The United Association for Labor Education Constitution
Article I - Name
The name of this organization shall be The United Association for Labor Education.
Article II - Purpose
The United Association for Labor Education combines the historical, principled spirit of Worker's Education Local 189 and the University and College Labor Education Association. The purpose of the Association shall be:
- To promote and encourage the development of labor and worker education, to make labor education accessible to all working people, and to promote collective bargaining and the right to organize.
- To bring labor educators together for mutual aid and benefit, to promote their professional development, and to advance their economic and social well-being.
- To advocate for the development and support of labor education programs in higher education and the labor movement.
- To promote professional standards for the field of labor education and labor studies.
- To promote and publish relevant research.
- To promote and facilitate cooperation among unions, union education departments, university and college-based labor centers and programs, and community-based labor education programs.
- To advance affirmative action for women and people of color and other under-represented groups within the field of labor education.
Article III - Membership
Membership in this Association shall be open to all persons engaged in or preparing to engage in labor education regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religious or political beliefs. Labor education is defined as education to advance the collective needs and interests of working people.
- University and college-based labor centers and programs, unions and other organizations engaged in labor education are eligible for institutional membership.
- The Executive Board shall determine eligibility for membership in accordance with this Constitution.
- A member in good standing is one who is not more than three (3) months in arrears of payment of dues. A member in good standing shall not forfeit membership by reason of retirement or loss of position.
- A member who wishes to withdraw must notify the Treasurer.
Article IV - Union Affiliation
Associate membership in the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, shall be available to any members of the Association who so desire. Such members shall so indicate on their membership form.
Article V - Dues
A. Annual dues for members of the Association shall be:
$35 for students/retirees/those with yearly incomes less than $18,000
$75: $18,000 - $35,999
$100: $36,000 - $53,999
$125: $54,000 - $74,999
$150: $75,000 - up
$200: Sustaining members
B. Annual dues for institutional members with an educational operating budget of less than one million dollars ($1,000.000) are $500.00. Annual dues for institutional members with an educational operating budget of one million dollars ($1,000.000) or more are $1000.00 Institutional members will be listed in the annual directory.
C. Dues can be changed by a majority vote of the membership.
Article VI - Officers
A. The Officers of the Association shall be a President, two Vice Presidents, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
B. Duties of the officers:
- The President shall administer all of the affairs of the Association and execute the policies of the Association as determined by the membership and the Executive Board. The President shall preside at regular and special meetings of the Association, shall convene and chair meetings of the Executive Board, and shall perform any other duties as the Executive Board or the membership meeting shall direct.
- The Vice Presidents shall attend all meetings of the Executive Board and shall perform such other duties as the Executive Board or the membership meeting shall direct. The Vice Presidents shall chair the Annual Conference Planning Committee and have responsibility for planning and convening the annual conference. Among the two Vice-Presidents, one shall be union-based and one shall be university-based. In the event that the office of President becomes vacant before the end of the term, one of the Vice President shall serve as Acting President for the duration of the term. If the President is union-based, the university-based Vice President shall act as President. If the President is university-based, the union-based Vice President shall act as President.
- The Secretary shall be responsible for taking and publishing minutes of all official meetings of the Association and the Executive Board, for publishing all official notices regarding meetings, elections and other such activities of the Association, and shall perform such other duties as are normally assigned to a Secretary, or as are assigned by the Executive Board.
- The Treasurer shall maintain the financial accounts of the organization, collect fees and dues, make disbursements and purchases approved by the Executive Board, provide an annual financial report, provide an annually updated membership list to the Executive Board, and perform such other duties as are normally assigned to a Treasurer or as are assigned by the Executive Board.
- The officers may hire staff required to accomplish the goals of the Association.
Article VII - Executive Board
A. The Executive Board of the Association shall consist of the officers, one (1) representative from, and elected by, each of the regions as described in Article IX, and six (6) members elected at-large. Among the at-large members, there must be at least one of each of the following:
1) a director from a university or college labor center;
2) a director from a union labor education department, and
3) a community based labor educator.
B. The Executive Board shall establish policy and govern the affairs of the Association between meetings. The Executive Board shall function as a steering committee of the Association.
Article VIII - Voting and Elections
A. Only individual members in good standing will be eligible to vote.
B. The term of office for all officers and members of the Executive Board of the Association shall be two (2) years.
C. Officers and at-large members of the Executive Board shall be elected at-large at the appropriate annual meeting from among the members in good standing of the Association.
D. One year prior to at-large elections, the Executive Board shall appoint a nominating committee consisting of four members in good standing of the Association, none of whom shall be an Executive Board member. This committee shall solicit and present nominees for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer at the appropriate annual meeting. No person shall be a candidate for office while serving on the nominating committee. Every effort will be made to ensure diversity in these nominations. Nothing above shall prohibit nominations from the floor for each of the above listed offices.
E. No individual may hold the same office or Executive Board position for more than two successive terms.
F. In the event of a vacancy in any office or Executive Board position other than that of President, the Executive Board shall fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term.
G. A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the Vice President, in accordance with with Article VI.
Article IX - Regions
A. The Association shall establish four (4) regions that correspond with the AFL-CIO's regional structure. The Executive Board of the Association is empowered to change the geographic boundaries of the regions.
B. The responsibilities of the regions shall be:
- To meet at least once a year at the annual meeting or as needed.
