LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS ASSOCIATION
This non-profit association shall be known as the Oregon Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association and is affiliated with the National Labor and Employment Relations Association.
The purposes of the Oregon Chapter are to promote the purposes of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, namely:
- The exchange of ideas among labor, management, and government practitioners and academics in the field of labor;
- Promote positive and constructive working relationships between the membership constituencies
- The encouragement of research in all aspects of the field of labor — social, political, economic, legal, and psychological — including employer and employee organization, labor relations, personnel administration, social security, and labor legislation.
- 4. The promotion of full discussion and exchange of ideas regarding the planning and conduct of research in this field;
- The dissemination of the significant results of such research; and
- The improvement of the material and methods of instruction in the field of labor relations.
The Association will take no partisan attitude on questions of policy, nor will it commit its members to any positions on such questions.
The Association affirms its support for fundamental worker and human rights in the workplace and for the rights of employees, employers, and their organizations to full freedom to organize and administer their activities and to formulate and pursue their lawful purposes.
- Any person interested in its purposes may become a regular member of the Chapter upon payment of local dues.
- There shall be two categories of membership: regular members and student members. Other categories of membership may be established majority vote of the membership present and voting at a regular meeting on written notice. The amount for annual dues will be established annually by majority vote of the Chapter officers. Every member shall be entitled to receive any bulletins or other publications issued by the Chapter during his/her membership.
- CHAPTER OFFICERS
- The Chapter shall have the following officers: President, Immediate Past President, President Elect, Regular Program Vice President, Annual Event Program Vice President, Membership Vice President, Communications Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and seven (7) Trustees. Terms shall be for one (1) year, or until their successors are elected and installed. The officers and trustees shall represent the three constituencies of the organization: labor, management and neutrals, and shall represent the public and private sectors.
- The above chapter officers and trustees shall constitute an Executive Board which shall be responsible for conduct of the Chapter’s business, for promoting the purposes of the organization, encouraging membership in the organization, and selection of annual award recipients. Specific duties of officers follow, and, generally, all officers may be assigned such other duties as may be appropriate to the office.
- President: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter, shall serve as a co-signatory on financial transactions, and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.
- President Elect: The President Elect shall chair the Finance Committee and will assume the office of President upon expiration of the President’s term. The President-Elect shall also assume the position, duties, and power of the President in instances of inability to serve or absence of the President until the cessation of such inability to serve or absence or until expiration of the President’s term.
- Regular Program Vice President: The Regular Program Vice President shall chair the Regular Program Committee.
- Annual Event Program Vice President: The Annual Event Program Vice President shall be responsible for the Annual Awards Program and shall chair the Annual Event Program Committee.
- Membership Vice President: The Membership Vice President shall ensure that a computerized record of current members, their dues status, and their contact information is maintained, and shall chair the Membership Committee.
- Secretary: The Secretary shall keep the records of all proceedings, including meetings, programs, and elections, of the Chapter.
- Treasurer: The Treasurer shall have custody of the Funds of the Chapter and shall be a co-signatory on financial transactions. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of dues and other revenues, and payment of bills as approved by the Board. The Treasurer shall maintain the financial records of the organization, including records of all revenues and expenditures, and. shall make a report to the Board of Directors at each meeting of the Board and a complete financial report to the membership at the annual meeting.
- The membership may by majority vote of regular members attending the annual meeting determine that the offices of Secretary and Treasurer be combined. Each such vote shall authorize the creation of the combined office of Secretary-Treasurer for the next one-year term only.
- Communications Vice President: The Communications Vice President shall have the duties of managing and posting content to the chapter’s website, being chiefly responsible for monitoring email, and sending out chapter information and notices of events. .
- Trustees: The Trustees shall review the financial records, shall serve on standing committees as proposed by the President and approved by the Board, and shall share information from their constituencies with the officers and membership.
- Election of Chapter Officers
Chapter officers shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Chapter each year. As required by the national by-laws, only members of the national organization shall be eligible to serve as officers of the local chapter. A member interested in running for office may submit his/her name to the nominating committee twenty-one (21) days prior to the annual meeting, and these names, along with any proposed by the committee itself, shall be presented to the general membership prior to the annual meeting.
- Legal Authority
No person shall be authorized to enter into contracts on behalf of the Chapter unless authority to sign is granted by a majority resolution of the Executive Board.
- The Nominating Committee shall be composed of three members, one representing each constituency of labor, management, and neutrals, proposed by the President and approved by the Chapter officers whose terms shall be for one (1) year.
- The Regular Program Committee shall be chaired by the Regular Program Vice President and shall be composed of members representing each constituency, proposed by the President and approved by the Chapter officers, whose terms shall be for one (1) year. It shall be responsible for planning periodic meetings throughout the year.
- The Annual Event Program Committee shall be chaired by the Annual Event Program Vice President and shall be composed of members representing each constituency, proposed by the President and approved by the Chapter officers, whose terms shall be for one (1) year. It shall be responsible for planning an annual program to be held each year in the fall or winter.
- The Membership Committee shall be chaired by the Membership Vice President and shall be composed of three members, one representing each constituency, proposed by the President and approved by the Chapter officers, whose terms shall be for one (1) year.
- The Finance Committee shall be chaired by the President-Elect; the Immediate Past President shall serve as Vice-Chair. The committee shall be composed of three additional members from the Board of Directors, one representing each constituency, proposed by the President and approved by the Chapter officers, whose terms shall be for one (1) year. The Committee shall be responsible for reviewing the reports of the Treasurer and recommending financial policies and procedures to the Board.
- The President may appoint special ad hoc committees, whenever the need arises, subject to the approval of a majority of the other Chapter officers.
The fiscal year of the Chapter shall be the calendar year.
Upon dissolution of the Chapter, the Executive Board shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of this Chapter, dispose of all the remaining assets of this Chapter to any organization, entity or governmental body one of the purposes of which is to improve the cooperation or education of Union or Management regarding employment relations issues including by way of example any of the following: (1) an organization exempt under section 501(a) of the IRC as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the IRC; or (2) a successor to the Chapter as long as it meets the other conditions of this Article.
- The Chapter shall meet at the call of the President, but at least four (4) times per year.
- The annual meeting of the Chapter shall be the last business meeting of each calendar year, or such other meeting as the Executive Committee shall designate.
- A quorum shall consist of twenty (20) members or twenty percent (20%) of the membership, whichever is less.
- The Executive Board shall meet at the request of any Board member. A quorum shall be a majority of the Board.
- AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS
Amendments to the By-Laws may be made at any regular meeting at which at least a quorum is present, by a majority vote of the members present, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been given to the members at least fifteen (15) calendar days in advance.