as amended April 16, 2001
I - Name and Objectives
Article II - Membership and Association
Article III - Officers
Article IV - The Executive Council
Article V - The Executive Committee
Article VI - Chapter Meetings
Article VII - Rights of Portland State University Faculty
Article VIII - Association Funds
Article IX - Amendments
I - Name and Objectives
- The name of this
organization shall be the Portland State University Chapter of the American
Association of University Professors (PSU-AAUP). This Chapter is a local
affiliate of the National AAUP.
- Among its objectives
to represent the professional interests of the faculty and to advance
the standards and ideals of the profession;
improve the terms and conditions of employment of the faculty through
the process of collective bargaining; and
further higher education and research in the university in concert
with students, administration, and the Board of Higher Education.
- This AAUP chapter
will be operated to qualify as a labor organization under section 501
(c) (5) of the Internal Revenue Code for the above stated purposes.
II - Membership and Association
be four categories of membership: Active, Associate, Graduate Student,
and Emeritus. Membership is contingent upon payment of appropriate national,
state, and local dues and fees. All members of the chapter must be members
of the National AAUP and the Oregon Conference of the AAUP Eligibility
requirements for each of these categories and the extent of membership
rights are as follows:
Active Members. Any member of the Portland State University Faculty
who is included within the collective bargaining unit as determined
by the Employment Relations Board certification or as agreed by the
parties in negotiation. Active members shall have full voting rights
upon initiation of membership and may run for office upon initiation
of membership. Except within Article II and wherever the context of
provisions of this Article clearly imply otherwise, the terms "member"
and "membership" as used in this Constitution and its Bylaws shall refer
only to Active Members. Active members include Active Entrants and Active
members. Any member of the Portland State University Faculty who is
not included within the collective bargaining unit and who is eligible
for Active Membership in the National AAUP. Associate members will
have voting rights in any chapter matter not concerned with collective
bargaining, including the election of officers and councilors. They
are eligible to serve as members of appointed committees; however,
they are not eligible to hold office. AAUP members who are appointed
department chair will be Special Members.
Student Members. Any person who is, or within the past five years
has been, a graduate student and is not eligible for Active Membership
in the Chapter. Graduate Student Members shall not have voting rights,
nor are they eligible for service on the Executive Council, Unit Representative
Committee, or Negotiating Team.
Members. Any member retiring for age or disability may be transferred
at his or her own request, to Emeritus Membership with the approval
of the Executive Council. Emeritus Members shall have no voting rights,
shall not hold office, and shall pay no Chapter dues. Emeritus members
shall pay their dues directly to the national AAUP.
III - Officers
- Officers The Officers
of the Portland State University Chapter shall be a President, a Vice
President for Collective Bargaining, a Vice President for Academic Freedom
and Grievance, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The Executive Council shall
consist of these five officers, the Immediate Past President, and seven
other councilors. The Executive Committee of the Council shall consist
of the five officers and the Immediate Past President. The Immediate
Past President shall be defined as the person who has served as President
most recently within the previous two years.
- Term of office.
The terms of office of the members of the Executive Council shall be
two years. The terms of office of the President, the Vice President
of Collective Bargaining, the Immediate Past President, and four Councilors
will begin in even numbered years, and those of other council members
shall begin in odd numbered years. Except for the Immediate Past President,
members of the Executive Council shall be elected by secret ballot as
provided in the Bylaws.
- Vacancy in office
of President. In case of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice
President of Collective Bargaining shall succeed to that office until
an election can be held. The election will follow the guidelines outlined
in Sec. 4 for the replacement of vacancies in other offices.
- Vacancy in other
offices. In case of a vacancy in any other Executive Council office
except that of Immediate Past President, the Council shall elect a member
to serve until the next regular election. At least one week's notice
to the Council shall precede such elections. The Council shall initially
consider as replacements unsuccessful candidates from the previous two
elections, voting on each in the order of votes received. If the term
of the office extends one academic calendar year or more, then a member
shall be elected by the membership to serve the duration of the unexpired
term. A vacancy will automatically occur, unless overruled by the Council,
when any member misses three consecutive meetings or more than one third
of the meetings per term without good reason. A temporary vacancy may
be declared either by the Council or by the member involved, in the
case of a legitimate inability to attend regular meetings over an extended
period of more than five weeks. The member involved may suggest to the
Council a replacement who will be considered along with unsuccessful
candidates from the previous two elections. Replacements will have full
Council privileges. The original incumbent must inform the Council in
writing before resuming office.
- Incumbents are
eligible for reelection.
- Recall of officers
and councilors. A majority of the Executive Council or a Petition of
40% of the membership may require a recall election of any officer of
councilor. The membership will vote on recall with a majority of those
The President shall call meetings of the Executive Council and
the Chapter and preside at those meetings. The President shall be
responsible for implementing and administering decisions of the Chapter
and the Executive Council and shall have such other duties as may
be assigned by the Executive Council. The President and his or her
designated alternate shall serve as spokesperson for the Chapter.
He or she or an alternate designated by the Executive Council shall
represent the Chapter at national and regional AAUP meetings.
Vice President for Collective Bargaining shall be responsible for
the coordination of activities of the Chapter for collective bargaining.
