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CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE 1

NAME

This organization will be known as the Northern Rhode Island United Nurses and Allied

ARTICLE II

OBJECTIVES

Section 1. To provide an effective collective bargaining representative for nurses, allied health professionals, and other health care employees.

Section 2. To bring UNAP Locals into relations of mutual assistance and cooperation with the Locals

Section 3. To improve the standards Professionals, and other health care employees by advancing economic status, promoting better preparation in basic education programs, encouraging and promoting continuing education, securing working conditions essential to the best performance of services and the most effective delivery of health care through UNAP

Section 4. To promote the welfare of the health care consumer by providing progressively better access to and utilization of health care resources in this country.

Section 5. To fight all forms of bias in health care delivery due to race, creed, sex, age, sexual preference, social, political or economic status, national origin, or physical handicap.

Section 6. To promote UNAP Locals participation in community health programs, health systems, agencies, as well as any other regulatory body affecting the delivery of health care.

Section 7. To work for passage and retention of just laws which will improve the climate for health care consumers, nurses, allied health professionals, and other health care employees.

 ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. All non-supervisory employees of the Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island including nurses, health professionals, technicians, and other health care employees are eligible for membership.

Section 2. Supervisory personnel shall not obtain membership. Members who are promoted to positions with the rank of supervisor automatically are removed from membership on the effective date of the promotion.

Section 3. Employees in public or private health care facilities outside the jurisdiction of this Local may be admitted to membership until such time as a Local is chartered in their jurisdiction,

Section 4. No discrimination shall ever be shown towards individual members or applicants for membership because of race, creed, political activities or beliefs, sex, age, sexual preference, economic status, national origin or physical handicap. Wherever the use of he, his, him, she, hers, or her occurs, that shall refer to both male and female gender.

Section 5 A member may be expelled for acts detrimental to Local #5067 upon presentation of written charges signed by at least one-fourth (1/4) the total membership and approved by at least three-fourths (3/4) the Local's Executive Council. The member shall have the right to appeal the decision to the membership at the following membership meeting and shall be reinstated with full rights if a majority of the members present vote to reinstate.

Section 6      A member shall be considered in good standing provided dues are paid and continue to remain current and the person meets at least one of the following:

Section 7      Each member in good standing is entitled to one vote on any issue presented for consideration at a meeting of the Union.

 ARTICLE IV

OFFICERS

Section l. The following officers shall be elected biennially by this Local:

President

Senior Vice President

Vice President (4)

Secretary

Treasurer

The four (4) Area Vice-Presidents shall be the Registered Nurse Vice-president , the Medical Professional Vice-President , and the Medical Technical Vice-President , and the Certified Nursing Assistant Vice-president . Eligibility for office shall be determined by the Election Committee.

Section 2      Membership in good standing for at least one (1) year is required to hold office. This retirement shall be waived where there has been a newly certified bargaining unit.

Section 3      An Election Committee made up to six (6) interested non-candidate (4 members shall be elected by a show of hands at the first meeting of the calendar year in an election year.

Section 4      Elections shall be held by secret ballot during the month of April in even-numbered years. Notice of the election shall be made by mail and received by the membership at least fifteen (15) days prior to the date of the election. A reasonable nomination period shall precede the election and nominations must be accompanied by petitions signed by at least ten (10) members. For a candidate that is to represent a group equal to or less than fifty (50) members, nominations must be accompanied by a petition signed by one percent (1%) of the members within that group. Candidates receiving a plurality shall be elected. Candidates are installed immediately upon certification of election results by the Election Committee.

Section 5 Vacancies in any office shall be filled by the Executive Council.

Section 6      Elections shall be by secret ballot. The election shall be decided for the candidate receiving the most votes.

Section 7      All officers and employees handling any monies for this union shall be bonded in the amounts and the form required by applicable statutes, said bond or bonds to be procured immediately upon assuming office or employment, the premiums to be paid for by this Union. The UNAP may direct the increase or decrease in the amount of the bond then they deem it advisable.

 ARTICLE V

COMMITTEES

Section 1. The following standing committees shall be active in this Local:

1. LMC Negotiating Committee

2. RHRI Negotiating Committee

Section 2. Special Committees shall be appointed, assigned duties, and apportioned powers by the President and Executive Council as they deem necessary to the proper functioning of the Local.

