By-Laws


 (Adopted 5/2/13)


Article I.  Name

The name of this organization shall be the Roseburg Education Association, hereinafter referred to as the REA. The REA shall be affiliated with the UniServ Council, hereinafter referred to as DCEC, the Oregon Education Association, hereinafter referred to as the OEA, and the National Education Association, hereinafter referred to as the NEA.



Article II.  Purpose


The primary purpose of the REA shall be:

To protect legal and human rights of teachers;

To secure and maintain improved economic security and conditions of employment for all teachers;

To attain instructional excellence;

To participate actively in the DCEC, OEA, and NEA affairs.  

To achieve professional autonomy through self-governance; and

To achieve organizational excellence.



Article III. Membership and Dues


Section 1.  Qualifications

The REA consists of all employed licensed teaching personnel and child development specialists, half time or more, employed under contract with Roseburg Public Schools.  Specifically excluded from the bargaining unit are less-than-half-time teachers, temporary teachers (less than sixty [60] days), ROTC personnel, substitute teachers, supervisory, administrative, and confidential employees.


Section 2.  Classifications

The membership of the REA shall consist of the same members listed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement in Article II with Roseburg Public Schools. 



Section 3.  Rights

Active and associate members shall be entitled to all rights and privileges of the REA, which shall include REA publications, the right to vote, serve as a delegate, and to hold elective or appointive office in the REA.   To resign from the Association, active members shall revoke their membership and become a Fair-Share Member between August 1 and September 15 of any year.


Section 4.  Dues

The Faculty Representative Assembly shall establish dues by June 15th of each year by a vote of 2/3 of the members present.



Article IV.  Elected Officers


Section 1.  Officers

The elected officers of the REA shall be president, secondary vice-president, elementary vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.


Section 2. President

a.Is spokesperson for the Association and oversees all Association business.

b.Presides at all general membership and Executive Board meetings.

c.Appoints, with Executive Board approval, Association committee chairpersons, contract maintenance position, website manager, and personal illness leave administrator.

d.May sign checks.

e.Represents REA at DCEC and OEA meetings, unless there is another person elected or designated to do so.

f.Brings to the members any proposed changes to the bargained agreement or district policy.

g.Receives a stipend paid on January 1 of each year to offset time spent conducting Association business.

h.Receives a monthly cell phone allowance.



Section 3.  Elementary Vice President

a.Assists the president in planning agendas.

b.Assumes the responsibilities of the president in his/her absence.

c.Assumes other duties as designated by the President.

d.Is the primary contact person for the elementary school sites.

e.Receives a stipend paid on January 1 of each year to offset time spent conducting Association business.

f.Receives a monthly cell phone allowance.




















Section 4.  Secondary Vice President

a.Assists the president in planning agendas.

b.Assumes the responsibilities of the president in his/her absence.

c.Assumes other duties as designated by the President.

d.Is the primary contact person for the secondary school sites.

e.Receives a stipend paid on January 1 of each year to offset time spent conducting Association business.

f.Receives a monthly cell phone allowance.


Section 5.  Secretary

a.Keeps minutes of Representative and Executive Board meetings.

b.Distributes minutes of Representative and Executive Board meetings.

c.Maintains official file of past minutes and official REA correspondence.

d.Maintains a roll of Building Representatives and general members.

e.Assists the President with Association correspondence.

f.Assists Website Manager with monthly newsletter.

g.Receives a stipend paid on January 1 of each year to offset time spent conducting Association business.


Section 6.  Treasurer

a.Is responsible for Association funds.

b.Is designated to sign checks.

c.Creates yearly REA budget with input from Executive Board.

d.Presents a prepared financial statement at each monthly Representative Meeting.

e.Prepares an annual financial summary to be distributed to the membership.

f.Receives a stipend paid on January 1 to offset time spend conducting Association business.


Section 7.  Term of Office

The term of office of the president, secondary vice-president, elementary vice-president, secretary, and treasurer shall be June 1 of the year elected to May 31 of the second year following. The term of office of the OEA Representative Assembly delegates shall be April 1 of the year elected to March 31 of the second year following, unless otherwise determined by the OEA.  A pro rata share of the delegates should be elected each year.


The term of office of the NEA Representative Assembly delegates from the REA is April 1 of the year elected to March 31 of the following year.


Section 8.  OEA and NEA Representative Delegates

OEA-RA and NEA-RA delegates shall be selected in an election by the membership.  At most, two names on each ballot not elected as delegates to the OEA and NEA Assemblies, shall be deemed alternate delegates.


As an additional qualification for election to the position of NEA-RA delegate, a member shall first have served as an OEA-RA delegate.  The elected NEA-RA delegate agrees to attend statewide NEA-RA orientation meetings.


Section 9.  Vacancies

Should a vacancy occur in the office of president, the vice-president with the most seniority shall become president.  If the seniority is equal, then lots shall be drawn.  Should a vacancy occur in any other office, the Executive Board shall appoint an interim successor upon the approval of the REA Representative Assembly.  An election to fill the vacant office will be held within ninety days of the date of the vacancy.














Article V.  Appointed Positions


Section 1.   Contract Maintenance

a.Is responsible for filing and pursuing grievances when violations of the contract occur.

b.Is responsible for submitting grievances to arbitration.

c.Assists members with contract questions.

d.Maintains the negotiated agreement.

e.Receives a stipend paid on January 1 to offset time spent conducting Association business.

f.Receives a monthly cell phone allowance.


Section 2.  Website Manager

a.Maintains website for REA.

b.Notifies members of updates to website as changes occur.

c.Creates and distributes monthly newsletter to membership.

d.Receives a stipend paid on January 1 to offset time spent on maintaining website.

















