Constitution / Bylaws

For purposes deemed wise and good, we, the faculty of the West Valley-Mission Community College District herewith form the Association of College Educators (ACE) of the West Valley- Mission Community College District, an organization whose goal is to represent fairly and equally all faculty in the West Valley- Mission Community College District in matters pertaining to employment and professional relations, pursuant to California State Law and our own sense of professional responsibility.

Article 4 ELECTION OF OFFICERS

4.1

Elections shall be conducted in accordance with the AFT Constitution, this Constitution and the standards set out by the Federal Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA).

4.2 Officer List

Officers shall be elected in April of odd years. Terms of office shall be two years. The WVMFT, AFT 6554 will elect the following officers (either district wide or as indicated, herein referenced as the Executive Board):
 

  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. Representative for West Valley College Full Time Facutly elected from and by same
  6. Representative for West Valley College Associate (Part Time) Facutly elected from and by same
  7. Representative for Mission College Full Time Facutly elected from and by same
  8. Representative for Mission College Associate (Part Time) Facutly elected from and by same

4.3 Eiligibility

Eligibility for Office

  1. To be eligible for office a person must be a member in good standing of the WVMFT, AFT 6554 for a period of six months immediately prior to the date of the election.
  2. To be eligible for office as a Representative, a person must meet all other qualifications for office under this Article and must be employed in the constituency area for which he or she is seeking office as Representative.
  3. A member may hold only one elected office at a time.  In any election, a member may run for only one office.

4.4 Elections Committee

The Elections Committee shall conduct all general and special elections and referenda of the WVMFT, AFT 6554.

  1. The Elections Committee shall consist of a minimum of two (2) members in good standing from West Valley College and two (2) members in good standing from Mission College who are not Stewards or other officers of the local union, selected by the Steward Council at its first meeting of the year.
  2. Any member of the Elections Committee nominated for or seeking office must vacate their position on the Elections Committee and be replaced by a member nominated and approved by the Steward Council.

4.5 Nominations

Nominations

  1. No more than sixty-five (65) and no fewer than sixty (60) days prior to the date of the election, the Elections Committee shall notify all members of the opening of nominations for officers, the offices to be filled and of the date of the election by the first class U.S. Mail to the members’ last known home address. Alternatively, and as approved by the Executive Board and Steward Council, the Elections Committee may conduct the notification of nominations via electronic mail.
  2. To be nominated for all offices other than Representative, a candidate must submit to the Elections Committee a petition containing the signatures of twenty-five (25) members. Said petitions must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days following the notice of the opening of nominations.
  3. To be nominated as a candidate for the office of Representative, a candidate must submit to the Elections Committee a petition containing the signatures of ten (10) members of the constituency area. Said petitions must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days following the notice of the opening of nominations.
  4. Members nominated to run for office must affirmatively accept their nomination.
  5. The Elections Committee shall determine whether the nominations were timely and if the nominees are eligible for the office.

4.6 Election Notification

At least fifteen (15) days prior to the election, the Elections Committee shal notify all members of the election date and the candidates for offices.

4.7 Ballots

The Elections Committee shall prepare and send ballots by U.S. Mail to all members in good standing, in such manner as to ensure the secrecy of the ballots, no later than ten (10) days following the close of nominations. The period between the mailing and return date for the ballots shall be no fewer than twenty (20) calendar days. Alternatively, and as approved by the Executive Board and Steward Council, the Elections Committee may conduct the election via electronic mail or via on-campus balloting with published procedures.

4.8 Tabulation of Ballots

The ballots shall be tabulated by the Elections Committee, and a majority of the ballots cast shall determine the outcome of the election. In the absence of a majority, the Elections Committee shall conduct a run-off election between the two candidates who have received the most votes for the office in question. The Elections Committee shall prepare and send ballots by first-class U.S. Mail to the last known home address of all members who were eligible to vote in the initial election, in such manner as to ensure the secrecy of the ballot. The period between the mailing and return date for the ballot shall be no less than twenty (20) calendar days. Alternatively, and as approved by the Executive Board and Steward Council, the Elections Committee may conduct the election via electronic mail or via on- campus balloting with published procedures.

4.9 Election Challenges

Challenges and objections to the election must be submitted in writing, with a statement of supporting reasons that includes specific facts as well as any documentation, to the Elections Committee within ten (10) days of the publication of results. The Elections Committee shall issue its written opinion regarding the objections no later than ten (10) days after receipt of such objections.

4.10 Election Results

The election results will be published and distributed to the membership as soon as possible and in all cases within thirty (30) days of the count. All elections materials, including the ballots, will be kept in a secure location for one (1) year.

4.11 Assuming Office

Successful candidates shall assume office within thirty (30) days of the publication of election results, or at the second regular Executive Board meeting of May, whichever comes first.

4.12 Filling Vacancies

With the exception of the President, or in the case of a recall, the Executive Board will have the power to fill vacancies in its membership until the next general election of officers.

4.13 Recall of Officers

A petition signed by one hundred (100) members for district wide positions or twenty-five percent (25%) of the constituency for a Representative, and alleging constitutional violations, fiduciary breaches or acts clearly detrimental to the union, shall be sufficient to require the Executive Board to vote on whether to conduct a recall election of the officer identified in the petition. The officer subject to recall and any Executive Board member signing the petition shall not vote on the question of a recall election. If a majority of the Executive Board (provided quorum is met) approves a recall election, the Elections Committee shall supervise the recall election. Any position made vacant as a result of a recall will be filled by special election. Any recall or special election shall take place in a timely manner.