ARTICLE VI

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Section 1, The Executive Council of this Local shall consist of all elected officers.

Section 2. The Executive Council shall administer the policy of this Local as set by the membership at regular meetings. It shall have the power to act for the good of the Local in emergency situations where the policy cannot be set by the membership. The Executive Council shall not have the power to override a membership vote.

The Executive Committee shall set and administer all policies of the Union and be the final authority on all committee recommendations. The Executive Committee shall exercise the executive functions of the Union between meetings. The Executive Committee shall enforce the Union’s, and UNAP’s Constitution and By-Laws. It shall report upon all matters which in its judgment require consideration by the Union or which may have been committed to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall be further empowered to appropriate funds to defray necessary expenses that are incurred between the general membership meetings. All such appropriations of the Executive Committee shall be subject to the approval of the membership at the next general meeting.

Section 3. The President of the Local shall be the chairperson of the Executive Council.

                                             

Section 4. The time and place of the Executive Board meeting shall be set by the                     

Executive Council and announced at. the previous membership meeting. The Executive Committee shall meet monthly.

Section 5. The Executive Council shall have the power to employ all personnel an executive secretary, clerical help, and other persons on a full or part-time basis as may be determined by the needs and finances of the Local.

Section 6. The Executive Council shall have the power to make contracts and incur liabilities which may be appropriate to enable it to accomplish any or all of its purposes at such rates of interest and terms and conditions as they may deem appropriate; to issue notes, bonds, and other obligations; and to secure any of its obligations by mortgage, pledge, or deed of trust of all or any of its property and income.

Section 7. The Executive Council shall report its activities at each regular membership meeting.

 

Section 8 The presence of a majority of the current Executive Committee Members constitutes a quorum.

Section 9      The Executive Committee shall be kept informed on a monthly basis of all grievances and Unfair Labor Practices filed, and other pertinent information. The Executive Committee will approve the continuation of grievances to arbitration and filings with outside agencies, except Unfair Labor Practices.

Section 10    The Executive Committee shall exercise prudent fiscal management of the Union treasury and assets.

Section 11    The Executive Committee will approve an annual budget for the Union and approve any expenditure above $100.00, which is outside that budget.

Section 12    The Executive Committee shall report its activities at each regular membership meeting.

Section 13    The Executive Committee will approve appointments made by the President.

Section 14    The Executive Committee may appoint ad-hoc committees.

Section 15    The Executive Committee will decide all matters affecting the policies, aims, and means of accomplishing all purposes of the Union not specifically provided for in the Constitution or by action of the Union at a meeting.

Section 16.   All Executive Board members shall be chosen to serve as a delegate at all conventions of affiliated organizations by virtue of office.

Section 17    Any member of the Executive Committee who does not attend at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the Executive Committee meetings, (except for documented emergencies or an approved FMLA) in any calendar year may be removed from office by vote of the Executive Committee at a meeting called for that purpose, provided that the member to be judged has been given at least ten days written notice of the meeting and the contemplated action. This determination can be overturned if in the judgement of the President with the approval of the Executive Committee said absences were justified.

ARTICLE Vll

AFFILIATIONS

Section 1 The Local shall maintain affiliation with the United Nurses & Allied Professionals (UNAP) and send delegates to the UNAP biennial convention. The Local may send one (l) delegate per twenty-five (25) members to the convention. Delegates shall be nominated in writing. A delegate may nominate her/himself or be nominated by another Union member. If nominated by another Union member, the delegate must consent to the nomination. If there is a contest for delegate seats, a notice will be sent to all members announcing the time and place of a secret ballot election. If there is no such contest, all nominees shall be seated as delegates without an election. Alternate delegates may be seated with the approval of the Executive Board. The President and Secretary shall certify and forward the credentials of all delegates to the UNAP office as soon as possible but no later than twenty (20) days before the convening of the convention. The President shall confer with the Treasurer to make sure that the per capita is no more than two (2) months in arrears before the convening of the convention.

Section 2. All delegates shall make written reports to the Executive Council on meetings attended.

Section 3. Every reasonable effort shall be made by this Local to pay the legitimate expenses of delegates to meetings and conventions of affiliated organizations.

