Any person having joined this Local during the months of July and August, 1966, is considered a charter member.
Elected and appointed officials who have demonstrated a significant degree of support for public employees in general and AFSCME Local 1684 in specific, may be made honorary members of this Local.
Section 1.2.1 – This designation shall result only from a vote of the Executive Board and ratification by a majority vote of the General Membership at the next regular scheduled membership meeting. Honorary members shall be non-voting and otherwise non-participating members of this Local. Certificates of recognition shall be issued pursuant to this section.
The standing committees of the Local shall be as follows:
2.1.1. – Organizing: Recognizing that both internal and external orgainizing is of primary importance to the local, this committee shall seek to expand the number of members and bargaining units, and to retain current members. This committee shall also be responsible for public relations efforts aimed at educating elected officials and the public on the issues of concern to the local.
2.1.2. – PEOPLE Committee: The PEOPLE (Public Employees Organized to Promote Legislative Equality) committee shall consist of the Local President, who shall serve as chairperson, the Local Secretary-Treasurer, and three (3) members appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Board.
18.104.22.168 – The PEOPLE Committee shall be authorized to make policy decisions on matters of State and Federal legislation and local government issues, subject to the approval of the Local Executive Board.
22.214.171.124. – The PEOPLE Committee shall work with the appropriate headquarters and field staff to coordinate efforts on legislation and on meeting minimum standards for collective bargaining laws in California.
126.96.36.199. – The PEOPLE Committee shall, within the limitations of funds made available by the Local Union, assist in promoting collective bargaining legislation and other State and Federal legislative and local government policy decisions which are consistent with objectives of the Local.
188.8.131.52. In addition, the PEOPLE Committee shall have authority to solicit and accept voluntary financial contributions from Local members to be used in such manner as the Committee considers appropriate for the achievement of the legislative goals of the Local.
2.1.3. – Benefits: This committee shall be charged with seeking, analyzing and presenting new and improved benefits to the Executive Board on a semi-annual basis. it shall be responsible for the dissemination of all data regarding benefits to the membership, including those approaching retirement. Individual consultation services shall be provided to fully educate the Local as to what benefits (county and Union) they are entitled to, and how/when to use them.
2.1.4. – Personnel: The purpose of this committee shall be to make recommendations to the Executive Board germane to any and all administrative aspects of personnel as they relate to employees of this Local, including but not limited to performance evaluations, personnel costs, hiring, disciplinary actions and office operations (methods, means, materials and facilities). It shall be composed of the current President of the Local, the Second Vice-President of the Local, one member of the Executive Board and several members at large. In appointing this committee the President shall seek to ensure representation on the committee of each of the bargaining units of this local, and shall further seek to ensure gender balance on this committee.
The membership of such committees shall be appointed by the President and shall be approved by the Executive Board and shall serve at the pleasure of the latter. They shall serve without salary.
2.2.1. Prior authorization shall be obtained from the Executive Board for expenditures. Emergency expenditures shall be paid by the Executive Board upon presentation of properly documented claims, subject to the approval of the Board using the criteria of appropriateness and necessity.
The Chairperson of each committee established pursuant to these Bylaws shall be responsible for the scheduling of meetings, the preparation of an agenda and the documentation of all the proceedings/activities of that committee. They shall report in person or in writing at each regularly scheduled general membership meeting.
2.4.1. Negotiating team: The President shall serve as the person of the negotiating team. In addition to the Business Manager the team shall be selected as follows:
184.108.40.206. At the General Membership meeting nine (9) months prior to the expiration of the contract names shall be received from the floor for consideration by the Executive Board and the President for inclusion on the negotiating committee, including alternates.
220.127.116.11. The Executive Board shall screen all candidates and the President, with the advice and consent of the Executive Board, shall select a committee (always an odd number, including the President and Business Manager), for final presentation to the membership at the following General Membership meeting.
18.104.22.168. The recommended committee shall be official, provided they are approved by a majority vote at the aforementioned meeting.
22.214.171.124. Modification of the recommended team shall be admissible at that meeting, again subject to a majority vote.
126.96.36.199. In the event that no agreement can be reached at that meeting on the number and composition of the negotiating team, the President shall have the vested authority to appoint an official committee and conduct negotiations forthwith.
Other working committees may be established from to time as required. The members shall be appointed by the President at a general membership or Executive Board meeting and approved by the Executive Board.
This local shall be affiliated with AFSCME District Council 57, and may be affiliated with other bodies as deemed appropriate by the Executive Board and approved by the membership. Standing delegates to such organizations shall be the President, First Vice-President, and the Business Manager. All other delegates shall be elected by the Executive Board and/or the membership. The President and First Vice-President, with approval of the Executive Board, may appoint alternate delegates.
4.1.1. The procedure for all regular meetings of this Local and its Executive Board shall be as set forth in Robert’s Rules of order, except as otherwise provided by the Local Constitution or action of the Executive Board. The order of business shall be as follows:
- Pledge of Allegiance.
- Reading of the minutes of the previous regular meeting and subsequent special meetings, including Executive Board.
- Reports of officers (as necessary).
- Reports of established committees.
- Department reports. (stewards)
- Special orders.
- Unfinished business.
- New business.
- For the good and welfare of the Local.
- Adjournment (motion must be made, seconded and voted upon).
4.1.2. Conduct at Meetings: All members shall act with courtesy, restraint and decorum at all meetings, recognizing the rights of others to form and express their own opinions. Neither any intoxicants nor intoxicated persons shall be allowed at any Local 1684 meeting.
4.2.1. All Executive Board meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the Local Constitution, and are open to all members except for the purpose of voting.
4.2.2. In matters concerning personnel and/or potential litigation, the Board may go into Executive Session. During Executive sessions minutes will be taken and approved and then sealed and kept on file at the Local Office.
The Bylaws of this Local may be changed only by a vote of the majority of those present voting at a regular or special membership meeting, provided there is a quorum. One month’s advance notice shall have been given in writing to the member ship prior to the meeting where such amendment is voted upon.
Procedure for voting on Memorandum of Understanding
A general membership meeting shall be held no earlier than four working days after making the proposed M.O.U. available to each shop steward.
During this meeting the bargaining team will present its recommendations to the membership and questions from the membership will be answered. The balance of the meeting will consist of debate on the merits of the proposed contract.
Ballots received more than five days after the deadline for voting as outlined on the ballot instructions will be considered void. Balloting will be conducted by mail in such a way as to guarantee the anonymity of the voter.
Changes in the voting rules must be proposed and approved by a majority vote at a general membership meeting and adopted without change at the next general membership meeting.
It shall be the goal of this local to seek to treat its employees, at a minimum, in the same manner as the membership’s employer treats the membership, in all aspects of employer -employee relations.
Marilee Jamieson, president