shall be known as the University of North Florida (UNF) Chapter of the
United Faculty of Florida (UFF).
Section 1. To bring
faculty and professional employees of the University into a relationship
of mutual assistance and cooperation in order to obtain and maintain
for them the rights and privileges to which they are entitled.
Section 2. To promote
a high degree of democratization at the University, which will enable
members of the university community to better serve the people of the
State of Florida.
Section 3. To achieve
and safeguard due process and academic freedom.
Section 4. To combat
all forms of illegal discrimination.
Section 1. Active Membership
All faculty and professional employees holding regular, visiting, provisional,
research, affiliate, or joint appointments in the position classifications
listed in Appendix A of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between
the Board of Regents and the United Faculty of Florida shall be eligible
for active membership except as otherwise provided in this Constitution
and Bylaws and the UFF state Constitution and Bylaws. The right to vote
and to hold elective office shall be limited to active members except
as otherwise provided in the Constitution and Bylaws.
Section 2. Nonvoting
membership shall be open to retired teachers and others eligible for
membership who withdraw from the profession and who wish to maintain
affiliation. Upon approval of the Chapter Council, non-voting membership
shall be open to any person who is interested in advancing the cause
of education but is not eligible for active membership.
Section 3. No illegal
discrimination shall ever be shown toward members or applicants for
Section 4. No union
brother or sister should ever bear witness against another union member,
to the extent not required by law, unless it is in the context of cleaning
up improper practices in the union.
Section 5. No person
may be barred from membership, except for those (A) convicted of a felony,
(B) who fail to pay dues, (C) who misappropriate, embezzle or improperly
or illegally use union funds, (D) who have violated Federal or state
labor laws, (E) who have accepted union campaign contributions from
administrators (representatives of the employer), (F) who have engaged
in collusion with the employer, to the extent not required by law, to
the detriment of their union colleagues and (G) who have engaged in
other forms of improper conduct as specified in the Chapter Bylaws.
Section 1. The membership
shall annually elect by secret ballot a President, a Vice-President,
a Secretary, a Treasurer, plus the appropriate number of Senators and
Alternate Senators as determined by the United Faculty of Florida state
Bylaws. All of these officers must be full-time dues paying employees
who will be employed during the school year they will be in office.
Section 2. The Chapter
Council shall be composed of the elected officers and Senators, the
appointed grievance representative, the appointed negotiation representative
(if any) as well as the appointed chairs of the standing committees.
Section 3. Vacancies
in the office of an elected officer or Senator shall be filled within
thirty days of the occurrence by the President with the consent of a
majority of the Chapter Council.
Most of the day-to-day
functions of the chapter shall be conducted according to the Chapter
and Due Process
including amendments to the Constitution and recall of elected officers,
shall be submitted to a referendum vote by order of the Chapter Council
or by request of at least twenty percent of the members. The Chapter
Council shall ensure that ample opportunity is given for pro and con
arguments to be communicated to the membership and shall ensure that
the membership has the opportunity to vote by a fair and, if requested,
may be amended as follows: A proposed amendment shall be distributed
to all members at least thirty days prior to a vote. A Constitutional
amendment shall be adopted by two-thirds vote.
Approved at a Meeting
of the Membership on November 13, 2000.
BYLAWS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA (UNF)
CHAPTER OF THE UNITED FACULTY OF FLORIDA (UFF)
Rules of Order
Section 1. Robert's
Ru1es of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern in all cases not covered
by the Chapter Constitution or Bylaws.
Section 1. Standing
Committees shall be:
(2) Membership Committee
(3) Communications Committee
(4) Nominations and Elections Committee
Section 2. The President
will appoint the chairpersons of each standing committee. Each of our
colleges and the library should be represented on the Chapter Council.
Given the group that was elected, the President should make his/her
chair appointments in such a way that each unit is represented. If it
is not possible to obtain the desired diversity of representation in
a particular year, members from the neglected unit should be sought
for committee membership in that year, and efforts should be made the
next year to obtain Council representation from the unit in question.
Section 3. The chair
shall appoint the members of each committee.
Section 4. The President
may create special committees when needed.
Duties of Officers
and Chapter Council
Section 1. The President
shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and of the Chapter Council.
