TCEA Constitution

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TRAVERSE CITY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION

Preamble

We, the professional educators of the Traverse City Area Schools, believing that we must institute our own self government, secure proper recognition and responsibility for the well being of our members hereby adopt this constitution for the Traverse City Education Association.

I. Name

The name of this organization (a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of Michigan) shall be the Traverse City Education Association, a local affiliate of the Michigan Education Association (MEA), and the National Education Association (NEA). The association shall be a non-profit corporation organized in accordance with the laws of Michigan.

II. Purpose

The purpose of this Association shall be the improvement of education, the advancement of the interests of education and of educators, the promotion of the professional growth of its members, and the enabling of members to speak with a common voice in matters pertaining to the teaching profession and to present their common interests before the Board of Education and other legal authorities as provided by law.

III.Membership

A. All professionals of the Traverse City School System, full or part-time, who meet the active membership requirements of the Michigan Education Association and NEA shall, upon payment of dues as herein provided, become active members of this association with full rights and privileges of membership.

B. Active members of this Association shall also be members of the Michigan Education Association, and the National Education Association.

C. No member shall be censured, suspended or expelled from the Traverse City Education Association without a due process hearing before the Board of Directors, which shall include appropriate appellate procedures.

D. Active membership shall be continuous until the member leaves the school system or resigns from the Association using established procedures. Continuing membership in the Association may be terminated at the request of a member by written notice filed with the association president.

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IV. Officers and Governing Bodies

A. Officers: The officers of the Association shall consist of a president, a vice president, a secretary, and a treasurer. Terms of office shall be for two (2) years commencing on July 1.

B. Terms of office for Representative Assembly delegates and duly elected alternates shall be for two (2) years commencing on September 1. The president is the first MEA & NEA Representative Assembly delegate.

C.Governing bodies:

1.Executive Board: there shall be an executive board as defined in the by-laws.

2.Board of Directors: There shall be a governing body known as the Board of Directors as defined in the by-laws.

3.Third World representation: The ethnic representation shall be in compliance with the constitution and bylaws of the National Education Association and the Michigan Education Association. In the event that the ethnic representation is less than required by the constitutions and bylaws of the NEA and MEA rules and procedures shall be established for an at-large election to ensure proportionate ethnic minority representation.

V.Direct Legislation

A. Initiative and referendum. The rights of popular initiative and referendum shall rest with the active membership of the association. Upon receipt of a petition signed by fifteen percent (15%) of the active membership of the association, the secretary shall announce a general meeting or ballot as indicated on the petition within fifteen (15) calendar days for the purposes presented in the petition. A majority vote of the total membership shall be required for its adoption, which shall take effect thirty (30) days later.

B.Recall. The right of recall shall rest with the electing body. Upon receipt of a petition signed by fifteen percent (15%) of the membership of the electing body, the secretary shall announce a general meeting or ballot by the electing body as indicated on the petition within fifteen (15) calendar days for the purposes presented in the petition. A majority of the total active membership shall be required for its adoption, which shall take effect thirty (30) days later.

C.Petitions shall be filed with the secretary. However, if the secretary is the subject of the petition, the petition shall be filed with the most senior member of the governing body not subject to the petition.

VI. Membership and Fiscal Year

The membership and fiscal years shall be September 1 through August 31.

VII. Authority

Any part of this constitution and/or Bylaws, which is in conflict with the NEA/MEA constitutions and/or Bylaws will be declared null and void.

VIII. Amendments

Amendments to this constitution may be introduced by the membership by petition signed by fifteen (15%) of the total active membership and submitted to the secretary. Amendments to the Constitution may also be introduced by the Board of Directors. These proposed amendments shall be acted upon at a subsequent meeting of the membership or by ballot within sixty (60) days of submission. A copy of the proposed amendment, together with the recommendations of the Board of Directors, shall be sent to each member of the association at least fifteen (15) days prior to voting. A two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the active membership voting is required to adopt the proposed amendment, which shall become effective immediately upon adoption unless otherwise provided.

IX Dissolution

No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, directors, officers, or other private persons except that the corporation shall be authorized and. empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distribution in furtherance of the purposes as set forth in Article II above. Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code or any corresponding future section.

Upon dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all of the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized or operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or any corresponding future section and any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Circuit Court of the County in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purpose or to such organization or organizations, as the Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

Details

Drafted
May 2001
Revised
March 2005

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