The name of this organization shall be the University of Rhode Island Professional/Technical Administrative Association, Local Number 2877 'of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO.
This local union shall be affiliated with Council Number 94 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO.
The objectives of this association are:
Eligibility. All non-classfied employees employed by the University of Rhode Island/Board of Governors for Higher Education are eligible for membership in this local union/ subject to the requirements of the Constitution of the International Union.
Application. Application for membership shall be made on a standard application form. Such form shall"include a valid authorization" for payroll deduction of dues.
Amount of Dues. The monthly membership dues of the local shall be $11.00 per member.
Payment of Dues. Membership dues shall be payable monthly in advance to the local treasurer and in any event shall be paid not later tan the 15th day of the month in which they become due. Any member who fails to pay dues by the 15th 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 dues through a system of regular payroll deduction shall, for so long as such payroll deduction method continues, be considered in good standing.
Reinstatement Fee. A member suspended under the above section may be reinstated to membership in the local on payment of all arrearages or upon payment of a reinstatement fee of $25.00 plus the current month's dues.
Time and Place. Regular meetings of this local shall be held once each month, at a time and place to be fixed by the membership or the local executive board. A quorum shall consist of 15 percent of the membership.
Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called by the local president, the local executive board, or by petition filed with the president and signed by 25% of the members of the local. Special meetings may also be called by the International President or said officer's authorized representatives.
Titles and Terms of Office. The officers of this local shall be a president, a vice-president, a recording secretary, a corresponding secretary, a treasurer, a chief steward and three executive board members, and these nine shall constitute the local union executive board. In addition, there shall be elected three members who shall serve as trustees. The trustees shall be elected to three-year terms of office, except that in the initial election, one shall be elected for a one-year term, one for a two-year term, and one for a three-year term. All other officers shall be elected for a term of two years in the even-numbered years.
Nominations. Nominations shall be made at a regular or special meeting Of the local. At least fifteen days' advance notice shall be given the membership prior to the nomination meeting. A nominting committee may be appointed or elected to make nominations, but whether or not such nominating committee is used, nominations shall be permitted from the floor at the nomination meeting. All regular elections shall be held in the month of April. Officers shall be installed immediately upon acceptance of the Election Committee Report.
Eligibility. To be eligible for office, a member must be in good standing for one year immediately preceding the election, except in the initial election held in this local; provided, however, that no retired member shall be a candidate for office.
Conduct of Election.Officer shall be elected by secret ballot vote, and the balloting shall be so conducted as to afford to all members a reasonable opportunity to vote. At_ least fifteen days' advance notice shall be given the membership prior to the holding of the election.
Elections Code. All matters concerning nominations and elections in this local union shall be subject to the provisions of Appendix D, entitled Elections Code, of the International Union Constitution.. Section 6. Vacancies. Vacancies in office shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by vote of the executive board.
Obligation of Officers. Every officer shall, upon assuming office, subscribe to the Obligation of an Officer contained in Appendix B of the International Union Constitution.
The duties of the President shall be:
The duties of the Vice-President shall be:
The duties of the Recording Secretary shall be:
The duties of the Corresponding Secretary shall be:
The duties of the Treasurer shall be:
The trustees shall make or cause to be made at least semi annually an audit of the finances of the local, including the finances concerning any health and welfare, pension, insurance or other benefit programs covering members of such local, and shall report to the membership on the results of such audit.
The executive board shall be the governing body of the local union except when 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 at a regular or special meeting shall be decided by the executive board. The board shall meet at the call of the President or of a majority of the members of the board. A report on all actions taken by the executive board shall be made to the membership at the next following meeting. A majority of the members of the executive board shall be required for a quorum.
This local union shall at all times be subject to the provisions of the Constitution of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Except to the extent specified in this consti-tution, 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 extent specifically authorized in writing by the president of the local union or by the executive board of the local union.
Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall be the guide in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with this constitution and special rules of" this local union or of the American Federaton of State, County and Municipal Employees.
This Constitution may be amended, revised, or otherwise changed by a majority vote of the members 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 and voted on at a subsequent 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. A written copy of the proposed amendment shall be furnished to every eligible voter at the meeting at which the vote is taken.
Gergald W. McEntee International President