Constitution of the Connecticut Federation of Educational and Professional Employees, AFT, AFLCIO
ARTICLE I NAME
Commencing September 1, 1997, the CSFT shall be known as the CFEPE, the Connecticut Federation of Educational and Professional Employees, affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, AFLCIO.
ARTICLE II OBJECTIVES
1. To unite and organize teachers, educational personnel, state and municipal employees, health care workers, and other workers into a relationship of mutual assistance and cooperation.
2. To secure for them all the rights to which they are entitled in a free society.
3. To assist them to become effective bargaining agents for their members.
4. To support strongly principles of solidarity with other members of the union movement in the protection and upgrading of jobs and working conditions.
5. To strive constantly (a) for continuing improvements of educational standards; (b) for broadened educational opportunities for all; (c) for acceptance of and respect for the ability of all levels of educational workers to participate in developmental and evaluative stages of educational programs.
6. To promote the welfare of the people of the state by working to insure equality of educational opportunity and health care services for all regardless of race, sex, age, color, creed, place of residence, or political, social, or economic belief or affiliations.
7. To improve standards and status for teachers, educational personnel, state and municipal employees, and health care and other workers (a) by promoting public school education and better career education; (b) by encouraging relevant inservice training; (c) by securing working conditions essential to producing the most effective delivery of services; and, (d) by working to find and disseminate ways of providing and utilizing resources in all field in which our members are involved.
8. To promote a thoroughly democratic organization of Connecticut schools which will enable educational personnel to equip their students to participate in the economic, social, cultural, and political life of the community, state, and nation.
9. To work for the retention, improvement, and passage of laws which will protect our members, improve the quality of life for all children and residents of Connecticut and protect their rights.
10. To encourage locals to establish chapters for retired members within their jurisdiction.
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP
Section 1 This organization shall consist of public and private school teachers, educational workers, state employees, health care personnel, and other workers organized in conformity with the provisions of this Constitution. Other employees may be members of any local whose Constitution so permits.
Section 2 Workers with supervisory authority, but without the right to hire and fire, may be admitted to membership to any local whose Constitution so permits.
Section 3 As of the effective date of this Constitution any worker outside the jurisdiction of an established local will be accepted as a memberatlarge of the State Federation.
Section 4 Locals may establish two special categories of membership. Category #1 shall consist of retirees who select the option of full membership. Category #2 shall include parttime workers earning less than entry level salary, laidoff workers, workers on nonpaid leave, and trainees.
Category #1 members shall be entitled to all benefits and rights of full membership (except strike, backtowork votes, and as stated in Article VII, Section 5) including the right to hold office and to be delegates or alternates to affiliate bodies and their conventions.
Category #2 members shall be entitled to receive all membership periodicals published by the AFT, the CFEPE, and the local; to fair representation where applicable; to attend and participate in union activities, meetings, and projects; to serve on committees.
They shall be counted in determining the delegate strength of the local at any State or National convention, at the same ratio as the dues they pay.
A local which has retired and/or parttime members who pay the regular membership dues of the local and for whom full per capita is paid to the CFEPE and AFT will be able to count them as full members in determining the delegate strength of the local at any State or National convention.
Section 5 No discrimination shall be shown toward individual members or applicants for membership because of race, creed, sex, age, political beliefs or activities, or economic beliefs.
Section 6 Nothing in this article shall permit this organization to admit into membership any person who holds the position of principal, viceprincipal, college or university dean, or higher, and/or any person who has the right to hire and fire except that locals may permit by Constitution, members who are promoted to such positions, to remain as Category #2 members without representation rights.
Section 7 All locals shall maintain affiliation in good standing with the CFEPE, the AFT, the Connecticut AFLCIO, and the appropriate local central labor body.
Section 8 Each local shall submit a copy of its Constitution and Bylaws to the state organization within three months of receiving its charter, and it shall similarly submit all subsequent amendments to its Constitution and
Bylaws. No such constitution or bylaws shall be in conflict with the Constitution of the CFEPE and/or the AFT.
