1. The name of this local shall be Elk Island local association of The Alberta Teachers’ Association (the Association or the ATA).
4. The objects of this local association shall be to further the objects of The Alberta Teachers’ Association as set out in Section 4 of the Teaching Profession Act and the General Bylaws of The Alberta Teachers’ Association.
5. This local association shall have the power, subject to approval of the Provincial Executive Council of The Alberta Teachers’ Association, to levy fees for membership in this local association such as are determined from time to time in a general meeting of the local association. Such fees shall be additional to the fees prescribed by the Annual Representative Assembly.
7. The governing body of this local shall be a general meeting of its members, 85 of whom shall constitute a quorum.
9. There shall be constituted a local council of this local consisting of
(a) all members of the executive committee;
(b) school representatives, other than executive committee members, elected by
September by each staff according to the following schedule: one school
representative for every 50 teachers or part thereof in that school;
(c) one representative elected by the combined staff of all schools which have four or fewer
(d) local representatives if not members of the executive committee;
(e) presidents of sublocals who shall be excluded from becoming school representatives
(f) chair and one other representative of the substitute teacher group;
(g) chair of standing committees if not members of the executive committee, local
representatives or school representatives; and
(h) convention representatives if not included in (a) to (g).
(a) to administer the affairs of the local association, including adoption of an audited annual
financial statement and approval of an annual budget;
(b) to elect all ad hoc committees;
(c) to approve frames of reference for each of its committees;
(d) to hear reports from committees and decide on action to be taken, if any;
(e) to appoint representatives to the ATA Summer Conference and to other events requiring
local representation on an ad hoc basis; and
(f) to deal with other matters not inconsistent with this constitution or the General Bylaws of
The Alberta Teachers’ Association.
15. The executive committee of this local shall consist of the president, three vice-presidents, past president, secretary, treasurer, local communications officer and the chairs of the following committees: TBAC, EPC, NSC and PD.
16. It shall be the duty of the executive committee to prepare the agenda of business for all meetings; to exercise general supervision of the affairs of the local association; to prepare and Elk Island Local transmit to the head office of The Alberta Teachers’ Association such reports and statements with reference to the affairs of the local association as may be required by the Provincial Executive Council of The Alberta Teachers’ Association; to ensure that all Association monies are used to further the objects of the Association as set out in the Teaching Profession Act; to ensure that there is liaison between the local and all employing boards within the local; and, when time is of the essence, to assume the functions of the local council.
17. The executive committee shall meet monthly from September to June or as often as local business requires.
Notice of Meetings
18. Notices of intent to hold a general, special, local council or executive committee meeting shall be provided to an authorized representative at each school or worksite by the secretary at least five school days before such meeting is to be held, and such notices shall include an outline or agenda of business to be discussed at the meeting, provided, however, that any meeting may, by a two-thirds vote of the total number of members on the roster, waive notice of a meeting or of any motion brought before the meeting.
22. (1) An ATA officer shall not vote. A district representative shall not vote except at a general meeting of a local of which the representative is a member.
(2) President—The duties of the president shall be
(a) to call and preside at all general, special, local council and executive committee meetings
of this local association;
(b) to exercise general supervision over the affairs of this local association;
(c) to serve as a local representative to representative assemblies; and
(d) to serve as a member of TBAC and ex-officio member of all other local committees.
(e) to serve as chief executive officer of the local
(a) to take charge of the affairs of this local association in the absence of the president,
(b) to assist the president in the discharge of duties,
(c) to act as chair of the local representatives committee,
(d) to act as chair of political action committee,
(e) to act as chair of nominations committee and
(f) to serve as a local representative to representative assemblies.
(a) to keep accurate records of all proceedings of this local association;
(b) to bring before the executive committee of this local association all communications
received by the local;
(c) to prepare and send to the head office of The Alberta Teachers’ Association such
statements and reports as may be required from time to time;
(d) to prepare and send notices calling all meetings, whether regular, special, local
council or executive committee; and
(e) to serve as a local representative to representative assemblies.
(a) to prepare at the direction of the executive committee, an annual budget for the local;
(b) to keep accurate records of all monies received and collected and to take charge of same;
(c) to prepare an annual financial statement for audit purposes;
(d) to make the necessary disbursements of the funds of this local association as
authorized by the executive committee or local council; and
(e) to serve as a local representative to representative assemblies.
(6) Local representatives—The duties of each local representative of this local association shall be
(a) to represent this local association at all representative assemblies of The Alberta
(b) to report the proceedings of all representative assemblies to the local council and to such
other gatherings as may be decided,
(c) to attend meetings of the local council of this local association and
(d) to attend general meetings of this local association.
(a) to represent their staffs at all meetings of the local,
(b) to report on the activities of the local council to their respective staffs and
(c) such other duties as are requested by the local council or The Alberta Teachers'
(8) Local communications officer—It shall be the responsibility of this officer to carry out a communications program with the teachers in the local and between the local and its various publics.
All actions of this officer shall be subject to prior approval by the executive of the local involved.
(9) Past-president—The duties of the past-president shall be
(a) to advise and assist the president in the execution of duties as required,
(b) to serve as a local representative to representative assemblies and
(c) to be the chief returning officer for elections.
23.(1) Economic policy committee (EPC)—The duties of this committee shall be
(a) as outlined in the frame of reference for the EPC.
(a) to assume general responsibility for all professional development activities including
convention undertaken by this local association,
(b) to be responsible for the teachers institute day,
(c) to elect representatives from within the committee to serve on the convention board and
(d) to assume other duties as specified by the executive.
