Article 8.

ARTICLE VIII – COMMITTEES

Section 1. Appointments.

1.1. Committees shall be composed of members of the local and shall be appointed by the Executive Council.

1.2. Chairpersons of the Committees shall be designated at the time of committee appointments by the Executive Council.

1.3. Whenever a new committee is added in the Constitution and Bylaws, initial appointments to the new committee shall be made within thirty (30) days from the effective date of the amendment, irrespective of the timeline for regular appointments in the description of the committee in these Bylaws. The initial appointees shall serve a term through the end of what otherwise would be a normal term, after which the regular appointment cycle will take place.

Section 2. Duties.

2.1. Committees shall assume duties assigned by the Executive Council.

2.2. Committees shall annually submit a written report and other reports as directed by the Executive Council.

2.3. Committees may form subcommittees as needed.

Section 3. Collective Bargaining Committee.

3.1. There shall be a WOUFT Collective Bargaining Committee.

3.2. Chair of the Collective Bargaining Committee: See Article V, Section 4 for the method, duration, and duties of appointment.

3.3. Members of the Collective Bargaining Committee: The officers of the Executive Council shall automatically be members of the collective bargaining committee, which may also be known as the bargaining team. The local shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure that at least one member from each academic division or unit (e.g., Library & Media Services) serves on the Collective Bargaining Committee. And while the Executive Council shall solicit a representative from the divisions and units, it shall be the Executive Council that determines the composition of the Collective Bargaining Committee. Only regular members of the local may serve on the Bargaining Committee. The committee shall be appointed in spring terms of years immediately preceding the year of expiration of the current contract for a term of two years. In the event that contract negotiations have not successfully concluded prior to the expiration of this term, the term will automatically be extended until such time that a new contract has been ratified. If there is a change in union officers during the collective bargaining process, the new officers will not replace the existing members of the Collective Bargaining Committee if they are actively negotiating the next iteration of the contract for the local.

3.4. Duties of the Collective Bargaining Committee: The duties of the Collective Bargaining Committee shall be to represent and to negotiate for the local on all collective bargaining matters related to the bargaining unit.

3.5. Members of the Collective Bargaining Committee must keep confidential all discussions, paperwork, and records of the committee, to be shared only with other WOUFT members, or officers and staff of AFT-Oregon and AFT, or agents of WOUFT, AFT-Oregon, or AFT. Collective Bargaining Committee members, by joining the Collective Bargaining Committee, are understood to agree to keep these discussions and documents confidential. Only documents specifically approved by the Collective Bargaining Committee to be presented to the WOU administration may be made more widely available. Any other internal discussions, paperwork, and records may only be shared outside of WOUFT members, AFT-Oregon and AFT officers and staff and their agents if under legal obligation to so under subpoena or court order. The Collective Bargaining Committee may, by majority vote, decide to release a document or information item from the confidentiality described here.

Section 4. Audit Committee.

An annual audit of the finance records and an Agency Fee calculation shall be performed by the Local. The Executive Council shall appoint a committee of no fewer than three members in good standing for the Audit Committee. The Treasurer may not serve as a member of the Audit Committee. The Treasurer shall make finance records available and be available to answer questions the Audit Committee may have regarding the finances of the Local.