CONSTITUTION

Proposed amendments in red –


Amendment #1 – clarify when officer and director-at-large terms begin

 

10.  STATE OFFICERS 
A.  Positions 
State officers shall be president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, and NEA director. 
 

B.  Terms 
Except for the NEA director, state officers shall serve two-year terms beginning June 15 in even-numbered years.

 

12.  BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
A.  Composition
1.  The board of directors shall be composed of state officers, district directors, retired membership directors, and 1 director-at-large.


2.  The director-at-large shall be elected by the representative assembly to a two-year term beginning June 15 in even numbered years.
 

 

Amendment #2 – clarify distinction between a cluster and a single unit district

 

11.  DISTRICTS
A.  Creation, Dissolution, and Reorganization 
1.  Subject to the approval of the representative assembly, the board of directors shall organize active members and locals into cluster or single unit districts.

 

2.  Subject to the approval of the representative assembly, the board of directors may dissolve or reorganize districts. 
 

3.  Districts shall be numbered consecutively. 
 

4.  Districts shall reflect specific membership categories, local membership size, geographic, and employment related circumstances. 
 

5.  Whenever possible districts shall have 650 members. 
 

6.  Locals of 650 members or major fraction thereof shall constitute a single unit district. 
 

7.  Should a specific membership category not have 650 members, it shall nonetheless be organized into a district. 
 

B.  District Councils 
1.  Each district shall be governed by a district council.  

 

2.  Officers and Directors 
 

a.  Except as permitted in Article 11, Subsection 2.h., by all-member ballot, Each district shall elect a district chair who shall preside over district council meetings and serve as the district director to the board of directors and delegate to the representative assembly.

 

b. Except as permitted in Article 11, Subsection 2.h., by all-member ballot, Each district shall elect a district vice chair who shall preside over district council meetings in the absence of the chair, succeed to the chair should a vacancy occur, serve as the district alternate director to the board of directors and alternate delegate to the representative assembly. 


c.  Odd-numbered districts shall elect chairs and vice chairs in odd-numbered years.  Even-numbered districts shall elect in even-numbered years.


d. Cluster District chairs and vice chairs shall serve two-year terms beginning June 15. 


e.  Nominations and elections of district chairs and vice chairs shall be open to members of the district. 


f. (1) Should a local constitute a single unit district, the local president and vice president shall simultaneously serve as the district chair and vice chair respectively. 
(2)  Should a local constitute a single unit district, the local shall adopt its own nominations and elections procedures and terms of office and fill vacancies consistent with this constitution. 


g.  Should a cluster district or a local unit constituting a single district have more than 650 members, the district shall elect additional directors and alternates to the board of directors on the basis of 1 director and alternate for each additional 650 members or major fraction thereof. 

 

h. (1) Except in districts composed of a single local, nominations for district chair and vice chair shall cease at the first meeting of the annual representative assembly. 
(2) In the event there is only one candidate for chair or vice chair, that candidate shall be declared elected and no further election activity shall be required.

 

3.  Duties 
 

a.  Preview and review actions of the board of directors and representative assembly.  

 

b.  Make recommendations to the board of directors and representative assembly. 
 

c.  Nominate members to serve on committees. 
 

d.  May provide member training programs. 
 

e.  Serve as an information conduit to and from locals to the board of directors and representative assembly. 
 

4.  Vote 
a.  The chair and vice chair of a district council shall have 1 vote each. 
 

b.  Regardless of the number of delegates, each local properly credentialed at the district council shall cast as many votes as it has members, apportioned among delegates present. 
 

c.  The chair, vice chair, and local delegates must be present to vote. 
 

5.  Meetings 
In addition to district caucuses at the representative assembly, district councils shall meet at least 2 times annually at a time and place established by the councils. 
 

6.  Vacancies

a.   Should a cluster district chair resign or be absent without notice from two consecutive district meetings or two consecutive board of director meetings, that position shall be declared vacant and the vice chair shall become chair  as outlined in 11.B.2(b) above.  The district council shall name a successor vice chair to serve the unexpired term.
 

b. Should a cluster district vice chair resign or be absent without notice from two consecutive district meetings, that position shall be declared vacant. The district council shall name a successor vice chair to serve the unexpired term. 
 

c.  In the event the cluster district chair and vice chair positions are both vacated, then upon approval of the board of directors, for purposes of district elections of new officers, the president shall name an acting chair and vice chair from that district to convene the district council within thirty days or at the next representative assembly whichever comes first.
 

