submit to the membership monthly operating statements of the financial transactions of the local for the previous six month period. He/she shall, at the expense of the local union and through the International Union, give a surety bond for an amount to be fixed by the executive board of the local union.

Section 5. The trustees of this union shall make or cause to be made at least semiannually an audit of the local's finances, and shall report to the membership on the results of such audit.

Section 6. The executive board of this union shall be the governing body of the local union except when regular or special meetings of the local union are in session. All matters affecting the policies, aims and means of accomplishing the purposes of the local not specifically provided for in this constitution or by action of the membership shall be decided by the executive board. A report on all actions taken by the executive board shall be made to the membership at the following meeting of a chapter. A majority of the members of the executive board shall be required for a quorum.

Section 7. The sergeant-at-arms shall maintain proper order and decorum at all meetings of the local and shall perform such other duties as the presiding officer shall require.

 

Article IX

Chapters

There shall be the following chapters in this local: Service Maintenance Employees, Auxiliary Service Employees, Housing Employees, Security Employees and Support Staff Enployees. There may be formed on the recommendation of the executive board and with the approval of the membership, such new chapters as are deemed necessary and proper. However, no chapter shall be formed with a membership of less than ten members. Each member of this local shall be a member of a chapter.

 

Article X

Miscellaneous Provisions

Section 1. The local union shall at all times be subject to the provisions of the Constitution of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Section 2. Except to the extent specified in this constitution, no officer of the local union shall have the power to act as agent for or otherwise bind the local union in any way whatsoever. No member or group of members or other person or persons shall have the power to act on behalf of or otherwise bind the local union except to the extant specifically authorized in writing by the president of the local union or by the executive board of the local union.

Section 3. Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall be the guide in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconstant with this constitution and special rules of this local union or of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

  


Article XI

Amendments

This constitution may be amended, revised or otherwise changed only by a vote of a majority of the members present and voting on such proposed change, and such change shall take effect only upon written approval of the International President. Proposed amendments to this constitution must be read at a regular or special meeting of each chapter or a regular or special general membership meeting and voted on at a subsequent regular or special general membership meeting of the local union, adequate and proper notice having been given to the membership prior to the date on which the vote is taken.

 

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