AFT 1493 Constitution
San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers
Local 1493, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
Article I – Name
This organization shall be known as the San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, Local 1493, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO.
Article II – Objective
1. To promote the welfare of students and the advancement of community college education in the public interest;
2. To promote the highest standards of professional services in education;
3. To obtain for faculty their rightful voice in shaping educational policy and in establishing the conditions under which they teach;
4. To promote the welfare of faculty by obtaining full and just compensation for services rendered;
5. To obtain for faculty the right to free collective bargaining as a necessary means for achieving the substantive aims and purposes of this organization.
Article III – Membership and Dues
Section 1. Membership shall be open to all certificated full-time and part-time faculty of the San Mateo County Community College District. Membership shall also be available to retired faculty on post-retirement contracts. Faculty members on extended leave may also continue their membership.
Secton 2. Membership dues of Local 1493 for all members, as listed in Section 1, shall be 1.2% of gross income.
Section 3. Full-time faculty members on unpaid leave and part-time faculty members who are no longer district employees but who remain on the Part-Time seniority list may elect to be members of AFT Local 1493. They shall pay dues at the rate of $1 per month, plus any special assessments required by the CFT; dues are payable in advance for six months at a time.
Section 4. Dues shall be established by the Executive Committee and approved by a majority of the membership voting.
Article IV – Officers, Executive Committee, and Chapters
Section 1. Elected and appointed officers of Local 1493, union representatives to committees, councils and task forces, and delegates to councils and conventions must be union members at the time of election or appointment and for the entire time they serve as officers, representatives or delegates.
Section 2. The elected officers of Local 1493 shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, a Chairperson for each Chapter, an Executive Committee Member for each Chapter and a Part-time representative for each Chapter. Each elected position may be held by one or two faculty members (for example, there may be one Vice-President, or two co-Vice-Presidents); if two faculty members wish to share a position, they must run together for such position in the election.
Section 3. The appointed officers of the Local shall be the Grievance Officer, the Chief Negotiator, the Newsletter Editor, and the Part-Time Faculty Organizer. The President, with the concurrence of two-thirds of the elected officers of the Local, shall appoint the faculty members to serve in these offices. An elected officer may also serve as an appointed officer.
a. If more than one faculty member is appointed as Grievance Officer, it shall be determined at the time of the appointment whether one of them will act as Chief Grievance Officer and the other(s) will be ex-officio members of the Executive Committee, or two faculty members will act as co-Grievance Officers.
b. In addition to the Chief Negotiator, Negotiating Team members may be appointed as well. Negotiating Team members shall be ex-officio members of the Executive Committee.
c. The Part-Time Faculty Organizer shall be an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee, appointed for a one-year term.
Section 4. The duties of the officers are as defined in the Union Handbook of Local 1493.
Section 5. Vacancies in offices may be filled by appointment by the Executive Committee.
Section 6. The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected and appointed officers of the Local and the immediate past president of the Local. The Executive Committee shall establish and implement all policies of the Local. The Executive Committee shall keep the Chapters and the membership informed on its deliberations and actions. The Executive Committee may act in emergency situations wherein policy cannot be immediately set by the membership. On matters deemed by the Executive Committee or by one of the Chapters to be important, the Executive Committee shall submit its decision to ratification by the general membership.
Section 7. Chapters shall be established for each College. Chapter members shall include all union members employed in the jurisdiction of the Chapter. A member of the Local may act as a member of more than one Chapter. Each Chapter may establish its own officers and policies, provided that such policies do not conflict with the policies of the Local as a whole.
Article V – Elections
Section 1. Nominations for elected officers shall be made at a membership meeting to take place during the Spring Semester of even-numbered years. Notice shall be provided to each member at least two weeks prior to the meeting that nominations are in order. Nominations may be submitted by e-mail to the Chapter Chairperson or to the Secretary of the Local, or at the designated Spring Semester membership meeting, as noted on agenda for such meeting.
Section 2. Officers shall be elected in even numbered years during the month of April, for a term of two years. Part-time Representatives shall be elected by the part-time members in their respective Chapters by secret ballot. Chapter Chairpersons and Executive Committee Members shall be elected by their respective Chapters by secret ballot. The President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected by secret ballot of the general membership.
