Article I Membership Meetings: there shall be at least one (1) general
membership meeting each year.
Article II Dues and Budget
The treasurer shall prepare a yearly budget that shall include a statement of estimated expenses and any changes in the local, state or national dues structure. Said changes in state and national dues structures will be automatically reflected in the member’s dues.
A copy of the proposed budget shall be distributed to each member in October. The annual budget shall be adopted at a meeting of the general membership held in October by 2/3rds (⅔) of those members present and voting.
Any unanticipated expenditures not accounted for in the current
year’s adopted budget over $1,000 will come to the Representative’s
Council for approval either through a meeting or email vote. The amount
can be adjusted annually to account for inflation or budgetary needs by a
recommendation from the Executive Board, which would then be voted on
by the Representatives Council.
Article III Quorum
A quorum shall consist of fifty percent (50%) of the Council of
Representatives. All delegates shall receive notice of a meeting at least (3)
three days prior to the meeting.
Twenty (20) members, or ten percent (10%), whichever is smaller, shall
constitute a quorum for a general membership meeting. All members shall
receive notification of a meeting at least (3) three days prior to a meeting.
Article IV Standing Committees
Standing committees shall be appointed by the President and confirmed by
the Executive Board.
Article V Duties of Officers:
The President: shall be in charge of overall organizational duties. The
President shall preside over Executive Board and Council of
Representatives meetings. The President shall be the official
spokesperson for the Federation, coordinate policy development and
implementation, be an ad hoc member of all standing committees, and an
observer on the PAR Panel. In addition, the President or her/his designee
shall serve as the staff person for the California Federation of Teachers
and the Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers formula funded staff
agreement. The President will attend regular SCCS Board meetings.
She/he will also attend special governance session, if agenda includes
topics relevant to the interest of the Federation.
The Elementary and Secondary Vice Presidents:
The two vice presidents, Elementary and Secondary, shall act as liaisons
and grievance specialists for their respective grade levels. They will attend
monthly Executive Board meetings, advise the President on the agenda
and attend all Council of Representatives and General Membership
Meetings. The vice presidents will attend the majority of regular SCCS
School Board meetings during the school year.
The Secretary: shall be in charge of all general clerical duties: recording
and distributing the minutes of the Council of Representatives meetings,
keeping a digital and hard copy file of minutes, recording and distributing
the Council of Representatives Agenda, and keeping a digital and hard
copy file of agendas, and other correspondence. Additionally, the
Secretary shall coordinate elections and registration for the CFT State
The Treasurer: shall be in charge of the fiscal operations: including budget
development, income/expense projections, annual report, bill paying and
expense reimbursement. Additionally, the treasurer will coordinate
membership recruiting, obtain needed membership documents from the
school district, and update membership rosters regularly.
Officers will review and make recommendations to the Council of
Representatives on action to be taken in cases of Formal Grievances
involving possible Suspension and Dismissal (this does not include possible suspension and dismissal resulting from potential criminal charges which are not handled through the grievance process.)
Article VI Negotiations:
All members in good standing shall be eligible to serve on the team.
Representation shall include representatives from the elementary,
middle school, and high school units given that qualified unit
members exist in all three (3) units.
In the matter of negotiations for the Guest Teacher unit; the Site
Representative for the Guest Teachers will meet with the GSCFT
Negotiation team at least one time prior to negotiations for
and be given a debrief by the President after
It is the primary responsibility of the President to appoint
representatives for the purpose of developing and negotiating a
Article VII Contract Ratification
The Council of Representatives shall prepare and adopt procedures for
ratification consistent with current collective bargaining laws. These
procedures shall be published and sent to each member of the bargaining
unit at the conclusion of negotiations. It is the duty of the Negotiating Team
to distribute the proposed contract to each each site representative and
each member (via email). After ratification, the contract will be posted on
the GSCFT Website for the availability of all members.
Section A. Highlights of the contract shall be sent to each member within
(10) days of the conclusion of negotiations. A special general
membership meeting will be held within (15) fifteen days of the conclusion
of negotiations to provide information and answer questions related to the
Voting on contract acceptance will take place within a week of the General
Membership meeting. Votes will be counted and verified by the GSCFT
representatives at each school site. Ballots shall be returned to the
GSCFT office and kept for one year.
Article VIII Ratification of Constitution and Bylaws
A copy of the Constitution and Bylaws shall be
given to each site representative and posted on the GSCFT website.
Section B: Ratification will be done by secret ballot, if requested, at a time
and manner determined by the Council of Representatives.
Section C: A majority vote accepting the Constitution and Bylaws changes is
required for ratification.
Article IX Grievances
A grievance can be filed when there has been a violation, misinterpretation or inequitable application of any of the provisions the GSCFT/SCCS Agreement (Contract) .
In the case that a grievance proceeds to the formal level, and
results in possible suspension/dismissal, the Executive Board (see
Bylaws Article 5, Section F) will reviews the grievance to determine
whether there is sufficient merit to proceed to arbitration. The
Executive Board will make a recommendation to the Council of Site
Representatives. The grievant will be notified at least 48 hours prior
to the Site Council Representatives meeting as to the recommendation of
the Executive Council. If the grievant disagrees with the outcome of the
binding vote of the Site Representative’s Council, she/he may request (in
writing) an appeal, which will be taken to a special meeting of the Site
Representatives’ Council called for this purpose.
1)The right to take a grievance to arbitration is reserved to the union. The employee does not have an absolute right to arbitration and the union enjoys considerable discretion;
2) This discretion must be exercised in good faith after thorough
consideration of the grievance and the case, taking into account the
significance of the grievance and of its consequences for the
employee on the one hand and the legitimate interests of the union
on the other;
3) The union’s decision must not be arbitrary or discriminatory; and
4) Representation by the union must be undertaken with integrity,
without negligence and without hostility towards the employee.
Article X Agency Fee Payers
Those unit members who elect to pay a service fee in lieu of joining the
Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers may attend membership
meetings for the purpose of discussion of contract issues. Service fee
payers are not considered members and may not hold office, serve on
the Council of Representatives or the Negotiating Team.
Article XI Charitable Donations in Lieu of Membership
Any unit member who because of religious affiliation in a religion which
forbids paying of union dues or on the grounds of conscience cannot pay
fees to a union, may apply to the Executive Board for the right to
designate that the Federation contribute the amount of the service fee to
organizations specified in our Contract. The Executive Board may apply
fair and objective criteria to the conscientious objector status in making
the decision. If the Federation and the unit member are not in
agreement, concerning the stated prohibition regarding payment to the
union, the unit member may appeal the matter in writing to the District
Superintendent or her/his designee asking that a panel be convened to
decide the matter.