He or she shall be a member of all committees, shall sign all necessary
documents and papers, and represent the organization. The President
shall make an annual report to the membership. He or she will normally
make the recommendations for course releases for the chapter. Normally,
the President will appoint a Grievance Representative who will receive
a one course release.
Section 2. The Vice-President
shall represent the President when the President cannot be present and
shall exercise those duties prescribed by the President or the Chapter
Council. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice-President
shall serve as President for the period remaining in the existing term.
Section 3. The Secretary
shall maintain records of the Chapter Constitution, Bylaws and minutes
of all the meetings of the Chapter Council and the membership, and consultations
with the administration. In the event the Vice-President and the President
positions are vacant, the Secretary should promptly convene a meeting
of the membership in order to fill the vacant posts.
Section 4. The Treasurer
shall be the chief financial officer of the Chapter, shall exercise
supervision over the receipt and disbursement of all monies, properties,
securities, and other evidence of financial worth of this organization.
The Treasurer shall prepare an annual budget and make regular financial
reports to the Chapter Council.
Section 5. The Senators
shall represent the Chapter at the statewide UFF Senate meetings and
the annual Representative Assembly of the Florida Education Association
(FEA). A lesser number of representatives must be selected for the Representative
Assembly of the National Education Association (NEA). The President
shall assign an Alternate Senator to represent the Chapter at one of
these meetings when a Senator is unable to attend. Senators and Alternate
Senators may exercise other duties as prescribed by the Chapter Council.
Section 6. The Chapter
Council shall adopt an annual budget and administer the policies of
the Chapter as set by the membership. It shall have the power to act
for the good of the Chapter in emergency situations where policy cannot
be set by the membership. The Chapter shall regularly notify the membership
of its actions.
Section 7. The Chapter
Council shall have the power to employ persons on full or part-time
Section 8. Non-attendance
at up to three consecutive meetings of the Chapter Council by members
of the Council may result in their replacement. Any officer or committee
chair that fails to respond to e-mail messages for a period of one month
may result in their replacement, unless the person has notified the
Council of extended travel plans.
Duties of the
Section 1. All committees
shall be under the direction of the President and they shall periodically
issue reports to the President and the Chapter Council.
Section 2. The Grievance
Committee shall supervise and keep records of all grievance proceedings.
The members of this committee must all have been properly trained in
how to process grievances. The committee shall normally consist of the
Grievance Chair, the Grievance Representative (appointed by the President),
and several experienced past grievance representatives. This body should
meet regularly to discuss the pending cases, solicit the member's ideas,
and decide when necessary if a settlement is in the best interest of
the grievant and the Chapter. All grievance settlements must be approved
by a majority vote of this body before they can be accepted. Great care
must be taken to avoid giving the impression a grievant is being "sold
out," meaning substantive discussions have been held behind closed
doors, excluding the grievant or other concerned parties. If evidence
of improper contact is established, either the grievance committee,
a member of the grievance committee, or the grievant may submit a motion
for sanction to the Chapter Council. The grievance representative in
question shall cease processing grievances during the period in which
the allegation is investigated (see Article VI).
Section 3. The Membership
Committee shall endeavor to increase the Chapter membership by membership
activities. The Chair should appoint members from each of the colleges
and the library, so the Chapter has ongoing organizing efforts in each
Section 4. The Communications
Committee shall publish a regular newsletter, with editions being put
out at a minimum of twice per school year, and such other publications
as directed by the President and/or the Chapter Council. The President
shall serve as the Editor, unless he or she delegates this role to someone
else. Every effort should be made to represent the various views of
Section 5. The Nomination
and Election Committee shall solicit nominations from the entire membership
and give every dues paying member an equal chance to cast an anonymous
vote for the elected positions. There should be an open nominations
period of at least two weeks during the Spring term. After the nominations
are closed, there should be a campaign period of at least one week before
the voting process takes place. All of the candidates are entitled to
be informed of the names of all the nominees at the end of the nomination
period. Each nominee is also entitled to a copy of the membership list
before the campaign period begins. The members who will be deemed qualified
to vote must have submitted a signed membership form to the central
office and appear on the salary deduction list, or have paid dues in
cash prior to the campaign period. The election should normally take
place in the month of March. The nominations and elections committee
should check to make sure the election is completed in time for the
President-elect to make the course release decision(s) for the Summer
and have properly elected representatives for the Spring Senate meeting.