- To elect a Regional Representative to the Executive Board of the Association.
- To carry out, within their individual jurisdictions, the purposes of the Association as stated in Article II of this Constitution, and to encourage collaboration among labor educators and labor organizations within the region.
C. Regions have no authority to make policy for the Association, nor to speak on behalf of the Association except insofar as they enunciate policies already decided upon by the Association as a whole.
Article X - Committees and Other Bodies
A. The Executive Board shall appoint all Standing Committees and their Chairpersons from members in good standing. The Association shall have the following Standing Committees:
- The Academic Standards Committee shall promote worker's education within universities and colleges, assist the exchange of information among academics, and develop criteria for the review of academic programs.
- The Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall review and make recommendations concerning any amendments and by-laws deemed necessary.
- The Professional Welfare Committee shall promote the welfare of labor educators, including taking an annual survey of the salary, benefits and working conditions of the members in the field of labor education and providing relevant reports at the annual meetings.
- The Annual Conference Planning Committee shall work under the direction of the Vice President to plan and convene the annual conference.
- The Institutional Membership Committee shall review applications for membership in accordance with criteria set by this Constitution and the Executive Board.
Meetings of the committees shall normally be open to members of the Association to attend, with a voice but no vote.
B. The following Caucuses shall be established by the Executive Board. Membership is open to any member in good standing of the Association.
- The Women Worker's Caucus shall seek to advance the interests and status of women workers within their unions and at work and the concept of affirmative action both through programs and within the field.
- The Workers of Color Caucus shall seek to advance the interests and status of workers of color within their unions and at work and the concept of affirmative action both through programs and within the field.
- The Union Caucus shall carry on such business as relates to the affiliation of Association members with the Communications Workers of America.
C. The Executive Board may appoint additional ad hoc committees, task forces and other bodies from time to time as needed. Task forces may be created by the Executive Board to examine developing issues or program areas in worker's education. They shall be composed of interested members and a listing of their names shall be provided to the Secretary at least annually. Task force and ad hoc committee chairpersons shall be appointed by the Executive Board.
D. All committees, task forces, caucuses and other bodies will be expected to give a short oral report at the annual meeting and a written version shall be provided to the Secretary within thirty (30) days.
Article XI - Publications
A. The Association shall publish a refereed journal in the field.
B. The Executive Board shall appoint an Editor and Editorial Board to set editorial policy of the journal.
C. The Executive Board shall appoint individuals to publish a newsletter, regular information packet, or any other publications that may be required to accomplish the goals of the Association.
Article XII - Meetings
A. There shall be at least one annual conference and membership meeting of the Association, to be held in the Spring. The convened annual meeting shall be the ultimate governing authority of the Association, and all Board policies and actions may be subject to review by the membership and voted upon.
B. Dates and places for each annual meeting shall be established as soon as practicable by the Executive Board after the preceding year's annual meeting.
C. There shall be at least two annual meetings of the Executive Board of the Association, one to be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association, and the other to be held in the Fall.
D. Meetings of the Executive Board shall normally be open to all members in good standing of the Association. Members of the Association who are not Executive Board members shall have a voice but no vote in these meetings. The Executive Board may, upon the request of one of its members, go into executive session to discuss issues involving the confidentiality rights of any individual or other matters not appropriate to public session.
E. All meetings shall be conducted by Robert's Rules of Order (Newly Revised), unless otherwise specified by the Association.
F. Prior to submission to the general membership for approval, requests for expenditures from the UALE budget must be submitted to the Executive Board for recommendation 15 days prior to the annual meeting.
Article XIII - Amendments
A. The membership shall be advised by the Secretary ninety (90) days in advance of the annual meeting that proposed amendments to the Constitution must be made in writing to the President and submitted at least sixty (60) days prior to the start of the annual membership meeting. Any member of the Association in good standing, or any committee, task force, caucus, or subsidiary body of the Association may submit such amendments.
B. Proposals for amendments shall be referred to the Constitution and By-laws Committee for review prior to consideration at the annual membership meeting, and those which meet the timeliness requirement of this Article will be mailed by the Committee to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.
C. At the annual meeting, the chairperson of the Committee will report to the members on all proposals filed in a timely manner, as defined herein. The Committee's report shall consist of a recommendation to the members for either concurrence or nonconcurrence with the submitted proposals, as well as any committee minority reports.
D. Voting on proposed amendments may be held either at the annual meeting, when it will be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order (Newly Revised), or by mail ballot sent to all members in good standing of the Association.
E. Amendments shall be submitted to a mail ballot at the request of either a simple majority at the annual meeting, a simple majority of the Executive Board, or by virtue of a petition signed by at least ten percent (10%) of the members in good standing in each region.
F. Amendments shall require sixty percent (60%) of the votes cast.
Article XIV - Bylaws
All proposed by-laws and amendments to the by-laws shall be submitted in writing to the Constitution and By-laws Committee at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual membership meeting. The Committee shall review the proposed by-laws or amendments and shall report them to the membership at the annual meeting along with a recommendation for either concurrence or non-concurrence. By-laws and amendments to the by-laws shall be adopted by a simple majority vote at the annual meeting.
Article XV - Dissolution
In the event that The United Association for Labor Education ceases to exist according to the purposes and procedures set forth above in this Constitution, any and all financial assets shall be donated, upon final dissolution, to another organization with similar objectives. The recipient is to be determined by a vote of the Executive Board.