BY-LAWS OF LOCAL 279-R As of January 2013
The name of the organization shall be the Northeastern Ohio American Federation of Teachers Retirees, Local 279-R (CTU-R), hereinafter referred to as 279-R.
Section 1. To support the aims, goals and objectives of the American Federation of Teachers Locals of Northeastern Ohio, recognized herein as speaking for all educational personnel, both active and retired.
Section 2. To formulate and effectuate programs and policies that will advance the best interests of retired educational personnel, specifically the following:
A. to protect and to seek improvement of the economic interests of our members in such areas as pensions, health care, dental and vision care, low cost prescription medicines, and long-term care insurance.
B. to foster social, cultural, aesthetic, and civil pursuits.
C. to provide information and economic advice to our members in such areas as the following: social security information, state pension benefits and changes, tax reform and relief, and other significant issues which affect retirees.
D. to gather and disseminate information to our members by Newsletter.
E. to cooperate with selected and approved organizations whose aims and goals coincide with our own.
F. to maintain affiliation with national and state organizations such as the American Federation of Teachers and the Ohio Federation of Teachers.
MEMBERSHIP AND PARENTAGE
Section 1. All members of local unions of the American Federation of Teachers in the following thirty (30) counties may, upon retirement, become members of 279-R.
Section 2. Teachers, administrators, supervisors, nurses, paraprofessionals, other educators, educational employees, spouses, and spouses of deceased members residing in or previously employed in the same above thirty (30) counties are eligible for membership.
Section 3. Only one local, the Cleveland Teachers Union, Local 279, shall maintain parenting rights concerning 279-R. All other locals in the thirty (30) county area shall not have sponsorship rights. CTU, Local 279, shall treat 279-R as though it is a chapter of CTU, Local 279.
There shall be five (5), or more, general membership meetings each year. Other general membership meetings may be called by the President with the consent of the Executive Council.
OFFICERS, ELECTED, APPOINTED, TERMS
Section 1. The generally elected officers of 279-R shall be as follows:
B. First Vice President
C. Executive Director
The above three (3) being elected in tandem.
D. Second Vice President
E. Third Vice President
F. Recording Secretary
G. Corresponding Secretary
Section 2. Generally elected officers shall serve two-year (+/-) terms beginning and ending at date and time of election.
Section 3. Parliamentarian. The President of 279-R may appoint a Parliamentarian to serve as advisor to the President, or to the President’s designated chair in the conduct of business and to serve as Keeper of the By-Laws. The appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Executive Council. The Parliamentarian shall attend those meetings assigned by the President. If assigned to the 279-R Executive Council, by the President, the Parliamentarian, if a 279-R member, shall have a voice, but no vote. The length of appointment shall be at the pleasure of the President.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the local and shall be responsible to carry out all provisions of the By-Laws and to maintain liaison with the President and Executive Board of the Cleveland Teachers Union, Local 279. The President of 279-R shall be an ex-officio member of all 279-R committees.
The President shall appoint the chairs of all committees. Such appointments shall be subject to the approval of the elected officers.
Section 2. The First Vice President shall assist the President and perform all duties of the President in the absence of that officer. The First Vice President shall have organizational responsibility for all other committees under the direction of that office.
He/She shall carry out such duties as assigned by the President.
Section 3. The Executive Director shall serve as representative at functions as designated and assigned by the President, and shall attend those meetings assigned by the President. He/She shall carry out such duties as assigned by the President.
Section 4. The Second Vice President shall assume the duties of the First Vice President in his/her absence. The Second Vice President shall have organizational responsibility for all other committees under the direction of that office.
He/She shall carry out such duties as assigned by the President.
Section 5. The Third Vice President shall assume the duties of the Second Vice President when needed. The Third Vice President shall have organizational responsibility for all other committees under the direction of that office.
He/She shall carry out such duties as assigned by the President.
Section 6. The Recording Secretary shall be responsible to take, record, and make available the minutes of all meetings of the Executive Council and the general membership meetings of the local.
Section 7. The Corresponding Secretary shall be responsible to notify the members of the Executive Council of meetings of the Executive Council and prepare correspondence approved and requested by the President of 279-R. He/She shall also make available to all members attending general meetings minutes of the previous general meeting.
Section 8. The Treasurer shall receive and record all monies of the local. The Treasurer shall keep and make available upon request all financial records of the local. The Treasurer shall prepare the annual budget in cooperation with the President. The Treasurer shall be the chairperson of the Ad Hoc Finance and Budget Committee. The Treasurer shall receive and record all vouchers and shall coordinate membership information with the Membership Chairperson.
Section 9. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall, with the cooperation of the President and the President’s Appointees and Representatives, verify membership, when requested, of those attending general meetings; shall tally all voting; shall maintain order; shall, when requested, verify voting status of members/attendees; shall, when requested, distribute and collect materials at meetings; and shall appoint assistants. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall carry out such duties as assigned by the President.