The new slate of officers will officially take over at the end of the
Spring term. It is a conflict of interest for any member of the nominations
and elections committee to run for office in the upcoming year. If one
or more of the members wants to run for office, the person or persons
in question should resign from this committee before the nomination
period has closed.
Section 1. All meetings
of the Chapter, the Chapter Council, and committees are open to the
membership, except when personnel matters and/or grievances are being
Section 2. There
should be a meeting of the membership during each Fall and Spring term,
and the Chapter Council should meet roughly every two months during
the regular school year. The time and place of the meetings shall be
determined by the President. Normally people should be given at least
one week notice before a meeting. An agenda should be distributed with
the meeting call. Membership meetings can make Chapter policy on any
issue whatsoever, and their decisions are binding on the Chapter Council
and the Chapter as a whole. Notice of all major changes and new programs
should be sent at least two weeks before the meeting where they will
be discussed and voted upon.
Section 3. A special
meeting of the membership shall be called by the President within two
weeks of him/her receiving of a petition from at least 10% of the members.
A special meeting of the Chapter Council shall be called by the President
within two weeks of him/her receiving a request for such from a majority
of the Chapter Council.
and Due Process
Section 1. Any member
or officer may be sanctioned for improper conduct by a two-thirds vote
of the Chapter Council. A motion for sanction can be put forth by any
member of the Chapter Council or a Committee in a Chapter Council meeting,
or any member in a Membership Meeting. When such a motion is put forth,
the President should table the motion indefinitely and appoint an investigation
committee as described in Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised. The
charge(s) shall be put in writing and signed by the member making the
allegation. The charge should include specifics, such as the names,
dates and behaviors in question. The investigation committee will interview
the appropriate witnesses and collect the relevant evidence. The investigation
committee will then issue a finding of fact to the Chapter Council.
A trial may be conducted as described in Robert's Rules of Order, Newly
Revised. The range of possible sanctions includes reprimands, censure,
fines and expulsion.
Section 2. The expectations
for members' conduct in a meeting are covered in Robert's Rules of Order,
Newly Revised. Improper conduct also includes, (A) violating the Chapter
Constitution or Bylaws, (B) misappropriation, embezzlement or improper
or illegal use of union funds, (C) violating Federal and state labor
laws, (D) accepting union election campaign funds from administrators
(representatives of the employer), and (E) colluding with the employer
to the detriment of one's union brothers and sisters to the extent not
required by law, (F) obtaining membership through fraud or misrepresentation,
(G) deliberately interfering with any official of our union in the discharge
of such official's lawful responsibilities, (H) the solicitation or
acceptance of a bribe of any gift of more than nominal value from the
employer, member, group of members, or employee of the union, and.(I)
conviction of a crime, the nature of which is such as to bring the union
as an organization into disrepute.
Section 3. A decision
of the Chapter Council to impose a sanction can be appealed in a meeting
of the membership. The decision of the Chapter Council will be in force
until it is overturned. The member in question, or a member representative
designated by him/her, will be permitted to present his/her side. A
member of the Chapter Council appointed by the President will present
the majority view of the Council. The procedures outlined in Robert's
Rules of Order, Newly Revised will once again be applied. The members
may overturn the sanction by a two-thirds vote of those present.
Section 4. Should
the President be accused of improper conduct, the Vice President should
administer the procedures outlined above. Should both the President
and the Vice President be accused, the Secretary should administer the
procedures, and so on down the chain of command described elsewhere
in these Bylaws. If the Chapter is unable or unwilling to follow these
procedures, a complaint may be filed with the state UFF President.
In the event that
any provision of these Bylaws is found to be invalid or unenforceable
by final decision of a tribunal of competent jurisdiction, or is rendered
invalid by reason of subsequent enacted legislation of or change in
the state UFF Bylaws, then that provision shall be of no force, but
the remainder of the Bylaws shall continue in full force and effect.
Section 1. The proposed
amendment shall be distributed to the membership at least two weeks
prior to a vote. A Bylaw amendment shall be adopted by a majority vote.
Section 2. A member
who wishes to propose an amendment to these Bylaws should give a copy
of the text to a member of the Chapter Council for distribution to the
membership and placement on the meeting agenda.
Approved at a Meeting
of the Membership on November 13, 2000.