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES
Section 1 The elected officers of the Federation shall be a President, Executive Vice President, First Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. There shall also be twenty (20) Vice Presidents, sixteen (16) of whom will be elected at large. Four (4) Vice Presidents shall be nominated in the four jurisdictions, i.e., one Vice President members under the Teachers Negotiations Act; one Vice President members under the State Employee Bargaining Act; one Vice President members under the Municipal Employees Relations Act; One Vice President members under the National Labor Relations Board.
The four (4) Vice Presidents, nominated in caucus, shall be elected by the Convention delegates.
The President, the Executive Vice President, and the First Vice President shall be full time officers of the Federation. The President and his/her choice of running mate as Executive Vice President shall appear on the ballot in one slot as a combined team.
All officers shall be elected in oddnumbered years for a twoyear term. Vacancies shall be filled by recommendations of the Executive Committee and approved by the Executive Council at the next scheduled meeting for an interim term until the next regularly scheduled convention at which time that position will be filled by regular convention process for the election of officers.
When a vacancy occurs, the President shall inform the local presidents and CFEPE officers.
Section 2 There shall be an Executive Committee comprised of the President, the Vice Presidents, the Recording Secretary, and the Treasurer. The duties of the Executive Committee shall include the preparation of the agenda, and recommendations for the Executive Council meetings, and to act on behalf of all members of the CFEPE between meetings of the Executive Council.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Constitution and Bylaws, the Executive Committee shall have the power to discipline and discharge any and all employees.
The CFEPE Executive Committee shall expend funds consistent with the adopted budget, and proposed changes in the budget categories shall be approved by the Executive Council.
Section 3 The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Federation. It shall be the President's duty to administer all of the affairs of the Federation and execute policies of the Federation as determined by the Convention and the Executive Council. The President shall recommend the members of all committees, shall be an exofficio member of all committees, and shall be entitled to be one of the delegates to any convention or to any commission on which the Federation has or is entitled to representation.
Section 4 If the President is absent and/or cannot be reached or is disabled and unable to act, the Executive Vice President or the First Vice President in that order shall perform all the duties of the President. If the President is unable to perform the duties of office for more than six months, a replacement shall be elected by following the procedures in Article IV, Section 13.
Section 5 The Vice Presidents shall perform all duties delegated by the President.
Section 6 The Recording Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of conventions, Executive Committee and Executive Council meetings. Minutes shall include attendance. Following each meeting the Recording Secretary shall send to the President the minutes of the meeting for distribution and approval by the appropriate group.
Section 7 The Treasurer, as the chief fiscal officer of the CFEPE, shall be responsible for overseeing the safekeeping and accounting of the Federation's funds and all legal and Constitutional obligations.
Section 8 The Executive Committee may employ such employees as it deems necessary. Administrative employees shall be employed by individual or union contract with provision for orderly dismissal with the right of hearing and counsel available to the employees. Other employees may be employed by union contract; and procedures shall be established in all such contracts for orderly dismissal with the right of hearing and counsel unless otherwise provided in a union contract. The provisions of this section shall not apply to officers of the Federation.
Section 9 The Executive Committee shall have the power to deal with all the affairs of the Federation in the period between conventions except those specifically reserved for the Executive Council.
Section 10 The Executive Committee shall have the power to conduct business of the Federation, including, without limitation, the power to do on its own behalf, any or all of the following, consistent with the approved budget and policies adopted by Convention and Executive Council:
a. To sue and be sued, complain and defend, on behalf of and for the wellbeing of the Federation.
b. To employ attorneys and counselors to advise the Convention, Executive Council, and the State Officers and employees on all matters pertaining to its business and affairs.
c. To employ accountants, agents, and other persons having skills and knowledge needed in the conduct of business.
d. To adopt an official seal, which may be altered at pleasure, and to use the same by causing it or a facsimile thereof, to be impressed or affixed or in any manner reproduced.
