Governing Documents

 

Name

Boundaries

Membership

 

Fees

Rules of Procedure

Organization    

 

Notice of Meetings

Duties of Officers

Committees

 

Election of Local Reps

Table Officers Committee 

Election of Table Officers

 

General

Election of Staff Representatives

Sublocals

 

Objects

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 NAME
  • The name of this local shall be the Parkland Teachers' Local No. 10 local association of The Alberta Teachers' Association.

    BOUNDARIES
  • The area served by this local association shall include Parkland School Division No. 70.

    MEMBERSHIP
  • All active and associate members of The Alberta Teachers' Association employed by the school division listed in section 2 are members of this local.

    OBJECTS
  • The objects of this local association shall be to further the objects of The Alberta Teachers' Association as set out in section 4 of the Teaching Profession Act and The Alberta Teachers' Association General Bylaws.

    FEES
  • This local association shall have the power, subject to approval of the Executive Council of The Alberta Teachers' Association, to levy fees for membership in this local association such as are determined from time to time in a general meeting of the local association. Such fees shall be additional to and in no way part of the statutory fees for membership in The Alberta Teachers' Association.

    RULES OF PROCEDURE
  • The proceedings of all meetings — general, special, local council and table officers committee — shall be regulated by the official Rules of Order and Procedure for The Alberta Teachers' Association as published in the Members' Handbook

    ORGANIZATION
  • 1) The governing body of this local shall be a general meeting of its members; 50 of whom shall constitute a quorum.

    (2) A general meeting of this local shall be held at least once a year to:
  • (a) hear the president's report about the local association and the Table Officers Committee,
    (b) hear the reports by chairs of standing committees on committee activities,
    (c) hold elections,
    (d) approve and set policy, and
    (e) deal with such other matters as may arise.

    (3) In the event there is no quorum, all business of the general meeting shall be dealt with at the next local council meeting.

    (4) There shall be constituted a local council of this local consisting of:

    (a) all members of the Table Officers Committee,
    (b) presidents of sublocals or designates,
    (c) school staff representatives or alternate(s), other than Table Officers Committee members,
    (d) local Annual Representative Assembly members (ARA) if not members of the Table Officers Committee,
    (e) chairs of standing committees if not members of the Table Officers Committee, or staff representatives,
    (f) convention representatives if not included in (a) to (d),
    (g) members of Economic Policy Committee (EPC) if not included in (a) to (e),
    (h) the Communications Officer (CO),
    (i) the Webmaster, and
    (j) such other members as the local council may appoint from time to time, including chairs of active ad hoc committees.

    (5) The following may attend council meetings, may speak with approval of the meeting, but may not vote:

    (a) members of this local association other than members of the local council, and
    (b) guests on invitation of the local council.

    (6) The duties of the local council shall be:

    (a) to administer the affairs of this local association including adoption of an audited financial statement and approval of an annual budget,
    (b) to appoint or elect all standing and ad hoc committees, except ARA committee,
    (c) to appoint the chair of all standing and ad hoc committees, except as otherwise provided in the committee frame of reference,
    (d) to develop and/or ratify frames of reference presented by each of the local's committees,
    (e) to hear reports from committees and decide on action to be taken, if any,
    (f) to appoint or elect representatives to the district convention committee, the ATA Summer Conference, and any other events as decided by the local council,
    (g) to deal with other matters not inconsistent with this constitution or The Alberta Teachers' Association General Bylaws,
    (h) to appoint additional delegates and alternates to the ARA committee in the event that the number elected falls below the requirement during the year,
    (i) to appoint the communications officer and develop a frame of reference for that office, and
    (j) to appoint the webmaster and develop a frame of reference for that office.

    (7) The local council shall meet every month except July and August.

    (8) A majority vote of those present shall govern the decision of the local council unless rules and regulations otherwise decree.

    (9) A majority of local council members are required to constitute a quorum.

