Constitution

Adjuncts United Constitution and Bylaws

I. NAME
This organization shall be known as Adjuncts United herein referred to as Adjuncts United, AU, and/or the Union.

II. PURPOSES
The purposes of this organization shall be:
1. To promote the best interests of students and education at Syracuse University.
2. To secure the conditions necessary for the greatest effectiveness of our members.
3. To improve wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment for members of the bargaining unit.
4. To advance the standards of our professions.
5. To promote mutual assistance and cooperation with other organizations with which it is associated.
6. To promote the aims and objectives of the New York State United Teachers and its national affiliates.
7. To expose and fight all forms of discrimination.
8. To promote unity and strength of our professions.

III. AFFILIATIONS
This organization is an affiliate of the New York State United Teachers and its national affiliates.

IV. MEMBERSHIP
1. Regular Membership in AU shall be open to all persons for whom the Union bargains collectively. Membership shall be obtained only through the payment of required dues.
2. Those members employed by more than one school/college shall notify the Secretary with which school/college he/she wishes to be affiliated.

V. DUES
Dues shall be the current NYSUT and national affiliate dues plus one of the following:
(a) $7 per year if the total academic salary is less than 95% of three times the minimum per credit rate (rounded to the nearest $100).
(b) $50 per year for those in the two highest NYSUT dues categories.
(c) $35 per year for those between the two categories established above.
These dues may be changed by a majority vote of all members voting after reasonable notice of the intention to vote on such a question.

VI. OFFICERS
1. The officers of Adjuncts United shall be president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.
2. Duties of the President
a. Be chief executive officer of Adjuncts United.
b. Administer all affairs and execute all policies of the organization.
c. Preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee and general membership.
d. Represent the organization with all external groups.
e. Appoint and establish the function of all committees with the approval of the Executive Committee.
f. Call regular and special meetings of the Executive Committee and general membership.
g. Shall facilitate election of constituency's representatives or "stewards" within 45 days after such vacancies occur.
h. Fulfill such other duties as the office requires and as are consistent with these bylaws.

3. Duties of the Vice President:
a. The vice president shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the president in his/her absence and shall perform such other duties as the president may designate.
b. If the office of president becomes vacant the vice president shall assume the office of president.

4. Duties of the Secretary:
a. The secretary shall be responsible for the minutes and records of the Executive Committee.
b. Prepare the agenda and notices for all meetings of the Executive Committee as directed by the President.
c. Keep union records.
d. Be responsible for the correspondence of the Executive Committee.
e. Perform other such duties as may be required by the president or Executive Committee.

5. Treasurer:
a. The treasurer shall have responsibility for and custody of the funds of the Union.
b. Pay all authorized bills.
c. Keep accurate records of receipt, expenditures, and all financial transactions.
d. Prepare monthly financial reports as required by the Executive Committee.
e. Perform other such duties as may be required by the president or Executive Committee.

VII. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the duly elected officers and at least one representative elected from the following schools/colleges:
. School of Architecture
. College of Arts and Sciences
. School of Education
. College of Human Services and Health Professions
. School of Information Studies
. College of Law
. Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
. S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
. L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
. University College
. College of Visual and Performing Arts
. Martin J. Whitman School of Management

2. Schools/colleges with more than 25 employees eligible in the Union shall elect additional representatives for each additional 25 or part thereof.

3. The Executive Committee shall be elected by secret ballot of their constituency in a similar manner as the officers. In the case of openings occurring between general elections the President will accept for consideration any members in good standing either self-nominated or nominated by any other member of their school or college. Such nominees will then be presented as new potential members to the Executive Committee for ratification by a majority vote held in Executive session.

4. The Executive Committee shall:
a. Approve initial contract proposals for negotiation by the negotiating committee and proposed contractual agreements for ratification by the membership.
b. Approve members and chairpersons of the standing and ad-hoc committees and editors of the Union's publications.
c. Fill vacancies among the elected officers as described in this constitution.
d. Authorize expenditures of funds by the Treasurer.
e. Represent the needs of the Adjunct Faculty to the Union and/or the University as appropriate.
f. Determine grievances that will be forwarded to arbitration.
g. In general propose, approve and execute policies and resolutions of the Union, except those otherwise specified by this constitution and bylaws.
5. General Provisions:
a. The Executive Committee shall meet regularly, at least once per month during the academic year and at least once during the months of June and July.
b. The President, or 1/3 of the membership of the Executive Committee, shall be empowered to call a special meeting of the Executive Committee.
c. A majority of the membership of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.

VIII. NOMINATIONS, ELECTIONS, AND TERMS OF OFFICE
1. Nominations
a. Each member in good standing may nominate candidates for office.
b. Notice of the offices to be filled, the right to make nominations, and the time and place for the submission of nominations shall be made known to members.
c. Nomination procedures shall be determined by the Elections Committee.
d. All members in good standing are eligible for nomination for office.
e. No member shall hold more than one office at a time.

2. Elections
a. All members in good standing shall be notified of the time and place of elections reasonably in advance of the election.
b. Election shall be by secret ballot.
c. The results shall be available to members.
d. The secretary shall maintain all election records for one year.

3. Terms of Office
a. Officers shall serve a two year term of office commencing on April 1.
b. Each officer shall remain in office until a successor assumes the office.
c. If an officer resigns a special election will be held within 60 days according to the Elections Committee’s standard practices. Interim appointments may be made by the Executive Committee when needed.