e. To purchase, take, receive, lease or lessee, take any gift, device, or bequest, or otherwise acquire, own, hold, use, deal in or with any real or personal property and assets.
f. To sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, lease as lessor, and otherwise dispose of all or any part of its property and assets.
g. To purchase, take, receive, or otherwise acquire, own, hold, veto, and use shares or other interests in or obligations of domestic or foreign corporations, associations, partnerships, or individuals; and to sell, mortgage, loan, pledge, or otherwise dispose of, such shares, interests, or obligations.
h. To make contracts and incur liabilities which may be appropriate to enable it to accomplish any or all of its purposes; to borrow money for Federation purposes at such rates of interest and terms and conditions as may be best determined; to issue notes, bonds, and other obligations, and to secure any of its obligations by mortgage, pledge, or deed of trust of all or any of its property and income.
i. To invest the funds of the Federation from time to time in any real or personal property; and to take and hold real and personal property as security for the security of funds so invested or loaned.
j. To establish funds for special purposes.
k. To do anything it deems necessary and appropriate to the exercise of the foregoing power or any other power granted to the Executive Committee in this Constitution.
l. The CFEPE Executive Committee shall have the authority to negotiate and enter into contracts with CFEPE employees. The Executive Committee shall inform the CFEPE Executive Council of such Agreements.
Section 11 The Parliamentarian shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee. The duty of this post shall include attendance at all conventions and Executive Council meetings and assistance to the President for the orderly conduct of these meetings. Both the President and Parliamentarian shall be guided by this Constitution and the latest revision of "Robert's Rules of Order, Revised" as stated in Article XI.
Section 12 The President and/or Executive Committee and/or Executive Council may establish ad hoc committees as needed. These Committees shall report to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will report to the Executive Council.
Section 13 Should the President prefer not to be a delegate, any CFEPE Officer may be elected by the Executive Committee to be the CFEPE Delegate to the AFT Convention, the Connecticut AFLCIO Convention, or any other convention. The Executive Committee shall also elect alternates to such conventions from the CFEPE Officers.
Section 14 Any local may choose to elect the CFEPE President as its delegate to the AFLCIO Convention. For this purpose, the CFEPE President shall be considered to be a member at large.
ARTICLE V EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Section 1 Locals shall be represented on the Executive Council in the proportion of one representative for the first twentyfive (25) members plus one representative for each additional fifty (50) members or major portion thereof, except that each local shall have at least one (1) representative.
On roll call votes, delegates may vote their convention strength as outlined in Article VII, Sections 5 and 7.
Section 2 Representatives and alternates to the Executive Council shall be elected by each local. No later than September of each year each local shall submit to the CFEPE Office a list of delegates and alternates to the Executive Council. The list shall be certified by the President and one other officer of the local and only members so certified shall be eligible to vote at Executive Council meetings.
Section 3 The term of office of delegates or alternates to the Executive Council shall be determined by the local's Constitution.
Section 4 It shall be the duty of the Executive Council to recommend a budget to the Business Convention and adopt a Legislative Program.
Section 5 The Executive Council shall set the salary of the officers.
Section 6 Political endorsements shall be made by the Executive Council.
Section 7 The Executive Council shall have the power to interpret and enforce this Constitution and to make rules not in conflict with this Constitution and shall report such rules to the succeeding business or special convention for approval or rejection. Any interpretation of the Constitution by the Executive Council may be appealed at any subsequent business or special convention.
Section 8 The Executive Council shall meet at least five times per year. Special meetings of the Council shall be called upon a vote of twothirds (2/3) of all members of the Executive Committee or upon written request of fifty percent (50%) of the Executive Council delegates.
Section 9 On all roll calls at Executive Council meetings each local shall be entitled to a number of votes equal to the last per capita paid (provided the local is in good standing).
ARTICLE VI CONVENTIONS
Section 1 Conventions of this organization shall be only at such time and in such place as the previous Annual Convention or the Executive Council may determine.