(a) to determine which elected local council terms will be expiring,
(b) to ensure that at least one candidate is nominated to fill each vacant position and
(c) to report the names of the candidates at the local council meeting prior to the annual
general election meeting.
(a) to study and report on resolutions of the annual representative assembly;
(b) to study and gather data on issues relevant to this local association and prepare
resolutions for the annual representative assembly; and
(c) to receive and consider resolutions for the annual representative assembly from Elk Island
members of this local association, forward them to the secretary who, subject to the
approval of local council, will forward them to the head office of The Alberta Teachers’
(7) C T DeTro Memorial Fund Committee—The duties of this committee shall be
(a) to receive and consider all applications for funds,
(b) to disburse funds in accordance with the frames of reference of the committee.
(a) to elect a chair who will also be a member of EPC and NSC;
(b) to report to local council each month;
(c) to act as a liaison between the teachers of the local, senior administration and the board;
(d) to select members of the committee to sit at the consultation committee of the board
and help review policy, and react to policy developed by central office and the board.
24. (1) The president shall be elected biennially by the members of the local not later than June 15 of the election year.
(b) The professional development committee, local representatives committee and TBAC shall
be elected in accordance with each committee's frame of reference.
(b) EPC members shall take office consistent with the committee's frame of reference.
(c) Convention association representatives shall be elected (or appointed) in the number
prescribed by the convention association to assume duties not later than April 1 of each year.
25. This local shall have such sublocals as are required by the members of this local and approved by local council.
28.(1) At the request of 10 or more substitute teacher members, this local shall organize a substitute teacher group.
(a) Its objects shall be to advance the professional skills and knowledge unique to substitute
teaching and to advance within the local the special interests of substitute teachers.
(b) It shall have at least one general meeting per year.
(c) It shall elect a chair, a vice-chair, a secretary-treasurer, and two members-at-large to
an executive which shall be responsible for organizing activities to promote the objects
of the group.
(d) Its executive shall present to the local an annual report of its activities and of the
disbursement of its funds.
Provincial Association Intervention
29. (1) In this section
(a) investigated local officer means a local officer whose conduct is under investigation
pursuant to subsection (2);
(b) investigator is the individual appointed by the table officers pursuant to subsection (2);
(c) local officer means the president, vice-president, past president or secretary-treasurer
(or secretary or treasurer) of a local association or any other officer appointed or elected
by a local association;
(d) Provincial Executive Council means the executive council as defined in section 11 of the
Teaching Profession Act;
(e) table officers means the Association’s officers as defined in Bylaw 35;
(f) executive secretary means the chief executive officer of the Association or a person
designated by the executive secretary; and
(g) staff officer means a member of executive staff designated by the executive secretary.
Suspension or Removal from Office of Local Officers
(2) Where the table officers have or receive information which leads them to believe that a local officer
(a) has neglected his or her duties to the extent that the proper operation of the local
association is being negatively affected,
(b) is mentally incapacitated,
(c) is engaging in corrupt practices,
(d) is engaging in financial malpractice or
(e) has undertaken activities inconsistent with the principles and policies of the Alberta
the table officers may initiate an investigation into the conduct of the local officer by appointing an individual to conduct an investigation and to provide a written report to the table officers within a specified time with respect to the results of the investigation.
(6) The investigated local officer may appeal a suspension from office under subsection (4) to the Provincial Executive Council by filing a notice of appeal with the executive secretary within 30 days of being notified of the suspension.
(a) answer any inquiries the investigator may have relating to the investigation;
(b) produce any records or other property in the investigated local officer’spossessionor under
his or her control that are or may be related in any way to the investigation;
(c) give up possession of any record for the purpose of allowing the investigator to make a copy
and return the records within a reasonable time of receiving the records; and
(d) attend before the investigator for the purpose of complying with (a), (b) or (c) of this
(13) Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator shall submit a written report to the table officers and a copy of the written report shall be provided to the investigated local officer.
(a) remove the investigated local officer from office;
(b) restrict the investigated local officer’s eligibility for office in the future;
(15) If the table officers remove the investigated local officer from office, then the table officers may appoint another individual to assume the duties of the investigated local officer until a new local officer is elected or appointed to the position in accordance with this constitution.
(17) If an investigated local officer appeals the decision of the table officers, Provincial Executive Council shall, as soon as practicable, consider representations of the table officers and the investigated local officer and shall determine if the decision of the table officers shall be confirmed, varied or set aside.
(19) Subject to a two-thirds majority vote, Provincial Executive Council may appoint an official trustee to conduct the affairs of the local, subject to any terms and conditions the Provincial Executive Council considers necessary:
(a) when a local council fails to comply with the requirements of section 11;
(b) when the Provincial Executive Council considers it in the interests of the Association to
(20) The local may appeal the appointment of an official trustee to a representative assembly.
(21) An official trustee appointed under subsection (19) has the powers and duties conferred by the General Bylaws on a local and conferred by this constitution.
(23) An official trustee continues in office until the Provincial Executive Council or a representative assembly determines that the official trusteeship is no longer necessary.
30. The financial year of this local shall be July 1 to June 30.
32. Amendments to this constitution may be made after a two-month notice of motion by a two-thirds vote at a general meeting of this local association, subject to ratification by the Provincial Executive Council of The Alberta Teachers’ Association.
Ratified by Provincial Executive Council; 1994 12 03
Ratified by TOC on behalf of PEC ;1995 02 06, 2011 11 09
Revised as per PEC requirements; 2008 11 18
Ratified by Table Officers on behalf of PEC; 2011 12 13
Ratified by Provincial Executive Council; 2012 06 14-15
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