TVI Employees Federation
Advocates for a Professional WorkPlace

CONSTITUTION OF
ALBUQUERQUE TVI EMPLOYEES FEDERATION
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Contents

ARTICLE 1 - Name 
ARTICLE 2 - Objectives  
ARTICLE 3 - Membership
ARTICLE 4 - Officers  
ARTICLE 5 - Duties of Officers  
ARTICLE 6 - Election of Officers  
ARTICLE 7 - Committees

 

ARTICLE   8 - Executive Council  
ARTICLE   9 - Affiliations
ARTICLE 10 - Meetings 
ARTICLE 11 - Finance & Budget 
ARTICLE 12 - Rules of Order  
ARTICLE 13 - Amendment
ARTICLE 14 - Availability

 

ARTICLE I
NAME

This organization shall be known as the Albuquerque TVI Employees Federation, Local No. 4974  
(previously: TVI Faculty Federation)

ARTICLE II
OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this organization shall be:

2.1     To bring Federation members together for mutual assistance and cooperation.

2.2    To obtain for employees the rights and respect to which they are entitled.

2.3     To promote professional standards in education and to create an environment essential for the most productive professional service and learning conditions.

2.4     To promote equal rights within the institution and defend against discrimination based on sex,  age, religion, creed, national origin, sexual preference, or political activities.

2.5     To obtain for all faculty and staff the salary and working conditions, commensurate with the duties, dedication and professionalism expected of us.

2.6     To promote faculty and staff decision making in the administration of the college.

2.7     To promote an open environment for faculty, staff, and students to express their needs, desires and ideas.

2.8     To encourage cooperation with faculty and staff of other colleges to promote better working conditions and learning environments for all.

2.9     To encourage cooperation with other labor organizations and their members.

ARTICLE III
MEMBERSHIP

3.1     All faculty and non-management staff within officially recognized bargaining units  are eligible for membership in the Federation.

3.2     Supervisory personnel, confidential employees, and management employees, as defined in the New Mexico Public Employee Bargaining Act, shall not be eligible for Federation membership. Members promoted to supervisory positions will be removed immediately from active membership on the effective date of the promotion and will be recognized as retired members.

3.3     Any member who fails to pay dues upon their expiration (plus a grace period of thirty (30) days) shall not be in good standing and shall be dropped from the rolls and their names removed from the records of the National office. The member may be reinstated upon the payment of a $25 fee and three months back dues.

3.4     In matters that affect the each bargaining unit, only members within such bargaining unit and in good standing within the federation may vote.  

3.5     The Federation shall not discriminate against an individual member or applicants for membership because of race, creed, religion, sex, sexual preference, age, political activities or national origin.

3.6     A member may be expelled for acts detrimental to the Federation upon presentation of written charges signed by at least one-fourth (1/4) of the total membership and approved by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Executive Council. The member shall have the right to appeal the decision to the membership at the next general membership meeting and shall be reinstated with full rights if a simple majority of the members present vote to reinstate.

ARTICLE IV
OFFICERS

4.1   The following officers shall be elected bi-annually by this Federation:

4.1.1 President  

4.1.2  Executive Vice President

4.1.3 Unit Vice-Presidents, one from each recognized bargaining unit  

4.1.4 Secretary

4.1.5 Treasurer

4.1.6 Labor Delegate

4.2    No one shall be elected an officer of this Federation unless she or he has been a member of this local Federation for at least one (1) year prior to the beginning of the term of office. For the first two (2) years at-large membership will apply.

4.3    The offices of President, Treasurer, Secretary and Labor Delegate may be held by any member meeting the criteria of section 4.2

4.4    Vice Presidents for each bargaining unit  shall be elected from among and by the members of each bargaining unit.  

ARTICLE V
DUTIES OF OFFICERS

5.1    Duties of officers and standing committees shall be defined in the by-laws.  

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ARTICLE VI
ELECTION OF OFFICERS

6.1    All officers shall be elected for two-year terms.

6.2    Nominations for officers shall be made at least 15 days before the regular Spring membership meeting.

6.2.1   Notice shall be provided to all eligible voters in writing at least thirty (30) days prior to the Spring membership meeting that nominations will be in order.

6.2.2   Nominations shall be submitted in writing and accompanied by a petition signed by at least ten (10) members in good standing.

6.3    Voting shall be conducted by secret mail-in ballot or by secret ballot cast in person at the regular Spring membership meeting.

6.3.1   A simple majority of the members voting and eligible to vote for that office shall elect.

6.3.2   If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, a run-off election between the two (2) candidates with the greatest number of votes shall be conducted.

6.4    Officers will take office immediately.  

6.5    Interim vacancies in any office shall be filled by the executive committee.

6.6    The following procedure shall be used to recall an officer:

6.6.1   Presentation to the Executive Council of a petition requesting a recall election signed by one‑third (1/3) of the members in good standing.

6.6.2   The Executive Council shall, within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of such a petition, announce to the membership the time and place of the recall election. The membership must be given at least fifteen (15) days prior notice of such election and the election must be held within forty-five (45) days of receipt of the recall petition.

6.6.3   A vote of two-thirds of the membership voting in the recall election shall be required to recall an officer.  

ARTICLE VII
COMMITTEES

7.1   The following standing committees shall be active in this Federation: (1) Membership Committee; (2) Negotiations Committee; (3) Grievance Committee; (4) Finance and Budget Committee; Committee on Political Education (COPE).