    TABLE OFFICERS COMMITTEE

  • (1) The Table Officers Committee of this local shall consist of: president, two vice-presidents, past president, secretary, treasurer.
    (a) A quorum of the Table Officers Committee shall be four members,
    (b) The Communications Officer may be invited to attend Table Officers Committee meetings in an advisory capacity, and
    (c) Any other member may be invited to attend Table Officers Committee meetings in an advisory capacity.
    (2) It shall be the duty of the Table Officers Committee to:
    (a) prepare the agenda of business for all meetings,
    (b) to exercise general supervision of the affairs of the local association,
    (c) to prepare and transmit to head office of The Alberta Teachers' Association such reports and statements with reference to the affairs of the local association as may be required by the Provincial Executive Council (PEC) of The Alberta Teachers' Association,
    (d) to ensure that all Association moneys are used to further the objects of the Association as set out in the Teaching Profession Act to ensure that there is liaison between the local and all employing boards within the local,
    (e) to review proposed board policy changes and bring recommendations to local council, and (f) where time is of the essence, to assume the functions of the local council.
    (3) The Table Officers Committee shall meet at least once a month during the school year or as often as local business requires.

    NOTICE OF MEETINGS
  • (1) Notice of intent to hold a general, special, local council or a table officers meeting shall be given by the secretary at least 10 days before such meeting is to be held, and such notices shall include an outline or agenda of business to be discussed at the meeting.
    (a)Any special or general meeting may be a two-thirds vote of the total number of members present, providing there is a quorum, waive notice of meeting or of any motion brought before the meeting.
    (2) Meetings of this local association or of any bargaining unit(s) within this local association shall be called by the president or on the request of the Table Officers Committee or the local council or on the written request of 10 members of the local or at the request of the Economic Policy Committee or at the request of an officer of The Alberta Teachers' Association or of the district representative of whose district this local association forms a part.

    (3) A written attendance record shall be kept of all those attending general, special, local council and Table Officers Committee meetings of this local association. This record will serve as proof of quorum when required.

    (4) An officer of The Alberta Teachers' Association or district representative of whose district this local forms a part may attend and participate in any meeting (general, council or table officers) of this local association. An ATA officer shall not vote. A district representative shall not vote except at a general meeting of a local of which the district representative is a member.

