Bellevue Education Association
ARTICLE I—NAME AND INCORPORATION
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Bellevue Education Association, hereafter referred to as the Association.
Section 2. The Association shall be incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Washington.
The purpose of the Association shall be to represent all members in bargaining, grievances, and in all matters relating to terms and conditions of employment with the Bellevue School District 405.
The Association shall affiliate with the Washington Education Association and the National Education Association.
Section 1. All non-supervisory certificated employees of the Bellevue School District who meet the active membership requirements of the Washington Education Association and National Education Association may, upon payment of dues as herein provided, become active members of this Association with full rights and privileges of membership.
Section 2. Active members of this Association shall also be members of the Washington Education Association and the National Education Association
Section 3. Except for nonpayment of dues and assessments, no member shall be fined, censured, suspended, expelled, or otherwise disciplined, except as provided in the WEA Constitution and Bylaws.
Section 4. All members of the Association shall have equal rights and privileges within the Association which include:
to nominate candidates,
to vote in elections or on referenda of this Association,
to hold office,
to participate in the deliberations of the organization and to vote on contract ratification, and
to attend all Association meetings except as specified in this Constitution and Bylaws.
Section 5. Unless otherwise expressly provided by law, persons who tender agency shop fees shall have no rights or privileges within this Association.
ARTICLE V—DUES, FEES, AND ASSESSMENTS
Section 1. Association members and agency shop fee payers shall pay dues/fees as established in the Bylaws. The dues/fees shall be payable through monthly payroll deductions.
Section 2. The Association may levy special assessments on its membership as provided in the Bylaws.
The special assessment must first be approved by a majority vote of the members of the Representative Council. The special assessment must thereafter be presented for a vote of the general membership and be approved by a two-thirds majority of the members who vote in such election. Assessments will be collected in the same manner as are the dues.
Section 1. The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Section 2. Nominations from the floor shall be called for and received at the March Representative Council meeting. Nominations of officers shall be closed at the April meeting of the Representative Council following notice to all members and an open period for nominations. Specific requirements concerning this notice and this open period shall be contained in the Bylaws. Elections occur in May and will begin not less than ten (10) days following the close of nominations.
Section 3. The term of office for officers shall be two (2) years, beginning July 10, 2004. Terms of officers shall be limited to three (3) consecutive two-year terms or a total of no more than seven (7) consecutive years in any one officer position. Officers shall be elected in even years.
Section 4. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice President shall become President for the balance of the term. All other vacancies shall be filled as described in the Internal Procedures.
Section 5. The duties of officers shall be as provided in the Bylaws.
Section 6. An elected officer may be removed from office for cause by a recall election which may be initiated through a petition signed by 10 percent of the membership. A general membership meeting will be scheduled prior to the recall election within thirty (30) days after receipt of the recall petition. Following the general membership meeting, the recall election shall be by secret ballot of the membership. The Executive Board shall notify in writing any officer who has been recommended for recall.
ARTICLE VII—REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
Section 1. The Representative Council shall be the legislative and policy making body of the Association.
Section 2. The Representative Council shall consist of the Executive Board and one or more representatives from each staff work site and department as specified in the Bylaws.
Section 3. Members each work site shall elect for a term of one (1) year two (2) Representative Council members. Schools may elect a third rep with 60 members, a fourth rep with 80 members, a fifth rep with 100 members, etc. There shall be at least one member per work site.
Section 4. One at-large member of rep council shall be elected for a term of one (1) year from each of the following constituency groups for a total of nine (9) at-large positions:
psychologists and social workers
curriculum, TASS and technology
ESL, Title I and gifted
Section 5. Terms will begin on the first Representative Council meeting in September. Any vacancy will be filled by election in the building for the remainder of the term.
Section 6. Members of the Representative Council shall be elected as set forth in the Bylaws. Section 7. The specific duties of the Representative Council shall be provided in the Bylaws.
Section 8. Efforts will be made to have the composition of the Representative Council reflect the ethnic diversity of the Association membership.
Section 9. Each member of the Representative Council shall attend regular meetings of the Representative Council or provide a substitute unless he/she receives a prior excuse from the President. After two (2) unexcused absences of a representative, the President may declare the seat unfilled and call for an election to fill out the term.
Section 10. A recall election shall be held after the receipt of a petition bearing the signatures of at least 50 percent of the representative’s local constituency. The recall election will then be held within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the petition.
Section 11. Any member of the Association who is not a member of the Representative Council may attend its meetings, may receive permission to speak, but will not have voting privileges.
ARTICLE VIII—EXECUTIVE BOARD
Section 1. The Executive Board shall be comprised of the officers and the At-Large Representatives.
Section 2. At-large members of the Executive Board shall be elected by the membership for a term of two (2) years from each of the following constituency groups for a total of seven (7) at-large positions:
Two representing elementary
One representing middle school
One representing high school
One representing student services, including teachers of special education; gifted, ESL and Title I students
One representing student services, including elementary and secondary counselors, OT/PT/SLP, psychologists, nurses, and social workers
One representing specialists, including art, music, and physical education; librarians; CTE; curriculum and technology department
Section 3. The Executive Board shall be the body through which the general administrative and executive functions of the Association shall be carried out.
Section 4. At-large representatives shall be elected as set forth in the Bylaws.
Section 5. The specific duties of the representatives serving on the Executive Board shall be provided in the Bylaws. Section 6. Executive Board representatives may be recalled in the same manner as is outlined above in Article VI,
Section 7. The Bylaws will support efforts to have the composition of the Executive Board reflect the ethnic diversity of the Association membership.
Section 8. Except for the office of the President, vacancies on the Executive Board shall be filled by special election unless the Executive Board in its discretion determines that the balance of the incumbent’s term is so short as not to warrant an election.
ARTICLE IX - SAMMAMISH UNISERV COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The President shall be designated to serve on the Sammamish UniServ Council Board of Directors.
Section 2. Additional Sammamish UniServ Council Board of Director positions shall be elected by the membership in the spring of odd years according to the timeline set forth in the Bylaws.
Section 3. Candidates for the position of Sammamish UniServ Council Board of Directors must have Rep Council, Exec Board or other BEA Leadership Experience.
Section 4. Each term of office shall be for two (2) year(s). Vacancies on the Board of Directors shall be filled by recommendation from the President of the Association and the Executive Board shall consider and approve, change, or disapprove all such recommendations.
Section 5. UniServ representatives may be recalled in the same manner as is outlined above in Article VI, Section 6.
ARTICLE X—POLICY AUTHORITY
A majority vote of the membership present and voting at any duly authorized meeting or at a meeting of the Representative Council shall determine the policies and actions of the Association except as otherwise provided in the Constitution and Bylaws.
ARTICLE XI—PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The current edition of Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure governs this organization in all parliamentary situations that are not provided for in the law or in its charter, Constitution, Bylaws or adopted rules.
Proposals to amend this Constitution may be made by the Executive Board or by petition of 25 percent of the membership. This Constitution shall be amended by a two-thirds secret ballot vote of the members voting. Notice of this election and the proposed amendment(s) shall have been delivered to the membership at least twenty (20) days in advance. Voting, at the discretion of the Executive Board, may be part of a general membership or special meeting, or through other established election procedures. Amendments shall become effective immediately unless otherwise provided.