7.2    The following special committee may be appointed:  
(1) Audit Committee; (2) Election Committee,(3) Education Committee; (4) Legislation Committee; (5) Social Committee.

7.3     Chairs of each of the standing committees and of all special committees shall be appointed by the President with  the consent of a majority of the other elected officers.

7.4     Members of each committee shall be appointed by the chairmen chairperson of each committee with the consent of the President.

ARTICLE VIII
THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

8.1.   The Executive Council of this Federation shall consist of the following:  

1. All elected officers

2. Chairs of standing committees  

3. The chief delegate to the New Mexico Federation of Educational Employees/NMFEE

8.2      A quorum shall consist of at least three (3) members of the Executive Council in attendance.

8.3 The Executive Council shall administer the policy of this federation as set by the membership at regular meetings. It shall have the power to act for the good of the federation in emergency situations where the policy cannot be set by the membership.

8.4   The chair of the Executive Council shall be the President of the Federation.

8.5     The Executive Council shall have the power to make contracts and incur liabilities which may be appropriate to enable it to accomplish any or all of its purposes.

8.6  The Executive Council shall report its activities at each regular membership meeting when requested.  If any nonmembers are present the Executive Council minutes will not be read.  

8.7  The Executive Council shall enact changes to the By-laws by a two-thirds vote.
      

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ARTICLE IX
AFFILIATIONS

9.1    This Federation shall maintain affiliation with and, whenever possible, send delegates to the following organization:  

9.1.1   The American Federation of Teachers -- All delegates and alternates to the National Convention of the AFT shall be elected by majority vote at the April membership meeting. Notice of election shall be made at the previous membership meeting and mailed to each member at least fifteen (15) days prior to the election. The President and Secretary shall certify the election and forward the credentials of all elected delegates and alternates to the National Office as soon as possible but not later than ten (10) days before the convening of the National Convention. The delegates shall confer with the Treasurer to make sure the AFT per capita through June has been sent to the National Office at least fifteen (15) days before the convening of the National Convention.

9.1.2   The New Mexico Federation of Educational Employees -- Delegates shall be elected at least one (1) month before the State Convention at the regular membership meeting.  The chief delegate shall be the Labor Delegate elected biennially.  

9.1.3   The Bernalillo County AFL-CIO Central Labor Council  
The President and Vice-President shall serve the Federation as delegates to this assembly.

9.1.4   The New Mexico Federation of Labor -- The President and Vice-President shall serve as delegates of the Federation to the AFL-CIO State Convention. The New Mexico Federation of Labor -- The President and Vice-President shall serve as delegates of the Federation to the AFL-CIO State Convention. The New Mexico Federation of Labor -- The President and Vice-President shall serve as delegates of the Federation to the AFL-CIO State Convention.

9.1.5   All delegates shall be elected in keeping with the AFT national guidelines.

9.2     All delegates shall make reports to the Executive Council on meetings attended.

9.3     Every reasonable effort shall be made by this Federation to pay the legitimate expenses of delegates to meetings and conventions of affiliated organizations.

9.4     Delegates to affiliated organizations shall meet the same requirements as officers of the local.

ARTICLE X
MEETINGS

10.1    Membership meetings shall be held at least once each term with the  time and place to be determined by the President.  Notification must be made to the membership at least seven (7) working days prior to the meeting.  A quorum shall consist of twelve members in good standing.

10.2    Special membership meetings may be called by the President.

10.3    Regular meetings of the Executive Council shall be held at least once each month at a time and place determined by the Council. The membership must be notified in advance of meetings.

10.4    Emergency meetings of the Executive Council may be called by the President. The membership need not be notified in advance of special meetings. Every reasonable effort must be made to contact all members of the Executive Council.

ARTICLE XI
FINANCE AND BUDGET

11.1    Local Federation dues shall be determined each year by provisions contained in this document's By-Laws. The total dues package paid by a member shall include the Federation's dues plus the per capita obligations for each Federation affiliate.  

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11.2    An annual budget shall be prepared by the Finance and Budget Committee and approved by the Executive Council.

ARTICLE XII
RULES OF ORDER

12.1    Roberts Rules of Order , Revised, shall govern in all cases not covered by this Constitution or the By-Laws of this Federation.

ARTICLE XIII
AMENDMENT

13.1   An amendment to this constitution may be proposed by any member in good standing of the Albuquerque TVI Federation.

13.2   The proposed amendment shall be submitted (in writing) at any membership meeting, or submitted to the Secretary at least ten (10) days prior to the next membership meeting and distributed with the agenda and minutes of the previous meeting.  

13.3   Amendments must receive a simple majority vote of members in attendance to be adopted.

ARTICLE XIV  
AVAILABILITY OF THIS CONSTITUTION

14.1   Three copies of this Constitution and all future amendments shall be submitted to the National office of the American Federation of Teachers.

14.2   Three copies of this Constitution and all future amendments shall be submitted to the state office of the New Mexico Federation of Teachers.

14.3   Copies of this Constitution shall be made available to other affiliated organizations upon request.

14.4   Copies of this Constitution shall be provided to all members of this Federation.  

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