DEPERE EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS ARTICLE I

-

NAME

The name of this Association shall be the DePere Educational Support Association which will be referred to as the ASSOCIATION throughout this document. ARTICLE I1

-

PURPOSES

As set forth in the Bylaws ARTICLE I11

- AFFILIATION

Section 1 - The ASSOCIATION shall affiliate with the National Education Association under its rules and the Wisconsin Education Association Council under its rules. Section 2 - UniServ - The ASSOCIATION shall hold membership in the United Northeast Educators UniServ Council under the rules of said Council and shall pay such dues as is uniformly required of all members. ARTICLE IV Section 1 a.

- MEMBERSHIP - Active Members

Active membership in the Association shall be open to all educational support personnel employed in the schools of the DePere school district. Active membership shall be continuous until the member leaves the school system, resigns from'theASSOCIATION, or fails to pay membership dues. Active members of the ASSOCIATION shall also be members of the United Northeast Educators UniServ Council, the Wisconsin Education Association Council, and the National Education Association. The fiscal and membership year shall be from September 1 through August 31. In this constitution and these Bylaws "in good standingt1 shall mean an organization or member of an organization which has fulfilled the requirements for membership and that has not lawfully and voluntarily withdrawn or been lawfully suspended or expelled from membership.

b .

c.

d.

e.

section

2-

Associate

Members

Associate Members -persons employed in the schools of DePere who are not eligible to become active members may upon payment of dues enroll as associate members with all the rights and responsibilities of active members except the right to vote, to hold office or to represent the ASSOCIATION. Active members who retire with ABC School District may continue as associate members for life, paying such annual dues as the Representative Council may determine.
section 3Revocation of Membership

According to procedures adopted by the General Membership, the Executive committee, after due notice and hearing, may cancel the membership of any member convicted in a court learned in the law of a crime involving moral turpitude; and may reinstate a member who has previously been suspended or expelled from the ASSOCIATION.
section 4Membership in Case of Discharge

Members in the status of retain membership in the their status is clarified.
I .I "

discharge shall be allowed to ASSOCIATION until such time as

ARTICLE

V

-OFFICERS

section

1-

Officers of the ASSOCIATION shall consist a vice-president, a secretary, and for Office of a a treasurer

The officers president, section 2-

Qualifications

Each candidate for DePere Educational standing.
section 3Terms

office Support

shall Staff

be an active Association

member of in good

the

The terms Bylaws.
ARTICLE VI

of

the

officers

shall

be those

established

in

the

-EXECUTIVE

COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers, building representatives, and members elected at large. It shall be the executive authority 'of the ASSOCIATION.

ff!,~ ct..:J

2

ARTICLE

VII

-GENERAL

MEMBERSHIP

MEETING

The legislative be the General
ARTICLE VIII

and policy Membership.
-AMENDMENTS

forming

body

of

the

ASSOCIATION

shall

The General Membership may adopt amendments to this Constitution bya 2/3 majority of those voting at any regular meeting provided that amendments have been introduced at the preceding regular meeting of the General Membership and that copies of proposed amendments have been immediately distributed to members for discussion.
ARTICLE IX ~~ -DISTRIBUTION OF ASSETS OF DISSOLUTION

Upon the liquidation, dissolution or termination of the ASSOCIATION, none of the assets which may remain after the satisfaction of all outstanding claims shall be made available to any individual; nor to any corporation or other organization except those which qualify as exempt from federal income tax under section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, and the amendments thereto.
ARTICLE X -DELEGATES

'-

The delegates to the wisconsin Education Association Councilor the National Education Association Representative Assembly shall be elected by secret ballot under procedures consonant with Bylaw x. ASSOCIATION officers whose duties include serving as delegates to Representative Assemblies or other official business meetings of organizations with which the ASSOCIATION is affiliated shall be as specified in the Bylaws.
ARTICLE XI -DISAFFILIATION

The DePere Educational Support Personnel Association may not disaffiliate with the WEAC without notifying the council officers and Board of Directors of its intention to disaffiliate ninety (90) days in advance of any action to disaffiliate. Such notice of intention to disaffiliate shall state in detail the reasons why the organization desires to disaffiliate and shall be supported by a statement that the desire to disaffiliate has been presented to a duly convened membership meeting of the ASSOCIATION and that the membership has approved of the intention to disaffiliate by a vote of two-thirds of the entire membership of the organization by secret written ballot. The ASSOCIATION may disaffiliate its legal and financial obligations only to upon the fulfillment of WEAC and NEA. all of

(9

3

BYLAWS BYLAW I -PURPOSES

section 1the benefits section better members' section

To aid and of mutual

assist members assistance and

in obtaining collective

and extending bargaining. the public a in the area of

2To develop among the profession and understanding of the issues and problems rights. 3To advance the civil rights of the

members.