Section 4. The Local, to the best of its ability, shall be active in the affairs of affiliated organizations.

Section 5. Delegates to affiliated organizations shall meet the same requirements as officers of this Local, that is, they must be a member in good standing of this Local for at least one (1) year.

ARTICLE VII

DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section l. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Local and of the Executive Council. He/She shall be an ex-officio member of all committees (except the Audit Committee), sign all necessary papers and documents, and represent the Local when and where necessary. He/She shall make a report to the membership at least once each year summarizing the accomplishments of the Local and outlining plans for the next year,

be the executive officer of the Union. The actions of the President shall be subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.

Duties of the President shall be as follows:

Section 2, The Senior Vice President shall serve in the place of the President in the absence of that officer. The Senior Vice President shall service the facility from which he/she comes and assist the President as needed. The Senior Vice President shall serve as the chairperson of the Grievance Committee. Under the general direction of the Executive Committee the duties of the Senior Vice President shall be as follows:

Section 3. The Vice-Presidents are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the collective bargaining goals of the Local are carried out on behalf of their constituents. In addition, the Vice-Presidents will assist the President, the Senior Vice President and the local stewards in handling matters of mutual concern to local members. The Vice-Presidents shall have the power to call meetings of stewards and/or members in their area of responsibility.

Section 4. The Secretary shall issue all notices, shall answer all correspondence at the direction of the President and shall report outside correspondence to the President and the Executive Council. The Secretary shall record the minutes of the Executive Board and of general membership meetings.

Section 5. The Treasurer shall receive, record, and deposit in the name of the Local all monies from dues and all other sources. He/She shall keep the membership roll, issue receipts, and delinquency notices. He/She shall forward all per capita dues and current membership lists to the Office of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals and to other affiliated organizations to keep this Local in good standing at all times. Special care shall be taken to see that per capita tax is not more than two (2) months in arrears prior to the opening date of the UNAP Convention to make sure delegates from this Local may be seated. The Treasurer shall be Chairperson of the Budget Committee. He/She shall present a written report to all members once each year. The Treasurer shall pay all bills authorized by the adopted budget, retaining voucher or invoice for same. Expenses not authorized in the budget must be presented to the Executive Council for authorization.

 Section 7.     THE UNION STEWARDS.          

Union Stewards shall be nominated by the Vice President/Chief Union Stewards and appointed by the Executive Committee. All Executive Committee Officers shall be stewards by virtue of office Stewards may be removed by the Executive Committee for the cause. Union Stewards shall receive full dues reimbursement on the third Monday in November pending compliance with the fulfillment of duties listed below.        

     The Union Stewards shall:

ARTICLE XI

DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEES

Section l. The Negotiating Committee will prepare and substantiate salary and other contract proposals. They will present these proposals for approval      of the membership and then shall negotiate these proposals with the employer,

Section 2. The Budget Committee shall aid the Treasurer in handling local funds and perform an oversight function with regard to local finances. The Budget Committee shall prepare a budget for adoption by the membership at least one (l) month prior to the beginning of the next fiscal year. The fiscal year shall be July I through June 30.

Section 3. The Grievance Committee shall act on all grievances submitted in writing to the Executive Council. It shall present to the Executive Council a procedure for handling grievances. This Committee shall cause the procedure to be publicized as widely as possible. A Grievance Committee shall be established by appointment from the President. This committee shall consist of not less than three (3) members, two of which shall be officers or Union Stewards. All shifts shall have Union Stewards. The Chief Union Steward shall serve as chair. The Chairperson shall report to the membership at all regular scheduled meetings and at special meetings, if applicable.

Section 4      The Health and Safety Committee shall advise members of the Executive Committee on health and safety issues that affect members. This committee shall act as an advocate for members on these issues and shall research related issues for contract negotiations.

Section 5      The Committee on Political Education (COPE) shall educate members about issues and legislative affecting the Union, labor organizations, or the Hospital. It may raise money for political contributions. COPE will recommend to the Executive Committee political endorsements and contributions. This Committee shall coordinate an annual fundraiser.

Section 6      The Membership Organizing Committee shall be responsible for developing member services benefits, activities, and the planning of social events.