    DUTIES OF OFFICERS
  • (1) President — The duties of the president shall be:
    (a) to call and preside at all general, local council and Table Officers Committee meetings of this local association,
    (b) to exercise general supervision over the affairs of this local association,
    (c) to serve as a local representative to representative assemblies,
    (d) to serve as ex officio member of all standing and ad hoc committees, and
    (e) to serve as or name a designate as representative at meetings of the school division as required.
    (2) Two Vice-Presidents — It shall be the duties of the vice-presidents:
    (a) to take charge of the affairs of this local association in the absence of the president,
    (b) to assist the president in the discharge of the president's duties,
    (c) chair the Public Relations Committee (one of the vice-presidents) and Political Involvement Committee (the other of the vice-presidents),
    (d) to serve as representative to School Council Liaison (one of the vice-presidents) and Parkland Communications Committee (the other of the vice-presidents) and for other school division committees as required, and
    (e) to arrange social functions for the local in absence of an active social committee.
    (3) Past President — The duties of the past president shall be:
    (a) to chair the nominations committee,
    (b) to chair the constitution and bylaws committee,
    (c) to act as parliamentarian at local and general meetings,
    (d) to carry out any other duties as assigned by the president and/or local council.
    (4) Secretary — The duties of the secretary shall be:
    (a) to ensure that there are accurate records of all proceedings of general, local council, table officers, standing and ad hoc committee meetings of this local association,
    (b) to bring before the Table Officers Committee of this local association all communications received by the local,
    (c) to prepare and send to head office of The Alberta Teachers' Association such statements and reports as may be required from time to time,
    (d) to ensure notices are sent to call all meetings, whether regular, special, local council or Table Officers Committee, and
    (e) to ensure preparation and distribution of copies of the minutes of local council meetings to members of the local council, and minutes of Table Officers Committee meetings to members of the Table Officers Committee, such minutes to be distributed with notices of the next meeting.
    (5) Treasurer — The duties of the treasurer shall be:
    (a) to ensure there are accurate records of all moneys received, collected and disbursed,
    (b) to receive and compile accurate records of all moneys received, collected and disbursed by all committees of this local association,
    (c) to make the necessary disbursement of funds of this local association as authorized by the Table Officers Committee or local association,
    (d) to prepare and send to head office of The Alberta Teachers' Association such statements and reports as may be required from time to time,
    (e) to prepare and present an annual budget for ratification at the June meeting of local council, and (f) to prepare and submit the financial records for audit within three months of the financial year end.
    i) notwithstanding clause 12. (2) (a), the treasurer of record on June 30 shall be responsible in consultation with the incoming treasurer for preparing the financial records for audit.
    (6) Local Representative (ARA representative) — The duties of each local representative of this local association shall be:
    (a) to represent this local association at all representative assemblies of The Alberta Teachers' Association,
    (b) to report the proceedings of all representative assemblies of The Alberta Teachers' Association to the local council and to such other gatherings as may be decided,
    (c) to attend meetings of the local council of this local association,
    (d) to attend general meetings of this local association,
    (e) to attend meetings of the ARA committee, and
    (f) to attend regional conferences.
    (7) Staff Representatives — It shall be the duty of the staff representatives:
    (a) to attend all meetings of the local council of this local association,
    (b) to represent their staff at these meetings,
    (c) to report the proceedings of these meetings to their staff,
    (d) to arrange for an alternate to attend and report in their absence, and
    (e) other duties as requested by local council or the provincial association.
    (8) Communications Officer — The duties of the communications officer shall be:
    (a) to improve and/or maintain methods of communications between and among teachers and employing boards in the boundaries of the local,
    (b) to attend all meetings of the local council of this local association,
    (c) to serve on the Public Relations Committee,
    (d) to maintain liaison with the webmaster, and
    (e) to disseminate information regarding association and local activities and items of interest to the local membership, to the membership of this local association.
    (9) Webmaster — The duties of the webmaster shall be:
    (a) to maintain the website of this local association,
    (b) to attend all meetings of the local council of this local association,
    (c) to serve on the Public Relations Committee, and
    (d) to maintain liaison with the Communications Officer.
    (10) Presidents or Vice-Presidents of Sublocals — It shall be the duty of sublocal presidents or vice-presidents:
    (a) to maintain liaison between their sublocal and the Table Officers Committee, and
    (b) to attend all meetings of the local council of this local association or arrange for an alternate.
    (11) Any elected member of the Table Officers Committee or any elected ARA representative who is absent from two consecutive meetings required as partial fulfilment of the duties of said elected office, without sufficient cause being given to the Table Officers Committee of the local, will be deemed to have resigned from such elected position.

    COMMITTEES
  • (1) Standing Committees:
    (a) Economic Policy Committee.
    (b) Public Relations Committee - A minimum committee membership shall consist of a vice-president as chair, communications officer and one member at large. This committee may choose to expand membership as demand requires, subject to ratification by local council.
    (c) Professional Development Committee.
    (d) ARA Committee.
    (e) Such other standing committees as the local and/or local council of this association may appoint from time to time.
    (2) Ad Hoc Committees:
    (a) Nominations Committee
    (b) Constitution and Bylaws Committee
    (c) Such other ad hoc committees as the local, local council or table officers committee may appoint from time to time.
    (3) Specific Duties of Standing Committees:
    (a) Economic Policy Committee It shall be the duty of this committee to operate within the frame of reference as established by local council and ratified by Provincial Executive Council.
    (b) Public Relations Committee It shall be the duty of this committee to assume general responsibility for all public relations activities undertaken by the local association.
    (c) Professional Development Committee It shall be the duty of this committee to assume general responsibility for all professional development activities undertaken by this local association.
    (4) General Duties of Standing Committees:
    (a) Develop and present to the local council for ratification and amendment a frame of reference for the committee concerned.
    (b) Periodically, or when required by the Table Officers Committee, present to the secretary of the local association accurate records of all proceedings of the committee concerned.
    (c) The chairs of all committees shall present all accounts to the local treasurer for payment.
    ELECTION OF TABLE OFFICERS
  • (1) The table officers shall be elected in each odd-numbered year for a two-year term by a vote of the members of this local association.