section 4To encourage all members, without regard to race, creed, sex, color, national origin, to share equally in the full benefits of this organization, united Northeast Educators UniServ Council, the wisconsin Education Association Council and the National Education Association. section promote rights 5To work for legislation which will safeguard and the principle of free collective bargaining, and the of members and to oppose legislation hostile to these
use all rights means. appropriate media to of the members through advance

objectives.
section 6To promote and and protect the individual education and other lawful
'.; j I

section 7To safeguard ASSOCIATION for protection the organization of this which it affiliates.
section 8ASSOCIATION To provide activities. for

the democratic character of the of the rights of the members, ASSOCIATION and the organizations
involvement of minority members

through with
in

section 9To encourage members to register and vote, and to exercise their full rights and responsibilities of citizenship and to perform their rightful part in the political life of local, state and national communities, and to engage in political activity permitted to a labor organization by law in furtherance of the objectives set forth in this article.
section 10the attainment To hold property and of these purposes. funds and to employ a staff for

~

BYLAW

II

-MEETINGS

section

1-

Executive

Committee

The Executive President, or Committee.
section 2General

Committee shall at the request

meet at of three

the call members

of the of the

Membership

Meetings

The Executive Committee shall of the members each year.
section 3special Meetings

arrange

at

least

two

meetings

Special meetings of the General Membership may be held at the call of the President, or upon written request to the Executive Committee from five representatives, or upon petition of 5% of the members. Business to come before special meetings must be stated in the call, which shall be sent in writing to each representative.
BYLAW 111OUORUM

A majority Committee
BYLAW IV

of and
-POWER

their

members

shall

be

a

quorum

for

the

Executive

committees.
OF OFFICERS

section

1-

President

The President shall preside over meetings of the Executive Committee, appoint the chairpersons and members of standing committees, appoint special committees, be ex-officio a member of all standing committees, and shall be the executive officer of the ASSOCIATION except when it employs an executive secretary. The President shall represent all other functions usually attributed to this office.
section 2Vice-President

The Vice-President shall perform the functions usually attributed to the office. The Vice-President shall become President when the presidency becomes vacant except as provided in Article V, section 5 of the Bylaws.

'",

:f;';;1"

~

section

3-

Secretary

The Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings the Executive Committee and General Membership meetings, shall maintain official files, and shall assist the President with ASSOCIATION correspondence.
section 4Treasurer

of

The Treasurer shall hold the funds of the ASSOCIATION and disburse them upon authorization by the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall bill the members for their annual dues, collect them through the membership committee in each building and transmit amounts due to the wisconsin Education Association Council. The Treasurer shall maintain a roll of the members. The Treasurer shall keep accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements, shall report to each meeting of the General Membership, and shall prepare an annual financial statement for publication to members as directed by the Executive Committee informed of the financial condition of the ASSOCIATION, shall be bonded by the ASSOCIATION, shall assist the Budget committee in the initial drafting of the annual budget and shall file such reports with the Internal Revenue Service or the Department of Labor as are required by law.
section 5Completed membership enrollment blanks, necessary supporting dues and per capita tax information, and any reports by the Council shall be submitted to the wisconsin Education Association Council on a timely basis.

~

]

section 6Per capita tax payable to the WEAC from the ASSOCIATION shall be (1) that amount set by the annual WEAC Representative Assembly based upon the budget adopted, and adjusted for WEAC Life Membership contracts in effect for members of the ASSOCIATION, and (2) the amount of NEA dues per member adjusted for NEA Life Membership contracts in effect for members of the ASSOCIATION. Dues payable to the WEAC by this ASSOCIATION shall include fair shares collected by the ASSOCIATION.
section 7Terms and succession

a. b.

The officers re-elected

shall without

serve for two an intervening

(2) years term.

and may be

Whenever the offices of both President and vicePresident shall become vacant between elections, except as provided in Article V, section 5 of the Bylaws, the remaining members of the Executive Committee shall choose one of their number to serve as President pro tempore until the Executive Committee can fill the vacancies.
6

f'::\ ~i:1

BYLAW V -POWER

OF THE EXECUTIVE

COMMITTEE

section 1management out policies transactions consideration
section training requested.