Section 2 The Members of the Executive Council shall be exofficio members of the Convention, but without vote unless credentialed delegates from their locals.
ARTICLE VII REPRESENTATION
Section 1 Delegates and/or alternates to the Convention from a local shall be elected by secret ballot. Members of each local must be given suitable opportunity to nominate candidates for the office of delegate and alternate. Notice of the right to make nominations must be sent to each member or given a prominent place in the local publication and on the bulletin boards. Notice of the right to make nominations and notice of the election may be combined in one notice. Written notice announcing the time and place of election of delegates must be mailed to each member at least fifteen (15) days prior to the election. The esults of the election must be published and the ballots kept for one year.
Section 2 Delegates and alternates of locals to the Executive Council shall be elected according to their constitutions, by secret ballot as provided in Section 1, subject to applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.
Section 3 Each local must send to the State Office a certified list and official credentials of all elected delegates and alternates not later than ten (10) days prior to the date of the Convention. Only delegates and alternates on this certified list shall be registered and seated at the Convention.
Section 4 In the event of nondelivery in the CFEPE Office of the certified list and official credentials of the elected delegates and alternates, the Convention Body may approve the seating of the delegates and alternates.
Section 5 In conformity with Article III, Section 4; Article VII, Sections 6 and 7; and Article VIII, Section 1(a) and (b), Section 2(a) and (b):
a. one delegate and/or alternate to the CFEPE Executive Council or the CFEPE Annual Convention may be elected by each affiliated local having a membership of twentyfive (25) or less.
b. For each additional fifty (50) members or major fraction thereof, an additional delegate may be elected.
c. Each CFEPE Retiree Chapter, including the CFEPE "Atlarge" Chapter, shall be entitled to elect one delegate to the CFEPE Executive Council and one delegate to the CFEPE Annual Convention. This delegate shall be entitled to one vote. Those members for whom onehalf or more dues are paid shall be counted as full dues paying members.
Section 6 For the purpose of this article, membership shall mean the average number on which the per capita tax has been paid for the first twelve months of the fourteen month period immediately preceding the month in which the Convention meets provided:
a. That no local in arrears for two months at the time of the Convention shall be entitled to representation. Dues must be received in the AFT office at least fifteen (15) days before the Convention.
b. That, in the case of locals which have been chartered during the year preceding the Convention, the average shall be computed on the basis of the number of months of affiliation, the minimum for such computation to be two months.
Section 7 In the case of locals which receive fees from nonmembers for representing them under an agency shop agreement, the average number on which the per capita tax has been paid shall be increased by including, as if it were per capita tax, the sum equal to the per capita tax paid as required by Article VIII, Section 1 of the Bylaws. (For Convention delegates and voting strength purposes agency fee payers are treated as members and for members of nonbargaining locals who must pay agency fees to a nonAFT local, the delegate and voting strength is in proportion to the per capita paid to the State [½ to CFEPE]).
Section 8 On all roll calls at the Annual Convention each local shall be entitled to a number of votes equal to the average membership as defined in Section 6 of this article. The votes of a local shall be distributed as evenly as possible among its delegates present at the time of voting, but shall not be fractioned. All additional votes shall be equally assigned by lot or by an objective formula which shall be reported to the CFEPE Recording Secretary, with no delegate getting more than one additional vote.
Section 9 If a delegate leaves the Convention, his/her place in the Convention may be taken by an alternate, if any has been certified as provided in Section 3, in the order as listed on the Certified List of Delegates and Alternates. In the event that there are no alternates, the absent delegate's votes shall be evenly distributed among the remaining delegates present.
ARTICLE VIII REVENUES
a. On or before the fifteenth of each month each affiliated local shall pay to the SecretaryTreasurer of the AFT, the AFT dues and CFEPE dues.
b. CFEPE Dues Structure
Dues are based on the average salary in a local. The average salary is found by adding the total monies on the salary schedule and dividing by the number of steps. Locals with hourly pay grades must annualize this figure based on a regular work week.