Section 3.  Personal Illness Leave Administrator

a.Maintain personal illness leave pool records.

b.Coordinates with Roseburg Public Schools business office when days are requested by members.

c.Administers donation of personal illness leave days to members when pool drops to 30 days.

d.Receives a stipend paid on January 1 to offset time spent on maintaining personal illness leave requests.









Article VI.  Committees


Section 1.  Negotiations Committee

a.Shall be established three (3) months before collective bargaining commences.

b.Shall develop rationale for the Association’s position on salaries, fringe benefits, and conditions of employment by surveying the membership.

c.Will send out news releases to the membership after each session.

d.The bargaining team shall be composed of a chairperson and at least five (5) other members.  The chairperson shall select the bargaining team members.  

e.The chairperson and each bargaining team member will receive a stipend paid when negotiation of the successor agreement commences to offset the time spent bargaining.  If negotiations go into mediation, each bargaining team member shall receive an additional $200.


Section 2.  Advisory Committee

a.At least three (3) advisory team members shall be selected from the elementary schools, one (1) advisory team member from each middle school,  one (1) advisory team member from the high school, and one (1) advisory team member from Office of Student Services.

b.The Advisory team members are responsible for:

1.gathering feedback from the buildings to assist the bargaining team in negotiations.

2.communicating with buildings about progress of negotiations and visit buildings to give updates.


Section 3.  Insurance/Benefits Committee

A standing committee comprised of the president and two other members appointed by the president shall meet with District Administration as per the bargained agreement to discuss insurance issues and to resolve problems that may arise.


Section 4.  Miscellaneous Committees

Committees shall be established and disbanded as needed by the President of the Association.  




Article VII. Faculty Representative Assembly


Section 1.  Authority

The authority to establish the policies of the REA and adopt the annual budget in May of each year shall be vested in a Faculty Representative Assembly, hereinafter referred to as the Assembly. Where the Assembly has not established a policy, an interim policy may be established, and this authority shall be vested in the Executive Board, to be reviewed and voted upon at the next meeting of the Assembly.


Section 2.  Delegates

Each school shall be allowed delegates to the Assembly as follows: Elementary Schools, 2 delegates each; Middle Schools, 3 delegates each; High School, 5 delegates; and Office of Student Services, 2 delegates.  Each school shall be entitled to an alternate with non-voting rights, unless replacing a delegate.  Delegates shall be elected in April of each year.  Each building may select the method to elect delegates.


Section 3.  Officers

The elected officers of the REA shall be members of the Assembly without voting rights.


Section 4.  Meetings

The Assembly shall meet at the call of the president or as the Assembly decides.  Upon receiving a request from at least three members of the Assembly, the president shall call a special meeting.  All Assembly meetings shall be open to any REA member, except that non-Assembly members shall not have the privilege of voting.


Section 5.  Quorum

A majority of the members of the Assembly who are present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.


Section 6.  Vacancies

Should a vacancy occur, a building level election to fill the vacancy will be held within ninety days of the date of the vacancy. 

















ARTICLE VIII.  EXECUTIVE BOARD.


Section 1. Authority

The Executive Board shall be the elected officers of the REA and shall have general charge of the work of the REA.  The Executive Board shall do all that is necessary to fulfill the purposes of the REA as authorized by the Assembly and/or provided in the by-laws.


Section 2. Quorum

A majority of the members of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.


Section 3. Meetings

The Executive Board shall meet at the call of the president. Upon receiving a request from any member of the Executive Board, the president shall call a special meeting.




Article IX.  Elections


Section 1. Elections and Nominations

Each March, during an election year or as needed due to a vacancy, the Executive committee shall conduct an election by secret ballot.  Members wishing to be on the ballot shall submit a request with 5 members’ signatures.  Members wishing to nominate another member should submit a request with 5 members’ signatures.  A place for write-in candidates shall be placed on the ballot for each office.


Section 2.  Voting

The Executive Board may request members to vote by paper ballot, electronically, in person, or in some combination thereof.  Distribution and collection of ballots will be completed in accordance with published timelines.


Section 3.  Elections and Ratification

a.The Bargaining Team shall conduct fair and secure balloting for contract ratification.

b.Building Representatives shall conduct fair and secure balloting for the election of officers and representatives.

1.OEA-RA and NEA-RA delegate elections will be held according to rules established by OEA/NEA guidelines. Deadlines for nominations and dates and times for polling communicated to all members at least one month in advance of the nomination deadline. 

2.Officer elections will be held in the month of March in even numbered years, according to a schedule and rules established by the Election Committee and adopted by the Faculty Representative Assembly, to include deadlines for nominations and dates and times for polling communicated to all members at least one month in advance of the nomination deadline.

3.Vacancy and any other special elections will be held as otherwise specified in these by-laws or as moved in the Faculty Representative Assembly.

c. Shall report the results to the Executive Committee.

Article X.   REA Total Membership Meetings


Section 1.  Meetings

The general membership of the REA shall meet at the call of the Assembly or the Executive Board.


Section 2.  Quorum

A majority of the members present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the business.



Article XI.  Adoption and Amendment


A first reading of proposed by-laws or amendments shall be introduced at any regular meeting of the Assembly. REA Adoption of these by-laws or any proposed amendments thereto, shall be by a two-thirds vote of the members present.  Action must be taken no later than the third regular meeting after introduction.



Article XII.  Rules of Order


The current revision of Robert’s Rules of Order shall be the parliamentary authority of the REA, subject to the by-laws and special rules, which may have been adopted.