Section 7      The Education and Diversity Committee shall provide educational workshops, act as an advocate for members, and provide a forum for discussion and action regarding issues of inclusion for all members. The Committee will also actively encourage participation of members in the Union to reflect the diversity in the workplace. Additionally, the Committee is responsible for developing and implementing a plan of action in partnership with the Professional Development and Education Officer and shall raise such issues for contract negotiations.

Section 8      The Budget Committee shall develop long-range financial plans for the Union and draft, with the aid of the Treasurer, a preliminary annual budget to be presented to the Executive Committee by April. The budget should include salaries for officers, working monies for the committees, and other necessary Union expenditures. The fiscal year shall be October 1 through Septembers 30. The Budget Committee shall recommend to the membership at the annual meeting compensation appropriate for the elected officers. The Budget Committee shall recommend the level of dues necessary to fund the proposed budget.

 ARTICLE X

MEETINGS

Section l, The time and place of meetings shall be fixed by the President. Special meetings will be fixed by the Executive Council.

Section 2. There shall be at least two (2) meetings per year.

Section 3. A quorum shall consist of five percent (5%) of the total membership.

ARTICLE XI

FINANCE

Section l. Regular dues shall be fixed by a majority secret ballot by members present at any regular meeting. Providing notice of the contemplated dues increase has been announced by mail at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting date. For the purposes of this section, email, sent to the last known email address shall be deemed sufficient to meet the mail notification requirement.

Section 2 The local shall increase the local dues to equal to any increase in per-capita payments that are required to be made to UNAP

Section 3. Additional finances may be obtained by fundraising activities.

Section 4. The Treasurer books shall be audited yearly.

Section 5. All of the aforesaid matters covered by the section, including without limitation, funds, solicitations, gifts, and donations, shall at all times be subject to audit by UNAP and all books, records and documents pertaining to matters covered by the section shall be available for inspection, copying and audit by UNAP.

Section 6 The title to all property, funds and other assets of this Union shall at all times be vested in the Local Executive Committee for the joint use of the membership of this Union, but no member shall have any severable proprietary right, title, or interest therein. Membership in this organization shall not vest any member with any right, title or interest in or to the funds, property or other assets of this Union now owned and possessed or that may be hereafter acquired. Each member hereby expressly waives any right, title or interest in or to the property of this Union, including the Funds of this Union.

 ARTICLE XII

RULES OF ORDER

Section 1 Roberts Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern in all cases not covered by this Constitution or by the By-Laws of this Local. .The rules contained in “Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised” shall govern this Union in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with rules regularly adopted by this Union. The Union Executive Committee shall be the authority to resolve matters not covered in this Constitution or the By-Laws.

ARTICLE Xlll

AMENDMENTS

Section 1      This Constitution may be amended by submitting a proposed amendment(s) at any regular membership meeting. Such proposal(s) shall be read to the assembled members. Approval by three-fourths (3/4) of the members present shall be sufficient to adopt the proposed amendment.

Section 2      By-Laws may be amended by submitting proposed amendment(s) at any regular membership meeting. Such proposal(s) shall be read to the assembled members. Approval by a majority of the members present shall be sufficient to adopt the proposed amendment.

ARTICLE XIV

AVAILABILITY OF CONSTITUTION

Section 1. Three copies of this Constitution and all future amendments shall be submitted to the Office of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals.

Section 2. Copies shall be made available to other affiliated organizations upon request to the Secretary.

Section 3. Copies shall be available for any member of this Local upon request to the Secretary.

 ARTICLE VX

BYLAWS

Section 1      Effective January 1, 2019, and each January 1st thereafter, Local dues shall be adjusted upward by, but not more than, the cost of living index (CPI-U) for the relevant period of the previous year as calculated for the northeast region of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. CNA's other service employees and maintenance employees shall pay 25% less than the Local dues set forth herein.

Section 2      Members who work one-half ½ the regular work week or less shall pay the UNAP dues rates plus one-half ½ the Local dues. Members earning more than the maximum rate, as set by UNAP shall pay full dues (Currently set at $17.83 per month plus the monthly Local 5067 dues rate).

Section 3      Members with an annual income of less the maximum rate set by UNAP shall pay half one-half ½ the UNAP rate (Currently $14.15 per month plus the monthly Local 5067 dues rate). than twelve thousand dollars ($12,000) or amount mandated by the UNAP shall pay one-half of the regular monthly dues.

