FACULTY ASSOCIATION at the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
ARTICLE 1. NAME
The organization referred to as “Association” I these By-Laws is the Faculty Association at the University of California, Los Angeles.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSES AND FUNCTIONS
Section 1. The Faculty Association shall have as its general purposes:
(a) to preserve the professional and scholarly values held by the faculty;
(b) to protect and strengthen the privileges and responsibilities traditionally reserved to the faculty;
(c) to provide the effective participation in the governance of the university; and
(d) to maintain and improve the economic status and welfare of the faculty.
Section 2. The principal functions of the Association are:
(a) to represent faculty interests by consulting with all appropriate agencies whose decisions affect the faculty and, in turn, to inform the faculty of all issues before such agencies. These include the legislative, executive, and administrative agencies of the State of California, the California Post Secondary Education Commission, the Board of Regents, and the University-wide and campus administrations.
(b) to encourage the development of, and to cooperate with, parallel or similar organizations on other campuses of the University of California.
(c) o prepare for the eventuality of collective bargaining.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in the Association is open to all members of the Academic Senate, Los Angeles Division. Members who are administrative officers may not hold office.
Section 2. The criteria for membership may be altered only on approval, in a mail ballot of the membership, by an absolute majority of the membership, or, if less than 75% of the membership cast valid ballots, by two thirds of those casting valid ballots. The Executive Board shall make its views on the proposed alteration of membership criteria known to the membership at the time of mailing ballots.
ARTICLE IV. RELATION TO THE LOS ANGELES DIVISION
While recognizing and supporting the Senate as the governing body of the faculty, the Association shall carry out its functions independent of the activities of the Los Angeles Division and its committees, and shall not utilize the resources or facilities of the Division.
ARTICLE V, EXECUTIVE BOARD AND OFFICERS
Section 1. There shall be an Executive Board consisting of thirteen persons, of whom eleven shall be elected by the membership, one (the Treasurer) appointed by the Board, and one chosen annually by the Emeriti Association from among the emeriti members of the Faculty Association.
Section 2. The officers of the Association shall be a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The officers, except for the Treasurer, shall be selected by the Executive Board from within its own ranks, following each election of Board members, and shall serve until successors are selected. The Treasurer shall be appointed annually by the Board from within the membership of the Association. Officers may be removed by vote of seven members of the Board at a meeting of the Board called for that purpose.
Section 3. The term of Board members shall be two years, beginning October 1st and ending September 30th. For the Board elected in April, 1975, the term of six members shall be until September 30, 1976 and of five members until September 30, 1977.
Section 4. Vacancies on the Executive Board shall be filled by action of the Executive Board; the term of such appointments to the Board shall expire when the position has been filled by the next election.
Section 5. Elections for the Board shall be by mail vote of the members in good standing as of April 1st. Ballots shall be mailed no later than May 5th.
Section 6. There shall be a nominating committee, whose purpose it shall be to nominate candidates for elections to the Board. The committee shall consist of Three Association members in good standing as of the date of appointment (no later than April 1st0. The Executive Board shall make the appointments. No member of the Board may be appointed to the Nominating Committee.
Section 7. No later than April 10th, the Nominating Committee shall propose at least one, and not more than two, candidates for each Board position to be filled at that election. No later than April 13th, the Board will distribute by mail to the members the names of the persons nominated by the Nominating Committee; such notice also will indicate that further nominations may be made on petition of 25 members in good standing as of April 1st. Such petitions shall be delivered to the Secretary of the Association no later than April 27th. The names of all candidates nominated by the Nominating committee and by petition shall be placed on the ballot, with a designation of the method by which each was nominated.
Section 8. Only association members in good st6anding as of April 1st shall be eligible to be candidates for the Board.
Section 9. Each voter may vote for as many candidates as there are positions to be filled, and the winning candidates shall be those receiving the highest number of votes. In the event of a tie vote, there shall be a runoff.
Section 10. The Board shall appoint a committee to be responsible for the conduct of the election and the counting of the vote. No member of the Board may be appointed to the committee. The Board shall announce the results of the election within seven days of the close of the ballot period.
ARTICLE VI. DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE BOARD AND OFFICERS
Section 1. The Executive Board shall act as the governing body of the Association between Association meetings. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for conduct of its business.
Section 2. The Chairman shall preside over meetings of the Association and of the Executive Board, shall issue the call for such meetings, and shall supervise the administration of the Association’s programs.
Section 3. The Vice Chairman shall assist the Chairman in the supervision of the general program of the Association and shall act in the Chairman’s stead at all Association and Board Meetings which the Chairman is unable to attend.
Section 4. The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the records of the Association, for preparing a record of the minutes of all regular and special meetings of the Association and all meetings of the Executive Board and for issuing notice of the call to regular and special meetings of the Association when instructed to do so by the Chairman.
Section 5. The Treasurer shall serve as the custodian of Association funds and shall be responsible for keeping these funds in a suitable depository, for keeping the Association’s financial statement up to date at all times and for making it available to the Association upon request, and for maintaining and keeping current a list of the membership in good standing, which list shall be available for inspection at any Association meeting. The Treasurer shall prepare a financial report for distribution to the membership at least once a year. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the disbursing of funds of the Association as authorized by the Executive Board.
Section 6. Members of the Board shall perform such other functions as the Board may determine. The Association or the Board may establish such committees as circumstances require.
Section 7. The Board shall employ such staff as is necessary for the effective functioning of the Association. The staff will operate under the direction of the Executive Board.
Section 8. The Chairman shall issue a call for a meeting of the Executive Board upon request of three members of the Board.
ARTICLE VII. DUES AND ASSESSMENTS.
Section 1. The dues shall be graduated by faculty rank and paid on a twelve-month basis, by dues deduction or annual payment. Members of the AAUP may apply 20% of their monthly dues toward their AAUP dues. Annual dues will be established for Emeriti. The Board shall develop a comparable and equitable dues structure to cover persons holding other titles, members on leave, and other special categories.
Section 2. The Board shall establish the amount of the dues by a majority vote.
Section 3. Paid-up membership shall be a prerequisite for Association membership in good standing.
Section 4. Special assessments may be levied only upon recommendation of the Executive Board and ratification of the membership at a meeting of the Association, provided that the provisions of Article VIII, Section 3, are met and that the proposal is specifically announced in the call for the meeting at which ratification is proposed.
ARTICLE VIII. MEETINGS
Section 1. The Association shall schedule at least one regular meeting per academic year
Section 2. The Chairman shall call a special meeting of the Association within two weeks when requested to do so by a majority of the Executive Board or on petition signed by ten per cent of the Association members in good standing.
Section 3. The quorum for any Association meeting shall be 25 Association members in good standing or five per cent of the membership, whichever is higher. Any action taken at a membership meeting shall be submitted for approval by the membership by mail ballot upon request of one-third of the members in attendance at that meeting or of a majority of the Executive Board.
Section 4. The Secretary shall issue a notice of any regular or special meeting of the Association at least seven days prior to the meeting date, unless the Executive Board shall determine that circumstances require shorter notice.
ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENT
Except as provided in Article III, Section 2, these by-laws may be amended by a majority of the membership responding to a mail ballot.