Article 7.

Article VII – EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Section 1. Membership and Organization

1.1. The Executive Council of the local shall consist of the elected officers and the appointed Chair of the Collective Bargaining Committee.

1.2. The Executive Council shall meet at least once per academic term. In cases when there is no business to consider, the Executive Council may cancel the meeting. However, the Executive Council shall meet at least once during the academic year.

1.3. The President of the local shall be the Chairperson of the Executive Council.

1.4. The Executive Council shall make decisions by a show of hands at an Executive Council meeting, or by telephone or electronic communication when needed or convenient (but only if no member of the Executive Council objects to decisions being made outside of a Council meeting).

1.5. Decisions shall be by majority vote. No member may cast more than one vote, except in the case of a tie. In the case of a tie vote, the President (or presiding officer) shall first seek consensus among the members, but, failing that, the President may break the tie by casting one additional vote.

Section 2. Powers

2.1. 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; to borrow money for WOUFT purposes at such rates of interest as terms and conditions as they may determine; to issue notes, bonds, and other obligations; and to secure any of its property by mortgage, pledge, or deed of trust of all or any of its property and income. All such activities shall be subject to approval of the membership.

2.2. The Executive Council shall have the power to act for the good of the local in emergency situations where the policy cannot be set by the membership.

2.3. The Executive Council may create standing or special committees to carry out the interests and business of the local.

Section 3. Duties

3.1. The Executive Council shall direct the President to administer the policy of the local as set by the membership at regular and special meetings.

3.2. The Executive Council shall review and adopt the Treasurer’s annual budget in March prior to the beginning of the next fiscal year. The adopted budget will be reported to membership at the spring regular meeting.

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

3.4. The Executive Council shall appoint a Chair of Collective Bargaining, as described in Article V, Section 4. Should the Bargaining Committee Chair resign, the President, Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer shall convene and appoint a new Chair as described in Article V, Section 4.

3.5. The Executive Council will seek nominations and conduct elections for WOUFT delegates to the AFT-Oregon annual convention and the AFL-CIO annual convention. Nominations and elections must be completed by AFT-Oregon and AFL-CIO deadlines. Nominations are open to all regular members in good standing.