 

Amendment #3 - specify when and where cluster unit districts elect their officers

 

c.  Odd-numbered cluster districts shall elect chairs and vice chairs in odd-numbered years at the representative assembly. Even-numbered cluster districts shall elect in even-numbered years at the representative assembly.
 

 

Amendment #4 – Affirm local affiliate duty to collect dues

 

9.  DUES AND ASSESSMENTS  

A.  Representative Assembly 
1.  The representative assembly shall establish dues for membership categories. 
 

2.  The representative assembly may require special assessments. 
 

3.  a.  Proposed changes in dues shall be presented in writing to the president at least 60 calendar days before the next meeting of the representative assembly. 
b.  The president shall notify members and locals of proposed changes in dues at least 30 calendar days before the next meeting of the representative assembly. 
 

B.  Board of Directors 
The board of directors shall determine how dues are collected and disbursed. 
 

C.  NEA and AFT Dues
1.  MEA-MFT shall transmit dues to NEA and AFT for each MEA-MFT member eligible for membership in NEA and/or AFT. 
 

2.  Dues transmitted to NEA and AFT shall be proportional to the amount transmitted immediately before the effective date of this constitution. 
 

D.  State Assumption of Dues Collection
1.  In the event a local affiliate is unable or unwilling to accurately and completely collect state and national affiliate dues and/or representation fees and submit those dues and fees to MEA-MFT, MEA-MFT shall assume administrative control of that affiliate and collect all local, state, and national affiliate dues and fees and rebate local dues and fees back to the local affiliate.
 

2. A local affiliate may at any time request that MEA-MFT assume all dues and fees collection responsibilities.
 

 

Amendment #5 – affirm dues are an individual member responsibility 

 

9.  DUES AND ASSESSMENTS 

A.  Representative Assembly 
1.  The representative assembly shall establish dues for membership categories. 
 

2.  The representative assembly may require special assessments. 
 

3.  a.  Proposed changes in dues shall be presented in writing to the president at least 60 calendar days before the next meeting of the representative assembly. 
b.  The president shall notify members and locals of proposed changes in dues at least 30 calendar days before the next meeting of the representative assembly. 
 

B.  Board of Directors
The board of directors shall determine how dues are collected and disbursed. 
 

C.  NEA and AFT Dues 
1.  MEA-MFT shall transmit dues to NEA and AFT for each MEA-MFT member eligible for membership in NEA and/or AFT. 
 

2.  Dues transmitted to NEA and AFT shall be proportional to the amount transmitted immediately before the effective date of this constitution. 
 

D.  Individual Member Responsibility
Payment of MEA-MFT, NEA and AFT dues and fees is an individual member responsibility.

 

 

Amendment #6 – permit retired MEA-MFT members to run for and hold state offices – 

 

7.  MEMBERSHIP

E.  Governance Rights 

1.  Active members shall have full governance rights including the right to vote and run for local, district, and state offices. 
 

2.  Retired members may be nominated and elected from their membership to serve as directors to the board of directors and delegates to the representative assembly. Retired members may also be nominated and elected to state office, except NEA director.

 

3.  Student members may be nominated and elected from their membership to serve as delegates to the representative assembly. 
 

4.  Staff and associate members shall have no governance rights. 

 

10.  STATE OFFICERS

D. Eligibility
1.  Candidates for state president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer, and NEA director shall be active and/or retired members.  

 

2.  The president is an active member by definition. 
 

3.  Candidates for NEA director shall be active members.

 


Amendment #7 - reduce the size of the board of directors

 

10. STATE OFFICERS 
A. Positions 
State officers shall be president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, and NEA director. 

 

B.  Terms 
Except for the NEA director, state officers shall serve two-year terms beginning June 15. 

 

C. Limitations 
1. State officers shall not simultaneously hold other state offices in MEA-MFT. 
 

2. The president shall not simultaneously hold any district or local affiliates affiliate office in MEA-MFT.
 

3. Should a state officer other than the president hold a district position with a vote on the board of directors, that officer shall surrender the district vote to that district’s vice chair.

 

 

Amendment #8 - cap the number of district meetings

 

11. DISTRICTS
B. District Councils 
5. Meetings 
In addition to district caucuses at the representative assembly, district councils shall meet at least 2 times annually at a time and place established by the councils.