Full Dues: Locals with an average salary (including Category #2) of over $20,000.
Twothirds Dues: Locals with an average salary (including Category #2) between $16,000 to $20,000.
Onehalf Dues: Locals with an average salary (including Category #2) of less than $16,000.
Onequarter Dues: Agency fee payers.
Oneeighth Dues: Category #2
c. Dues for special category membership shall be as follows: (See Article III MEMBERSHIP) Category #1 members shall pay $8.00 membership dues each year. Category #2 members shall pay dues as outlined in Section (b) of this Article, based on their respective incomes, but not less than one quarter of the CFEPE membership dues.
Section 2 Agency Shop Fair Share or Like Payments
a. Where a local receives fees from nonmembers for representing them under an agency shop agreement, it shall pay to the national office a sum equal to the AFT per capita tax for all such nonmembers and shall also pay to the State Federation a sum equal to the CFEPE per capita for all such nonmembers.
b. Each affiliated local that has members within a unit where the bargaining rights have been won by another organization and where the other organization has obtained an agency shop or fair share clause in the contract shall pay per capita tax at one half (½) the regular rate on those members required to pay agency or fair share fees to another organization.
Representation at the State Convention shall also be computed at one half (½) of the constitutional formula for apportionment of delegate and voting strength. Locals whose members pay agency or fair share fees to another organization may elect to pay full per capita for such members and receive full representation.
Section 3 A local shall be automatically suspended with loss of all rights and privileges during any period in which it is more than two (2) months in arrears. The local shall be automatically reinstated at such time as it is no longer more than two (2) months in arrears. A local shall be considered a month in arrears if on the fifteenth day following that month, the AFT office has not received payment.
Section 4 The payment of the per capita tax shall entitle each member to a subscription to the official periodicals of the CFEPE, AFT, AFLCIO.
Section 5 Membersatlarge shall pay to the CFEPE onehalf (½) per capita dues.
Section 6 The Treasurer of each affiliated local shall fill out and forward to the state office, on or before the fifteenth of each month, the report of additions to and deletions from the membership list, together with mailing addresses, as of the first day of that month.
ARTICLE IX AMENDMENTS
Section 1 Proposed amendments to the Constitution may be submitted either by request of the Executive Committee, Executive Council or by request of a local.
Section 2 Proposed amendments shall be submitted either to a convention or to ratification by twothirds (2/3) of the locals, the method to be decided by the Executive Council.
Section 3 If a proposed amendment is to be submitted to a State Convention, it must reach the state office at least two (2) months before the date of the convention and must be sent by the state office to the locals at least one (1) month before the convention.
Section 4 A twothirds (2/3) affirmative vote by those voting shall be needed to amend the constitution.
ARTICLE X AFFILIATION
Section 1 This organization shall permanently maintain affiliation with the Connecticut AFLCIO.
Section 2 Each local union shall maintain affiliation with the CFEPE, AFT, AFLCIO, and delegate representation of each local in the CFEPE, AFT, AFLCIO shall be as delineated in Section 5 of Article VII of this Constitution.
Section 3 Each local union of this organization shall maintain affiliation with the Connecticut AFLCIO and its local AFLCIO Labor Council(s) if such council(s) exist(s).
Section 4 Failure of any local union to maintain the affiliation as required in Section 3 of this Article shall be grounds for denial of delegate representation at any CFEPE Convention.
ARTICLE XI PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in "Robert's Rules of Order, Revised," shall govern this Federation in all cases where they are not inconsistent with this Constitution.