Section 4      A member on an unpaid leave of absence, or who is not receiving monies from the Landmark Medical Center and/or Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, shall be considered an inactive member, not liable for dues during that period. The Treasurer must be notified as soon as possible. The member shall become liable for dues upon return to work.

Section 5      A member on a paid leave of absence, receiving monies from the Landmark Medical Center and/or Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island shall be subject to regular payment of dues to remain in good standing.

Section 6      Members who choose not to pay dues by payroll deduction shall pay the annual amount for the fiscal year beginning July 1st through June 30th and shall be responsible for payment of per capita increases during that year. Annual payments shall be mailed to the Treasurer by May 30ül of each year.

Section 7      A Negotiating Team for each facility shall be appointed by the President Any elected officer from a facility shall serve on that facility's Negotiating Team. A Negotiating Team Recording Secretary shall be elected from the team members.

Section 8      With respect to Local #5067, it shall be a chargeable offense for a member to knowingly work for the employer against whom a strike has been called, Charges against a member not honoring a strike shall be made in writing, signed by the member or members making such charges and presented to the President. The Secretary shall send a copy of the letter to the accused party. If the party feels that he/she has been unjustly accused, a hearing will be scheduled with the Executive Council and members involved. Where charges are upheld, the member will be fined seventy-five percent (75%) of their net pay.

Section 9      An officer who misses a total of four (4) consecutive regular membership meetings without just cause (sickness or personal emergency constitutes just cause) shall be removed from the Executive Council.

Section 10    Representatives. About ten (10) Representatives from LMC and about five (5) Representatives from RHRI will be appointed by the President. Any Representative who misses two (2) consecutive monthly Rep meetings without being excused shall be removed from his/her position by a vote of the Executive Council. The member shall be notified of his/her status by mail.

Section 11    With respect to Local #5067, any new employee who has not joined the Union in sixty (60) days from their hire date will be charged a seventy-five-dollar ($75.00) penalty fee, which shall be PAID to the Union Treasurer upon signing a membership card.

Section 12    With respect to Local #5067, a member who resigns from the Union will not be eligible to rejoin without paying a Reinstatement Fee of seventy-five dollars ($75.00) which shall be PAID to the Union Treasurer upon signing a membership card.

Section 13 The title to all property, funds and other assets of this Union shall at all times be vested in the Local Executive Committee for the joint use of the membership of this Union, but no member shall have any severable proprietary right, title, or interest therein. Membership in this organization shall not vest any member with any right, title or interest in or to the funds, property or other assets of this Union now owned and possessed or that may be hereafter acquired. Each member hereby expressly waives any right, title or interest in or to the property of this Union, including the Funds of this Union.

ARTICLE XVI – STRIKES AND LOCKOUTS

Section 1.     In order to authorize a strike, at least seventy five percent (75%) of the bargaining unit members in attendance at a duly authorized strike vote must vote to approve strike action. The strike vote shall be conducted by secret ballot vote at special membership meeting specifically called for such purpose. In case of a dispute between this Union and an employer or employers, the Union shall notify the President of UNAP immediately. This Union shall not call a strike without previous notification to UNAP and the UNAP President.

ARTICLE XVII – QUORUM

Section 1.     A quorum shall consist of five percent (5%) of the membership and the majority of the Executive Committee assembled at a regular or special meeting, called in accordance with the Constitution, and they shall be qualified to transact such business as may properly be considered at such meeting.

Signature Section

 Approved on this                   day of             20    

 For Local 5067                                                             

constitutional Committee

Constitutional Revision Ratified: March 30, 1984

Constitutional Revision Ratified: May 30, 1990

Constitutional Revision Ratified: February 7, 1996 Constitutional Revision Ratified: July 29, 1998

Constitutional Revision Ratified: February 9,2000

Constitutional Revision Ratified: March 3, 2004

By-Laws Revision Ratified: September 33, 1985

By-Laws Revision Ratified: March 27, 1991

By-Laws Revision Ratified: February 7, 1996, By-Laws Revision Ratified: July 29, 1998

By-Laws Revision Ratified: February 9, 2000

By-Laws Revision Ratified: January 30, 2002

This edition printed: January 2019