    (2) Election of table officers shall take place at a general meeting which is to be held before June 30 of an odd-numbered year.
    (a) The term of office shall be for two years commencing July 1 of the election year.
    (3) A vacancy on the Table Officers Committee occurring between elections:
    (a) if during the first year of the term, shall be filled by election at a general meeting, or
    (b) if after an annual general meeting the first year, by appointment of a member of this local association by the local council.
    ELECTION OF LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES
  • (1) The local representatives except for the president of this local association shall be elected annually in each year for a one-year term by a vote of the members of this local association.
    (a) The president of this local association is automatically a local representative.
    (2) Election of local representatives shall take place at a general meeting of this local association which is to be held before June 30 of each year.
    (a) The term of office shall be for one year commencing July 1 of the election year, and
    (b) Candidates for local representative who are unsuccessful in the election may become alternate local representative
    (3) A vacancy of local representatives occurring between elections shall be filled:
    (a) by the first alternate local representative, or
    (b) by appointment of a member of this local association by the local council if there are no alternate local representatives.
    ELECTION OF STAFF REPRESENTATIVES
  • (1) School staff representatives shall be elected in September by each school staff on the basis of one staff representative for every 20 teachers or fraction thereof, with each school of 10 or more staff members having a minimum of two staff representatives.

    SUBLOCALS
  • (1) This local may create sublocals as required.

    (2) Each sublocal shall operate under a constitution which must be approved a general meeting of this local association and ratified by the Provincial Executive Council of The Alberta Teachers' Association.

    (3) The powers and duties of each sublocal shall be as shown in its constitution.

    SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS GROUP
  • (1) At the request of ten or more substitute teacher members, this local shall organize a substitute teacher group.

    (2) Those eligible for participation in the group shall be members who substituted for one of the employing jurisdictions included in this local association for at least one day during the previous 12 month period.

    (3) An appropriate budget for the group shall be allocated.

    (4) The frame of reference for the group shall be as follows:
    (a) Its objects shall be to advance the professional skills and knowledge unique to substitute teaching and to advance within this local association the special interests of substitute teachers,
    (b) it shall have at least one general meeting per year,
    (c) it shall elect a chair, a vice-chair, a secretary and two members at large to an executive which shall be responsible for organizing activities to promote the objectives of the group,
    (d) its executive shall present to this local association an annual report of its activities,
    (e) an executive member of the substitute teacher group shall attend local council meetings and shall report at the meetings, and
    (f) the chair shall present all accounts to the local treasurer for payment.
    GENERAL
  • (1) The financial year of this local shall be July 1 to June 30.

    (2) This local association shall reimburse members acting on its behalf for approved expenses.

    (3) A general meeting and/or local council shall have the power to establish bylaws which will govern in the operation of local association business.

    (4) Bylaws may be changed with a one (1) meeting notice of motion and a two thirds majority vote of local council, or a majority vote of a general meeting.

    (5) Any bylaw is binding on the actions of all members of this local association provided such is not contrary to the bylaws, rules and regulations of The Alberta Teachers' Association. Any disputes regarding interpretation of a bylaw will be arbitrated by a committee consisting of the president, two other table officers and two local council representatives.

    (6) Amendments to this constitution may be made after a two month notice of motion and by a two thirds vote at a general meeting of this local association, and are subject to ratification by the Provincial Executive Council of The Alberta Teachers' Association.

  • Revised constitution ratified 1970 03 20

    Amendments ratified by TOC on behalf of PEC 1972 12 01; 1973 09 06; 1977 01 11; 1977 03 09; 1983 10 13; 1986 05 15; 1986 11 24; 1988 10 11; 1989 09 14; 1991 06 05; 1995 06 15; 1996 06 03; 2001 06 12, 2005 09 02