ARTICLE XII RECALL
Recall procedures against any CFEPE Officer(s) shall be instituted upon receipt by the CFEPE Executive Vice President of a petition accompanied by reasons for the recall signed by:
a. The Presidents of locals representing at least thirty percent (30%) of the CFEPE locals and representing at least thirtyfive percent (35%) of the CFEPE membership. (Such petition shall affirm that those signing are authorized by their locals to ask the recall of the CFEPE Officer(s) mentioned.) or
b. Forty percent (40%) of the official CFEPE Executive Council delegates who are members of at least thirty percent (30%) of the CFEPE locals.
Within ten (10) days of receiving such petitions, the CFEPE President shall:
a. Establish the date, time, and place for a meeting at which a recall election shall be held AND
b. notify locals.
Such recall election shall occur not less than thirty (30) days and not more than fifty (50) days after the CFEPE President has sent notice of the meeting to locals and has included the procedure in the paragraphs below.
Delegates to the meeting shall be elected in accordance with Article VII of the Constitution.
The officer(s) mentioned in the recall petition shall automatically be on the election ballot. Other nominations shall be made from the floor of the meeting. Each candidate shall be entitled to a nominating and second speech.
The election shall be by roll call vote as provided in Article VII, Sections 7 and 8 of the Constitution. Election shall be by majority vote, with a runoff in the event no majority has been obtained.
Those elected shall be installed immediately and shall serve out the unexpired terms of office.
Only one recall per officer(s) shall be permitted during the term of office.
Bylaws of the Connecticut Federation of Educational and Professional Employees, AFT, AFLCIO
ARTICLE I SPECIAL RULES OF ORDER FOR CONVENTIONS
Section 1 The Convention shall be called to order and conducted according to the printed program as prepared by the Convention Committee and approved by the Executive Council subject to such modification as the Convention may make.
Section 2 A motion calling for a roll call vote shall require a onefourth (¼ ) vote for adoption. When a roll call vote has been ordered, the Chairman shall at once call for the next item on the agenda, action on the pending motion being automatically postponed pending the tabulation of the results of the roll call vote. No debate, amendment, or other motion affecting the question on which the roll call vote was ordered may be made after a roll call has been ordered. The ballots shall be distributed to the ranking delegates under the direction of the Chairman of the Credentials Committee. Each delegate voting shall enter on his ballot the number of the roll call, the number of his local, his full name, the number of votes he is casting, and how he is voting. The ranking delegate shall return the ballots to the Credentials Committee. If a delegate's ballot is not collected promptly, he may deliver his ballot directly to the Committee on Credentials. No vote shall be accepted later than onehalf (½) hour following the order of the roll call vote. The results of the roll call vote shall be tabulated by the Committee on Credentials and reported to the Convention immediately upon completion of the tabulation according to the following procedures:
a. The total vote shall be read.
b. If one half (½) of the delegates request it, the vote by locals shall be read.
c. If any delegate challenges the vote of his/her local, the roll of delegates from that local shall be read, and each delegate from that local shall rise as his name is called, announce his vote, and state the number of votes he/she is casting.
d. The report on the roll call vote shall then be revised to agree with the oral vote just taken.
Section 3 Delegates shall be seated upon acceptance by the Convention of the report of the Credentials Committee and the list of delegates shall be made available to the members of the Convention. The right of any delegate to be seated as a member of the Convention shall be subject to challenge within a two (2) hour period after he has been declared seated by the Convention. Delegates may vote, unless or until successfully challenged, but in the event of a roll call vote a successful challenge invalidates the individual's vote. No delegate shall be seated after 12:00 noon on the last day of the Convention.
Section 4 The votes shall be distributed in accordance with the provision in Article VII, Sections 7 and 8.
Section 5 The order of business for business sessions of the Convention shall be as follows:
Section 6 A quorum for conducting business of a convention shall be twenty percent (20%) of the locals in good standing or delegates representing thirty percent (30%) of the CFEPE membership of locals in good standing.
ARTICLE II COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS
Section 1 The Committee on Credentials shall be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Executive Council, and shall be notified of appointment at least two weeks prior to the Convention. The Committee shall consist of at least five (5) members and shall be responsible for registration of delegates and visitors.