All vacancies occurring among the elected officers and among the appointed committee chairpersons shall be filled by presidential appointment. Such appointments shall be subject to approval of the elected officers.
Section 1. The President shall appoint the chairperson of all committees. Such appointments shall be subject to the approval of the elected officers.
Committee chairpersons shall have voting rights on the Executive Council.
Section 2. The committees may be, but are not limited to, the following:
C. Committee on Political Education (COPE)
I. Publicity and Public Relations
J. Special Committees as desired by the President
Section 3. Committee Chairpersons shall, with the cooperation of the President, appoint the members of the committee and present to the President the name, address and telephone number of each member of the committee within forty (40) days of the formation of the committee; report committee work to the President; and report, if instructed by the President, to the Executive Council and/or General Membership.
REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
Section 1. Elected and appointed officers may be removed from office by the President. Such removal is subject to the approval of the Executive Council.
Section 2. Removal from office may occur when the officer fails to perform the duties of the office; fails to attend three (3) consecutive assigned meetings without notification and approval of the President; or takes any action which brings discredit or disgrace to 279-R.
Section 3. An officer or Committee Chairperson whose removal has been approved by the Executive Council shall have the right to appeal to the Executive Council; to appear before the Executive Council; to have representation or to self-represent; to present both in writing and orally, after which the President shall again recommend or not recommend removal. If the President again recommends removal, the recommendation shall again be subject to the approval of the Executive Council.
NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Section 1. In February of odd numbered years, preceding the regular election, the President of 279-R, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, shall appoint a Nominating Committee of at least three (3) members, none of whom shall be candidates for office in the upcoming election. No more than two (2) members of this committee shall be members of the Executive Council.
Section 2. The Nominating Committee shall nominate a candidate for President and, upon acceptance of the nomination, give to the candidate the right to nominate the offices of First Vice President and Executive Director. The three (3) candidates will be elected in tandem by the casting of a single vote for all three (3) on each ballot.
Section 3. The Nominating Committee shall nominate one (1) candidate for each office of Second Vice President, Third Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant-at-Arms.
Section 4. At the March meeting of the general membership, the Nominating Committee shall present a slate of nominees. Additional nominations may be made from the floor. In instances where there are no floor nominations for the Section 2 slate, and/or no floor nominations for the Section 3 positions, the nominees of the Nominating Committee shall be declared elected by general consent and balloting shall not be conducted.
Section 5. In instances of plural candidates for any office resulting from floor nominations, the election shall be conducted by secret ballot, under the direction of the Nominating Committee, during the April General Membership Meeting. Write in votes will neither be accepted nor counted.
Section 1. The Executive Council of 279-R shall consist of the nine (9) elected and one (1) appointed officer, the appointed Committee Chairpersons, and the immediate past President who shall serve for one (1) year. Seven (7) Executive Council members shall constitute a quorum.
Section 2. Regular meetings of Executive Council shall be held September through June according to a published schedule. Only the President may cancel, postpone or reschedule a regular meeting.
Section 3. Special meetings of the Executive Council shall be called at the desire of the President. Should six (6) or more members of the Executive Council submit a written request to the President for a special meeting, the President shall be obligated to call the requested meeting.
REPRESENTATION WITH CTU, AFT, OFT AND OTHERS
Section 1. The 279-R President shall be the representative to the Executive Board and Delegate Assembly of the Cleveland Teachers Union. To insure representation, the President shall appoint an alternate representative with preference given to the members of the Executive Council. The appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Executive Council.
Section 2. Local 279-R shall establish affiliations with other organizations as recommended by the President. Such affiliations shall be subject to the approval of the Executive Council. Among these organizations shall/may be the American Federation of Teachers, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, the AFL-CIO, the
Section 1. The President of 279-R shall be, or appoint, the ranking delegate to conventions where 279-R is represented.
Section 2. The 279-R President shall appoint to all conventions the following: delegates, alternate delegates and non-delegate representatives other than the delegate from Section 1. Such appointments are subject to the approval of the Executive Council.
DUES, TERMS, DEFAULT
Section 1. Dues shall be set by the President. The amount shall be subject to the approval of the Executive Council.
Section 2. Dues shall be annual and a membership year shall be September 1 through August 31.
Section 3. The Membership Chair shall notify members of dues due and shall make every effort to notify members of dues default or impending dues default. If the Membership Chair determines that a members'’ dues are unpaid for ninety (90) days, the name of that member may/shall be removed from the mailing list and the membership rolls.
Section 1. The 279-R President may recommend to the Executive Council a deserving individual for lifetime membership. For approval, the vote of the Executive Council must be unanimous. Absent voters may submit absentee ballots to the 279-R President. The vote must be completed within three (3) consecutive Executive Council meetings, including the meeting at which the recommendation first appears.