He or she shall serve, ex-officio, on the Unit Representative Committee
and on standing or ad-hoc committees on salaries, work loads, and
other matters subject to contract negotiation. He or she shall serve
ex-officio as chairman of the Unit Representative Committee. She
or he may delegate the chairmanship of the Unit Representative Committee
to another Council member. In the absence of the President, he or
she shall preside at meetings of the Executive Council or chapter.
Vice President for Academic Freedom and Grievances shall be primarily
responsible for academic freedom and grievance matters.
Secretary shall be responsible for the minutes of the meetings of
the Executive Council and the Chapter, and shall maintain a file
of all official records and correspondence.
Treasurer shall develop the yearly budget for approval by the Executive
Council, advise the office staff on day-to-day bookkeeping matters,
and arrange for a yearly audit.
IV - The Executive Council
V - The Executive Committee
- The Executive
Council shall be responsible for determining the policies of the Chapter
in accordance with Article I. It shall have the authority to create
committees, to expend funds, to employ persons including legal counsel,
to receive contributions in the name of the chapter, and to obtain and
hold property. It may delegate the exercise of any of these authorities
to the President.
- The Executive
Council shall have the authority to recommend the level of local dues
for the various categories of membership subject to approval of those
levels by a majority of the members voting.
- A majority of
the Council shall constitute a quorum.
- The Executive
Council shall have the authority to give final approval to the negotiated
contract, subject to ratification by the membership as provided in Article
- Any action taken
by the Executive Council may be overruled by a two-thirds vote of the
members voting. A vote to overrule must be taken within two academic
calendar months of the action, and notice of intention to call such
a vote must be given the Council within one academic calendar month
of the action. If a regular meeting is not scheduled within the two
month period, a special meeting may be called as provided for in Article
- The Executive
Council may suspend the bylaws for the duration of a meeting by a 3/4
vote of a quorum attending that meeting.
- Meetings of the
Executive Council shall be open to members of the PSU-AAUP except for
the instances when the bylaws have been suspended.
- Collegial consensus
will, in general, be sought in the conduct and decision making of the
chapter and its bodies. However, when more formality becomes appropriate
to expedite a democratic decision, meetings will be conducted according
to Robert's Rules of Order.
VI - Chapter Meetings
- Meetings of the
Executive Committee will be called by the President as needed to make
decisions upon the specific means of implementing Council policies.
Decisions made by the Executive Committee are subject to review by the
VII - Rights of Portland State University Faculty
- Meetings of the
Chapter will be called by the President or the Executive Council.
- The President
or Executive Council shall call at least one general membership meeting
per academic year.
- A Chapter meeting
must be called within one academic calendar month of the receipt by
the President of a petition requesting such a meeting and signed by
at least 20 members of the Chapter.
- The quorum for
meeting of the Chapter shall be ten percent of the membership.
VIII - Association Funds
- No fair share
agreement may be ratified without an affirmative vote of the bargaining
unit as provided under Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) chapter 243.
- Any bargaining
unit member who is paying under a fair share agreement as defined in
ORS Chapter 243, but who is not a member of the Chapter, and who objects
to a specified political activity may request a refund of that portion
of the payment in lieu of dues which is used to support political activities
not related to collective bargaining, under procedures established in
- If a fair share
agreement is ratified by a majority of the Portland State University
Faculty unit, any employee covered by the agreement shall have the right
to affirmatively assert religious objection as provided in ORS chapter
243 or conscientious objection. Procedures for such objection are given
in the Bylaws.
- Every faculty
member at Portland State University shall retain the right to pursue
grievances with the administration of Portland State University as provided
under ORS Chapter 243.
- PSU-AAUP shall
do nothing which infringes upon the academic freedom of any individual
Portland State University faculty member as defined by AAUP standards.
- PSU-AAUP will
not discriminate against any faculty member in violation of federal
or state law or on the basis of sexual orientation.
- No strike as defined
under ORS 243 or other concerted job action will be authorized or undertaken
without an affirmative vote of the active membership.
- A majority of
the active members voting by secret ballot shall be necessary to ratify
contracts agreed to during negotiations.
- Private Inurement.
No part of the net earnings of this organization shall inure to the
benefit of or be distributed to any director, employee or other individual,
partnership or entity having a personal interest in the chapter. Compensation
for service rendered and reimbursement for expenses actually incurred
in attending to the affairs of the chapter shall be limited to reasonable
- Chapter Dissolution.
Upon dissolution of the chapter, its assets shall be disposed of exclusively
by transfer to the PSU unrestricted student scholarship fund or to its
IX - Amendments
- Amendments to
the Constitution may be proposed by the Executive Council or by a petition
to the Executive Council signed by fifty members. A proposed text shall
be circulated by the Executive Council, with its recommendation, to
the membership, for information and response 15 days prior to submission
to the membership of the final text for voting. Recommendations for
revisions may be submitted to the Executive Council during this 15 day
period. The Executive Council shall have the right of final decision
on revisions for purposes of presentation and vote. Voting upon the
amendment(s) shall take place after 30 days notice to the total eligible
membership. A two-thirds vote, either by those voting by mail ballot
circulated to the total eligible membership, or of the members present
at a regular or special meeting called for that purpose, shall be necessary