ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Eligibility
1.1. Membership shall be either regular or associate. Regular membership is conferred on faculty who pay dues to the Local. Any employee included in any bargaining unit represented by the Local, or in a unit which is being organized by the Local, shall be eligible for regular member status. Associate membership is conferred on persons who are not in the bargaining unit but who choose to be associated with the Local, subject to Executive Council approval.
1.2. All those in the bargaining unit who do not pay dues are “fair share employees” and pay the agency fee.
1.3. Regular members shall be entitled to all rights and privileges in this organization.
1.4. Associate members have the same rights and privileges as regular members, except that they may not vote in elections or on collective bargaining agreements or on the question of dues; they may not run for officer or delegate.
1.5. Fair-share employees may observe regular meetings, but have no standing to participate in such meetings. Fair-share employees may not vote in any elections or on any issues including collective bargaining agreements or dues. Furthermore, fair-share employees may, by decision of the Executive Council, be excluded from attendance at all, or part, of any regular meetings. Fair-share employees may not run for positions of officer or delegate.
1.6. Anyone ineligible to enter into the bargaining unit because of supervisory or managerial responsibilities shall not be eligible for membership. A member who is promoted to such a position shall be automatically removed from membership on the effective date of the promotion. Such faculty may make voluntarily contributions; however, such contributions do not confer membership.
1.7. Employees who retire or leave the bargaining unit for any reason, except supervisory status, shall be eligible to continue membership as an associate member.
Section 2. Non-Discrimination
No discrimination shall be shown toward individual members or applicants for membership based on race, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, lifestyle, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, social or economic status, or political belief.
Section 3. Expulsion
A member may be expelled for acts detrimental to the union upon presentation of written charges signed by at least one fourth of the regular members and approved by a majority of the regular members present at the next regular meeting. The member shall have the right to appeal the decision to the membership at the following regular meeting and shall be reinstated with full rights if a majority of the members present vote to reinstate.