Section 3. For each elected position, the candidate(s) with the highest number of votes is(are) elected to the position, provided that this number represents at least 15% of the votes cast by faculty eligible to vote for such position. This threshold applies both to candidates whose names appear on the ballot as well as to write-ins.
Section 4. The elected officers of the Local shall take office at the last membership meeting of the Spring semester of even numbered years, unless otherwise specified in the By-Laws of this organization. The appointed officers shall take office upon concurrence with their appointment by the President.
Section 5. Officers may be recalled by a two-thirds majority of the general membership in a special election. Upon receipt of a petition signed by twenty-five percent of the general membership, the Executive Committee must call a special election within two weeks for the recall of an officer. The recall ballot must state the reasons for the recall and give the response of the officer in question, and must include a nominee for the office whose holder is the object of the recall. If the election results in the successful recall of an officer, then the provisions in Section 3of this Article are to be followed for the election of the new officer.
Article VI – Meetings
Section 1. The general membership shall meet at least once in an academic year, usually during the Spring Semester. A quorum shall consist of one tenth of the general membership or eighteen members, whichever figure is lower.
Section 2. Special meetings of the general membership may be called by the Executive Committee, and at the request of any of the Chapters.
Section 3. The Executive Committee shall meet at least once a month at a regular time and place during the academic year. A quorum shall consist of half the voting (i.e., non ex-officio) members of the Executive Committee. Decisions shall be made by majority vote. For the purpose of establishing quorum and when voting, if a position is held jointly by two faculty members, they shall count as one.
Section 4. Special meetings of the Executive Committee may be called by the President or by any four members of the Executive Committee.
Section 5. The Chapters shall establish their own meeting schedules.
Article VII – Committees
Section 1. For each election, regular or special, an election committee will be constituted by the Executive Committee to tally results and report such results to the general membership through the Executive Committee.
Section 2. In cases involving an inquiry into the financial state of the Local, an audit committee will be established by the Executive Committee to report to the general membership through the Executive Committee.
Section 3. No officer, appointed or elected, may serve on either the election or the audit committees.
Section 5. The President, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee, may appoint such ad hoc committees as may be deemed appropriate.
Article VIII – Affiliations
Section 1. Local 1493 shall be affiliated with the following organizations: American Federation of Teachers, California Federation of Teachers, California Labor Federation, San Mateo Central Labor Council, and the Community College Council. The Local shall pay the required dues for affiliation with these organizations and shall send delegates to their meetings and conventions.
Section 2. Delegates to the San Mateo Central Labor Council, to the convention of the California Federation of Teachers and to the national convention of the American Federation of Teachers shall be elected at the same election where officers of this Local are chosen.
Section 3. The President of Local 1493 shall be a delegate by office to conventions of the American Federation of Teachers and the California Federation of Teachers, as well as to the San Mateo Central Labor Council.
Section 4. The President and Secretary of Local 1493 shall certify the election of the delegates to the California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers conventions, and they shall forward the credentials of all elected delegates and alternates to the National Office of the American Federation of Teachers no later than ten days prior to the convening of the National Convention.
Article IX – Amendments
Amendments to this Constitution must receive a majority vote of the Executive Committee, and must be ratified by a two-thirds majority of the membership voting in a secret ballot, which shall be available two weeks before the ballots are to be counted.
Article X – By-Laws
In order to provide additional procedures, duties, or methods of operation, By-Laws for the Local may be established by a two-thirds vote of the general membership voting. Any amendment to such By-Laws, either submitted by signed petition of twenty-five percent of the general membership or by majority vote of the Executive Committee, will be submitted to the general membership for ratification by a simple majority of votes cast.
Article XI – Rules of Order
Robert’s Rules of Order (revised) shall govern in all cases in which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the Constitution, By-Laws, or procedural rules adopted by the Local.
Article XII – Adoption
Section 1. This Constitution shall become effective on June 1, 1988 after approval by the membership.
Section 2. Three copies of this Constitution and all future amendments shall be submitted to the National Office of the American Federation of Teachers. Copies will also be made available to other affiliated organizations and to the membership.