The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the of the ASSOCIATION, approve all expenditures, carry established by the General Membership, report its to the members, and suggest policies for by the members.
Committee all building shall develop representatives workshops if and

2The Executive conferences for

section 3The Executive Committee shall represent the ASSOCIATION in negotiating personnel policies with the governing and appropriating bodies of the school system. within policies established by the General Membership, it may make decisions binding the ASSOCIATION in these matters. The Committee shall delegate its power to negotiate to the Welfare Committee and bargaining team.
section remove notice thirds meeting 4any and roll of The Executive Committee shall have Executive Committee member for just hearing. Such vote to remove shall call vote of its entire membership the Executive Committee. the right to cause, after due require a twoat a duly convened

If the Vice-President is removed for just cause, or if he/she succeeds to the presidency upon the President's removal for just cause, a special election to fill the balance of the VicePresident's unexpired term shall be conducted under procedures developed by the Election Committee and approved by the Executive Committee. Should there be any dispute as to what constitutes just cause, the matter may be submitted by the affected individual to final and binding arbitration by the American Arbitration Association. The arbitration hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the Voluntary Labor Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association, and the costs of the hearing shall be assumed by this ASSOCIATION.
BYLAW VI -POWERS ~OF THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

The General Membership shall approve the budget, authorize the participation in UniServ, set the dues for the ASSOCIATION, act on reports of committees, approve resolutions and other policy statements, and shall adopt procedures to be followed in censuring, suspending, and expelling members for cause or for reinstating members. It may adopt such rules governing the employment of staff, the conduct of the ASSOCIATION, and the conduct of meetings as are consistent with this Constitution and Bylaws. It shall be the final judge of the qualifications and election of officers and Building Representatives. Powers not delegated to the Executive committee, the officers, or other
7

~

groups in the Membership.
BYLAW VII

ASSOCIATION

shall

be vested

in

the

General

-STANDING

COMMITTEES

section

1-

structure

There shall be two (2) standing committees carrying the specific functions outlined below. They shall have at least three (3) members each, and be appointed for overlapping terms of three years. Each committee may, with the approval of the Executive Committee, organize special sub-committees and task forces for specific activities from the membership of the ASSOCIATION.
section 2Meetings

Each standing committee shall meet according to need as determined by the Executive Committee and may hold special meetings at the call of the chairperson.
section 3Reports

~,..

0\ '1

Each committee shall choose a secretary who shall keep a continuing record of activities. Chairpersons shall report as necessary to the Executive Committee and shall prepare an annual written report summarizing objectives, action programs, gains, and unreached goals, which the Executive Committee shall distribute to the members and which shall become apart of the continuing committee record in the ASSOCIATION files.
section 4Titles and Duties

a.

Committee and prepare of member particular benefits, and general transmittal contracts negotiations.

on Economic and Member Welfare shall explore action programs as necessary in all areas welfare, creating sub-committees with responsibility for salaries, leave, fringe insurance, credit and investment facilities, working conditions. They shall assure of copies of current master agreements and to WEAC annually upon completion of

b.

Committee on Member Rights shall explore and prepare action programs for securing satisfactory personnel policies and procedures for the redress of grievances This committee shall defend members against unjust attacks, promote and protect employment rights of members, and enforce the master contract.

@

0

BYLAW VII

-SPECIAL

COMMITTEES

Each year the President shall appoint an Election Committee, Audit Committee, a Budget Committee, and such other special committees as may be necessary and shall discharge them upon completion of their duties. These committees shall operate according to rules approved by the Executive Committee. No officers of the ASSOCIATION shall serve on either the Election Committee or the Audit Committee.
BYLAW IX -ELECTIONS

an

section a.

1-

Nominations

The active members of the ASSOCIATION in during the month of February may nominate for President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Executive Committee members-at-large The Senior nominations Building Representative shall in writing to the Committee

each building candidates Treasurer, as follows: deliver all on Elections

b.

The Committee on Elections shall report all nominations to the Executive Committee at the March meeting. Members of the Council may nominate other candidates from the floor. The Committee on Elections brief information on each
2Balloting

'"'"";

c.
section

shall publish candidate.

to

the

members

At a General Membership meeting in April members shall vote for officers and members-at-large of the Executive Committee by secret ballot, in accordance with procedures developed by the Committee on Elections and approved by the Executive Committee. The Committee on Elections shall report results to the President who shall cause them to be published. New officers shall be installed at the May meeting of the Executive Committee.
section reported appointment.
BYLAW X -AUTHORITY

3to

Names of officers WEAC within thirty

of

the organization (30} days after

shall their

be election

or

Boberts Rules of Order (revised) shall be the parliamentary authority for the ASSOCIATION on all questions not covered by the Constitution and Bylaws and such standing rules as the General Membership may adopt.

(J)

Q

,.. ~t

BYLAW

XI

-AMENDMENT

These Bylaws may be amended by majority vote at any regular meeting of the General Membership provided that proposed amendments have been sent to building Representatives two calendar weeks in advance of the meeting.

(2)

A copy of the latest revision of these documents shall be submitted to the wisconsin Education Association Council annually, with the date of the latest revision included on the face of the document.

RT:depere.con

10