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The JACFA Constitution


I. Name
The name of the association shall be the John Abbott College Faculty
Association [J.A.C.F.A.].

II. Jurisdiction
The area or group served by this Association shall be all teachers salaried
under the terms of the Labour Code and under the jurisdiction of
John Abbott College.

III. Aim
The aims of the Association shall be:

1. to advance and to protect the syndical, professional, social and economic
welfare of its members;
2. to promote research and work in the field of education;
3. to co-operate with other organisations having similar aims.

IV. Membership
Membership in the Association shall be open to any person engaged by John
Abbott College to teach at the collegial level.

V. Dues
Association dues shall be set by the General Assembly. The said dues,
however, shall not be less than the minimum specified by the Labour Code.

VI. The Executive and its Election
1. The Executive of the Association shall consist of seven (7) members:
President, Vice President Internal, Vice President External, Secretary,
Treasurer and members at large.

2. The Executive shall be elected for a one-year term by the
General Assembly in May of each Year.

3. Vacancies in the Executive due to unforeseen circumstances shall be
filled through by-elections, at a time determined by the remaining members
of the Executive.

4. One month before the date of elections, the Executive shall appoint an
Elections Officer.

5. The office of the President shall be filled by direct election in a secret
ballot vote of the members present, unless acclaimed.

6. The other six positions on the Executive will be filled in one election
by secret ballot of the members present, unless six are acclaimed.

7. After the election, the elected Executive members shall meet and
assign roles and duties.

VII. Responsibilities of the Executive
The responsibilities of the Executive are:

1. to prepare the agenda of business for all meetings;

2. to exercise general supervision of the affairs of the Association;

3. to ensure that all Association money is used to further the aims of the
Association as set out in the Constitution;

4. to hire, to determine qualifications and tasks, and to decide upon
the salary and benefits of any employees of the Association.

VIII. Duties of the Executive Members

1. The President shall:
a) chair all Executive meetings and General Assemblies;
b) assign any necessary duties to the other members of the Executive;
c) retain the right to vote on General Assembly motions only in the
of a tie.

2. The Vice President Internal shall:

a) assume the duties of President in his/her absence if so delegated;
b) be responsible for all matters of an internal nature, designated as such
by the Executive.

3. The Vice President External shall:

a) be responsible for maintaining contacts with and attending meetings of
union federations with which the Association is affiliated where s/he will
represent JACFA's position or the General Assembly's decisions to the best of
her/his ability;
b) be responsible for other matters of an external nature, designated
as such by the Executive.

4. The Secretary shall:

a) be responsible for taking minutes of Executive meetings and
General Assemblies;
b) be responsible for preparing and seeing to the distribution of minutes,
notices and other correspondence to the membership.

5. The Treasurer shall:

a) keep accurate records of income and expenditures and take charge of
b) make the necessary disbursements of funds of the Association as
c) present an annual financial report for the approval of the membership
at an appropriate General Assembly.

6. Among other duties which may be assigned to them, members of the
Executive shall:

a) participate in any of the duties of the above listed members of the
b) organize the Association's publications;
c) be responsible for the membership's insurance policies;
d) coordinate Labour Relations matters;
e) be responsible for liaison with the women's committee(s) of other union
structures, keep the General Assembly informed of women's dossiers and act
as liaison with any local women's committee(s) established by the
General Assembly. [Amendment of General Assembly of May 14, 1991]
f) perform other tasks as they arise.

IX. The General Assembly
The General Assembly, a meeting open to all members of the Association,
shall be the ultimate decision-making body of the Association.

X. Meetings - Standing Orders

1. Of the Executive

a) The Executive shall meet when called by the President or by the written
request of two Executive members.
b) The Executive shall meet at least every four weeks except during
vacation periods.
c) Quorum for an Executive meeting is four (4) members.

2. Of the General Assembly

a) The General Assembly shall meet at the call of the Executive at
least once in each fall and winter semester.
b) The presence of 30 members will constitute a quorum for General
Assemblies. If a General Assembly fails to achieve the quorum of 30, the
quorum at the first and only the first subsequent General Assembly convened
on the same agenda is those present.
At least one week's written notice with agenda shall be sent to the
membership announcing each General Assembly, except in an emergency
when the Executive may call a special General Assembly with as little as
24 hours notice.

d) The Executive will give at least forty-eight hours' notice of ballots
dealing with withdrawal of services or involving monetary implications.
[Amendment of General Assembly of May 18, 2016]

e) A special General Assembly must be called within 15 days by the
Executive if twenty percent (20%) of the membership so petition.

3. All meetings of the Association shall be conducted in accordance
with Roberts' Rules.

XI. Committees
The General Assembly by simple majority may create and define the mandate
of either Standing Committees or Ad–hoc Committees of the Association.

XII. Amendments
This Constitution may be amended by the membership providing that written
notice is given four weeks prior to the General Assembly at which the
amendment is to be considered. A two-thirds (2/3) majority is necessary
for the amendment to be passed.

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Last update: April 6, 2017 [KH]