Constitution and Bylaws

Constitution of the Antelope Valley College Federation of Teachers Local 4683A

ARTICLE I. NAME, OBJECTIVES AND AFFILIATION

Section 1:

This organization shall be known as the Antelope Valley College Federation of Teachers, Local 4683A, CFT, AFT, AFL-CIO. The organization shall hereinafter be called the Federation.

Section 2:

The Federation shall be a democratic organization dedicated to improving education in general by raising the standards of the teaching profession, by promoting a cooperative and professional environment, by improving the conditions under which unit members work, and by resolving misunderstandings.

Section 3:

The Federation shall affiliate with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (LACFL), the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), the California Federation of Labor (CFL), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL-CIO) and work to further its objectives in California and throughout the nation. These affiliations shall constitute allegiance to the constitutions of these bodies and prompt payment of their per capitas.

ARTICLE II. LEGAL POWERS

The Federation shall be empowered to use any legal means to represent any or all unit members when directed to do so by the Executive Council, providing consent is given individually and/or collectively, in all matters relating to their employment.

ARTICLE III. JURISDICTION

The Federation shall have jurisdiction over all active and retired faculty Federation members in the Antelope Valley Community College District. It shall have full financial autonomy and full autonomy with respect to decisions affecting that chapter insofar as such decisions do not conflict with the provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Federation.

ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1:

Membership is open to all non-management, non-supervisory faculty employees. Retired members may continue their membership provided they have been members of the Federation for at least one year prior to retirement.

Section 2:

No qualification for membership shall be established on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, age, handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Section 3:

Payment of dues and assessments as provided in Section 3 of the Bylaws constitutes membership. Membership in good standing is contingent upon continuing payment of dues.

ARTICLE V. OFFICERS, TERMS AND ELECTIONS

Section 1:

The elected officers shall be the President; First Vice-President; Second Vice-President; Vice-President/Adjunct; Secretary; and Treasurer. All officers shall serve two-year terms. The terms of the President, Second Vice-President and Secretary will be elected in alternate years from the First Vice-President, Vice-President Adjunct and Treasurer.

Section 2:

All officers shall be members in good standing.

Section 3:

Nominations shall be called for and submitted to the Federation Secretary through campus mail. Elections by secret ballot can be held fifteen days after the call for nominations and shall be held no later than 30 days after the call for nominations. Ballots shall be prepared and sent through campus mail to each Federation member and are to be returned to the Federation Secretary no later than 15 days from the date originally sent. If the position for Federation Secretary is contested, another Federation member will be appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Council to collect and count the ballots. The candidate receiving the simple majority of votes cast shall be declared the winner. Should a runoff election be necessary, it will be handled in the same manner within two weeks. Elections will be held annually with officers beginning their terms on July 1 of the year elected.

Section 4:

Vacancies shall be filled for any unexpired term by action of the Executive Council.

Section 5:

Recall of officers shall be accomplished by a majority of votes cast by the entire membership. The recall election may be instituted by a petition of thirty (30%) percent of the total membership and voting shall be conducted according to the provisions for regular elections. The officer being recalled shall not play any role in the recall election.

ARTICLE VI. DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1:

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Chapter and shall preside at all general membership and Executive Council meetings; shall have the power to appoint and/or remove all committee chairs subject to approval of the Executive Council; shall have the power to appoint Federation representatives to district committees subject to approval of the Executive Council; shall be an ex-officio member of all Federation committees, except any audit or election committees; shall represent the Federation when and where necessary; shall administer all affairs of the local and execute policies as determined by the Executive Council; shall report yearly to the membership on the status of the union at the general membership meeting.

Section 2:

The First Vice-President shall serve as President in the absence of the President and shall perform other duties as assigned.

Section 3:

The Second Vice-President shall serve as President in the absence of the President and the First Vice-President, and shall perform other duties as assigned.

Section 4:

The Vice-President/Adjunct shall be an adjunct faculty member, represent adjunct faculty on the Executive Council and serve as a liaison to adjunct faculty.

Section 5:

The Secretary shall record all minutes of general membership and Executive Council meetings, handle union correspondence as necessary, maintain local records, and perform other duties as assigned.

Section 6:

The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of the chapter and shall execute all documents for the proper disbursement of Federation funds, maintain an accurate record of receipts and expenditures and membership roll, and shall perform other duties as assigned.