Section 2 Before the time for registration, the CFEPE Office, at the direction of the President, shall furnish the Committee on Credentials with copies of the lists of delegations and the duplicates of credentials as reported to him by the various locals. Each delegate and visitor shall be furnished with an official badge to be worn at the Convention.
ARTICLE III CONVENTION PROGRAM
The Committee on Convention Program shall be appointed by the Executive Council not later than the midyear meeting of the Executive Council. This Committee shall prepare the tentative program of the next Convention and shall submit it to the President at least one month before the Convention. The President shall send a copy of the tentative program to each delegate as soon thereafter as possible.
ARTICLE IV GENERAL CONVENTION PROCEDURES
Section 1 The Convention shall convene at the time and place determined by the Executive Council in the month of May.
Section 2 Only credentialed delegates and invited guests who are participating in the program of the Convention shall be admitted to the Convention floor. All visitors shall secure a pass from the Credentials Committee and shall be seated only in a special section reserved for them.
Section 3 Resolutions to the Convention may be introduced by locals or the Executive Council or by the Executive Committee. No resolution shall be introduced after the 21st day prior to the start of the Convention, except by the consent of 2/3 of the delegates on the floor. All resolutions shall bear the signatures of at least two elected officers of the local introducing the resolution, or two CFEPE officers, if introduced by the Executive Council or the Executive Committee. The officers signing the resolution shall certify that the resolution was approved for submission to the Convention either by the Executive Board or membership of the local or by the CFEPE Executive Council/Committee. The resolution shall contain the title and shall be submitted to the President of the CFEPE, AFT, AFLCIO, in typewritten form, in triplicate.
Section 4 The President or presiding officer of the Convention shall appoint a SergeantatArms whose duty shall be to preserve order at the Convention.
ARTICLE V NOMINATION AND ELECTION PROCEDURE
Section 1 The method of election shall be the same as prescribed by the AFT. Officers of the CFEPE shall be elected by roll call vote.
Section 2 A member who is a candidate for a particular CFEPE office shall present to the President a petition indicating the position sought and signed by at least twentyfive (25) members, ten (10) days before the Convention, or nomination of candidates for CFEPE office may also be made by a petition signed by at least ten (10) delegates and presented to the Credentials Committee by 11:00 a.m. of the day on which elections are held. The delegates to the Convention shall be informed of the names of the candidates and the offices they seek. If new offices are created at the Convention, nominations shall be made from the floor.
At the Convention, each candidate may have one person speak in support of his or her candidacy.
Section 3 A majority of ballots cast shall be required to elect the President, the Executive Vice President, the First Vice President, the Recording Secretary, and the Treasurer. The candidates for Vice President receiving the highest number of votes corresponding to the number of positions to be filled shall be declared elected. In the event there is no majority vote for the offices of President, Executive Vice President, First Vice President, Recording Secretary, or Treasurer, or if there is a tie for the final Vice Presidential position(s), a runoff election shall be held by roll call vote.
Section 4 Officers elected at the May Convention shall be designated "officers elect." They shall be entitled to attend all officers' meetings, shall take office July 1st, and shall be formally installed at the next regular Executive Council meeting.
ARTICLE VI STANDING COMMITTEES
Section 1 The standing committees shall be established by the Constitution. Committee Chairpersons and members shall be recommended by the President and approved by the Executive Council.
Section 2 Each Standing Committee shall make a written report for submission to the Convention.
Section 3 Standing Committees shall meet at the request of the Chairperson or a majority of the members of the Committee. The following Standing Committees shall be appointed:
ARTICLE VII BUDGET AND AUDIT
Section 1 A two (2) year budget shall be prepared by the Treasurer in cooperation with the Executive Committee, and sent to local presidents and delegates at least one month before the Business Convention in even numbered years.
Section 2 It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Council to order the auditing of financial records of the organization annually and to submit said audits to each Convention.