4. Election of Officers Protest Procedures
a. Any member in good standing may protest the general election of officers based upon a stated defect/s in the election procedures, by creating a petition that describes such defect/s and is signed by members in good standing in numbers totaling no less than 50% of the total number of ballots received in the said election.
b. The petition will be submitted to the Executive Committee through the Secretary, who shall certify the authenticity and the member status of each signer. The Executive Committee will then appoint an ad hoc Special Elections Committee to develop recall election rules.
c. If two thirds of those voting in the recall election vote to nullify the previous election due to the stated defect the election shall be nullified, and a new election held.
d. The prior to the election officers will reassume their officer positions and remain in place until a new election is held.

5. Officer Recall Procedures
a. A recall election may be initiated by any member in good standing by a recall petition stating the reasons for the proposed action and signed by twenty-five percent of the union members in good standing.
b. A petition demanding a recall election shall be presented to the Executive Committee through the Secretary, who shall certify the authenticity and the member status of each signer.
c. No recall petition shall be received after February 15 of the year in which a regular officer election is to take place; and each recall election shall be completed no later than 30 days after the petition has been certified.
d. The recall election shall be conducted by the Elections Committee.
e. An officer shall be removed when two-thirds of those casting ballots so vote, provided only that the total voting for recall shall be no less than a majority of total votes cast in the elections of that officer.
f. When a vacancy occurs because of recall elections, the position shall be filled according to the procedures listed below under “Succession of Officers.”

6. Succession of officers
a. In the event the President cannot complete his/her term, the term shall be completed by the Vice President until a special election fills the vacancy. After serving temporarily as President, the Vice President shall resume his/her duties for whatever remains of the term of office.
b. In the event that the Vice President cannot complete his/her term, the term shall be completed by the Secretary until a special election fills the vacancy.
c. In the event that the Secretary or Treasurer cannot complete his/her term, the Executive Committee, by a majority of those voting, shall elect a replacement to complete the term.

COMMITTEES
1. The members and chairpersons of all standing and ad hoc committees shall be appointed by the president and approved by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.
2. The standing committees of the Executive Committee shall be the Negotiations Committee, Grievance Committee, Membership Committee, Elections Committee, and Communications Committee. Their duties shall be:
a. The Negotiations Committee shall
i. Develop proposals for contract negotiations and negotiate agreements with Syracuse University covering the terms and conditions of employment for all those represented by the Union.
ii. Present Contract proposals to the Executive Committee for approval.

b. The Grievance Committee shall
i. Supervise and review the administration of grievance policies, procedures, and litigation arising from grievances.
ii. Advise the Executive Committee on the disposition of grievances that have not gone to arbitration.
iii. Recommend cases for arbitration to the Executive Committee
iv. Stay in contact with the Executive Committee.

c. The Membership Committee shall
i. Prepare policy recommendations for the Executive Committee regarding membership development, growth, and expansion programs.
ii. Help execute such membership policies as the Executive Committee might adopt.

d. The Elections Committee shall
i. Conduct the Executive Committee election, and all other elections delegated to it.
ii. Not themselves be running for office in any election it conducts.
iii. Determine nomination and election procedures not specified by the constitution or bylaws.

e. The Communications Committee shall
i. Make recommendations relating to the publications, public relations, and internal communications of the union.
ii. Help execute those recommendations that are approved by the Executive Committee.

3. Ad hoc committees shall be dismissed upon completion of their appointed tasks.

4. The terms of office for chairpersons and members of standing committees shall normally be one year, commencing at the April Executive Committee meeting. The terms of office for chairpersons and members of ad hoc committees shall commence at the time of appointment, and shall normally last for one year, but shall expire no later than the time of completion of their appointed charges.

X. REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLIES
Representatives to the NYSUT Representative Assembly and national governance bodies shall be elected by secret ballot in a manner not inconsistent with the Constitution and Bylaws of the appropriate state and national organizations and with the law.

XI. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
1. Meetings of the general membership may be called by the President, by a majority of the Executive Committee or by petition of ten (10) percent of the membership. Membership meetings shall be held at least twice annually. All members shall receive notice of the time and place of the meetings.
2. A quorum at a general membership meeting shall consist of a majority of the members present and voting.

XII. RATIFICATION OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT
1. Approval or disapproval of any collective bargaining agreement with Syracuse University shall be determined by a majority of the votes cast by the members of the Union. A copy of the proposed contractual agreement shall be distributed to all members eligible to vote on it no less than 1 week prior to the vote on its ratification. The vote shall be by mail ballot following at least one general meeting of the membership.

2. Similarly, a vote to strike shall be decided by a majority of the votes in a mail ballot cast by those members of the Union, following at least one general meeting of the membership.

XIII. PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF MEMBERS
1. Every member of this organization shall have equal rights and privileges to nominate candidates to hold office, to vote in elections or referendum, to attend membership meetings and to participate in deliberations and voting upon the business of the organization
2. This organization shall show no discrimination toward any individual or group of individuals on the basis of sex, sexual preference, creed, color, race, religion, disability, age, military status, marital status, prior arrest or conviction record, national origin or political activities and beliefs.

XIV. AMENDMENTS
1. Initial adoption of this constitution and bylaws shall be by a majority of the votes cast in a general membership election.
2. Amendments to this constitution and bylaws may be proposed by a majority of the Executive Committee or by petition of at least 10 percent of the membership.
3. A proposed amendment must be submitted to the entire membership at least two weeks prior to a vote on it.
4. Adoption of amendments to the constitution and bylaws shall be by two-thirds of the vote in a general membership election.

XV. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Meetings of all duly constituted bodies of this organization shall be governed by Roberts' Rules of Order, Newly Revised, except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws.

XVI. AUDITING OF FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS
1. All financial transactions will be conducted under the budgetary discretion of the Executive Committee.
2. Each year a financial report will be filed as required by law. An annual audit of the union’s books will be performed.

XVII. DISSOLUTION
Upon dissolution-of this organization, assets shall be distributed to one or more tax exempt charitable organizations.

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