ARTICLE VII. THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Section 1:

The Executive Council shall consist of the elected officers.

Section 2:

The Executive Council shall have legislative and judicial power in all matters affecting this organization that are not referred to the membership meeting, subject to the limitations in this Constitution.

Section 3:

The Executive Council shall have the power to establish the committees and agencies necessary to carry out the intent of the Council, to appoint members to represent the Federation, and to establish dues.

Section 4:

Meetings shall be held as needed.

Section 5:

There shall be no proxy voting except by means of a pre-established procedure. The President shall not vote except in case of a tie.

Section 6:

Attendance by half of the Council shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS

Section 1:

Amendments may be proposed by any member in good standing.

Section 2:

An amendment may be proposed by submitting it at any regular membership meeting or Executive Council meeting. Written copies of the proposed amendment must be provided. A majority vote shall be sufficient to submit the amendment to the general membership for adoption provided a quorum is present at the meeting.

Section 3:

Amendments shall be adopted by a two-thirds vote of Federation members.

ARTICLE IX. BYLAWS

Section 1:

All matters not covered in this Constitution or those matters not clearly interpreted by this Constitution shall be referred to the Bylaws.

Section 2:

Bylaws can be proposed in the same manner as amendments. A simple majority vote shall be sufficient for adoption of the proposed bylaw.

ARTICLE X. MEETING PROCEDURES AND VOTING

Section 1:

Roberts Rules of Orders, Revised shall govern all meetings. The orders of the day may be suspended by a two-thirds vote of those present.

Section 2:

Membership meetings of the Federation shall be called by the President annually and as needed or by petition of 10 percent of the membership. Special informational meetings of the membership shall be called by the President with the approval of the Executive Council to discuss contract issues prior to voting. Attendance by ten percent (10%) of the membership shall constitute a quorum.

Section 3:

Voting on all matters may be restricted to Federation members. Ballots may be sent by placing them in campus mailboxes; they may be returned through campus mail, a ballot box or US Postal Service.

Bylaws

Section 1: Committees

A. Committees and their chairs shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Council as necessary to carry out the business of the Federation. B. The Grievance Committee shall be a standing committee. This committee shall determine Federation policy on grievances and procedures and determine the extent of the Federation’s involvement in the grievance procedure beyond the level of appeal to the Board of Trustees. Any committee member may handle a grievance. Grievants may appeal decisions of the committee to the Executive Council. The Chair of the Grievance Committee shall attend meetings of the Executive Council.

Section 2: Delegates

Delegates shall be appointed by the President subject to approval by the Executive Council to represent the Federation at meetings of affiliated organizations, such as CFT and AFT. Such delegates must be members in good standing and must be selected in accordance with the constitutions of the affiliated organizations.

Section 3: Dues

Dues for regular and retired members shall be established by the Executive Council. Dues shall automatically be increased by an amount equal to any increase in required per capitas.

Section 4: Federation Review Panel

A. The Executive Council hereby establishes a procedure for selecting an arbitration panel to settle internal Federation disputes. This panel shall be available to hear complaints from member(s) concerning action by the Federation which the member(s) alleges adversely affects his/her status or rights as a member of AFT or of the bargaining unit. The complainant must exhaust all remedies provided in the constitution and bylaws of the Federation before bringing a matter to the Federation Internal Review Panel. B. The Federation Internal Review Panel shall consist of three members: One chosen by the grievant, one by the Executive Council and a third (the chair), shall be chosen by the first two. All three panelists must be AVCFT members. The affected Chapter shall assume any administrative costs and any expenses of the chair and the panel. Members shall not be reimbursed for their time. The panel shall have the authority to decide the issue and order a correction of the situation when it judges that the complaint has merit; however, no monetary damages can be awarded. C. Should the matter not be satisfactorily resolved internally, the matter can be brought before a Federation External Review Panel. The panel shall consist of three members: one chosen by the grievant, one by the Executive Council of the affected chapter, and a third (the chair), shall be chosen by the first two. The three panelists must be AFT members who belong to another local. The affected Chapter shall assume any administrative cost and the expenses of the panel. Panel members shall not be reimbursed for their time. The panel shall have the authority to decide the issue and to order a correction of the situation when it judges that the complaint has merit; however, no monetary damages can be awarded.

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