Section 3 The CFEPE Executive Committee shall have the sole authority to prepare the two (2) year budget before the beginning of the fiscal year provided that delegates to the CFEPE Executive Council's March meeting are presented the proposed budget and have the opportunity to make suggestions on budget items. The Executive Council, at its June meeting or the meeting immediately following the Convention, shall have the power to adopt the budget.
Section 4 All CFEPE locals paying per capita tax on less than its entire duespaying membership shall be subject to suspension by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may require a local to produce proof of membership where reason exists to believe such local is violating this provision. If the local shall fail or refuse to produce such proof on request, the Executive Committee may base its determination on such evidence as may be available.
ARTICLE VIII DUES
Section 1 Commencing September 1, 1998, dues shall be increased by 35ó to $13.38, per member, per month.
Commencing September 1, 1999, dues shall be increased by 25ó to $13.63 per member, per month.
ARTICLE IX SPECIAL RULES OF ORDER FOR EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Section 1 An agenda of each Executive Council meeting must be sent with each call to the meeting, at least one (1) week prior to the meeting.
Section 2 A motion calling for a roll call vote shall require a onefourth ( ) vote for adoption.
Section 3 A quorum for conducting business at an Executive Council meeting shall be twenty percent (20%) of the locals in good standing which represent thirty percent (30%) of the CFEPE membership in good standing.
a. Resolutions to the Executive Council may be introduced by locals or the Executive Committee. All resolutions shall bear the signatures of at least two elected officers of the local introducing the resolution or of the CFEPE if introduced by the Executive Committee. The officers signing the resolution shall certify that the resolution was approved for submission to the Executive Council.
b. Resolutions shall be sent to the President of the Connecticut Federation of Educational and Professional Employees, AFT, AFLCIO in typewritten form in triplicate.
c. Proposed resolutions must reach the office of the Connecticut Federation of Educational and Professional Employees by the Tuesday of the week preceding the Executive Council meeting at which action is intended.
ARTICLE X SUSPENSIONS OF RULES AND AMENDMENTS OF BYLAWS
Section 1 The special rules of order contained in Article I of these Bylaws may be suspended by a twothirds (2/3) vote in the same manner as provided by "Robert's Rules of Order, Revised" for the suspension of all regular rules of order.
Section 2 Bylaws may be amended by following the procedure in Article IX Amendments.
ARTICLE XI LOCAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Section 1 Commencing September 1, 1983, in order to assist the development of a strong leadership and adequate internal structure essential to the maintenance of healthy autonomous locals, the CFEPE shall offer a local assistance program for leadership development. The local assistance program shall include financial, staff, and other assistance as determined by the Executive Council. Locals wishing to participate in the program must meet the requirements set forth by the CFEPE which include, but are not limited to the following: a commitment by the local to provide for an adequate local dues structure necessary to the functioning of the local, a commitment of any subsidized staff or officers to attend all CFEPE leadership training programs and the CFEPE Summer School, and to assist in CFEPE organizing campaigns for the required amount of time. The Executive Committee shall establish and administer guidelines for locals wishing to participate in the local assistance program. Such guidelines are subject to the approval of the Executive Council.
Effective July 1, 1986, the CFEPE shall fund a Local Assistance Program to increase the effectiveness of locals and the CFEPE by increasing resources on the local level, which will help local leadership, strengthen local structures, foster cooperation among locals and increase support for CFEPE.
Locals wishing to participate in the program must meet and maintain the requirements set forth by the CFEPE Assistance Program.
Effective July 1, 1989 assisted locals who go ninety (90) days or more into arrears on dues payment will have their assistance reduced by an amount equivalent to CFEPE interest lost from uncollected dues during the time the local was in arrears. The CFEPE Executive Committee will determine the equivalent interest rate and modify it quarterly. Penalty appeals may be made to the Executive Committee.
Effective September 1, 1989 Local Assistance will only be paid if a local is in good standing.
Constitution amended by vote of delegates in attendance at May 1998 Business Convention.
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