Article X - Delegate Assembly
Section 1. Composition.
The Delegate Assembly shall consist of the members of the Board of Directors and the delegates elected by Locals.
Each Local shall be allocated one Delegate for each 75 members (with no rounding up of fractions), with a minimum of one delegate, who shall be the Local President. Calculation of the number of delegates shall be done annually by the Vice President, using data effective February 1. The Vice President shall be responsible for completing this calculation and for notifying Locals in writing of the number of delegate positions.
Each Local may also elect ranked alternate delegates equal in number to the number of delegates allowed to that Local. The candidates for delegate with the most votes in the election are selected as delegates, up to the number of delegate spots available. The remaining candidates, up to the number of alternate spots available, are ranked alternates in order based on their vote totals. Delegates and alternate delegates must be members of the Local they are elected to represent at the time of the Delegate Assembly or Special Delegate Assembly. In electing delegates, each Local shall endeavor to ensure that the overall delegation is balanced and representative of the entire Local.
If a local president is unable to attend a Delegate Assembly, the vice president will take the president’s place as a delegate. If the local has no vice president or the vice president cannot attend, the highest ranked alternate will become a delegate. If the president leaves the Delegate Assembly and the vice president is present, the vice president will take the president’s place. If the president leaves the Delegate Assembly and the vice president is not present, the highest ranked alternate will become a delegate.
Special Delegate Assemblies shall consist of those delegates and/or alternates eligible for seating at the last-held Delegate Assembly (if they remain eligible under Articles VIII and X and have not resigned) and the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Meetings.
Times and places of meetings of the Delegate Assembly shall be established by the Executive Committee. The President may call meetings other than those required by the Constitution with the concurrence of a majority of the Board of Directors or on petition of 25% of the delegates eligible for attendance to the last-held Delegate Assembly and representing no less than 80% of the Locals. The President shall be the presiding officer of the Delegate Assembly.
Section 3. Credentials Committee.
The Credentials Committee shall consist of five members. Trustees shall serve on the Committee. The Committee shall elect a chair. If fewer than five Trustees are on the Committee, the President may appoint additional members to fill the vacancies. The Committee shall entertain any challenges to the credentials of any delegate or alternate and shall present its finding to the Assembly, which will render final decisions.
Section 4. Funding.
For the annual Delegate Assembly, MAPE Central shall pay all costs for all delegates and for the first alternate from locals that had a balance of less than $15,000, as reported in Income/Expense Statements for July 31 of the previous year.
Locals will pay expenses of all alternates who attend special Delegate Assemblies.
Section 5. Resolutions Submitted to the Delegate Assembly.
(This section does not apply to resolutions modifying a governing document.)
Before the mailing and posting of proposed resolutions to the DA, any member of the statewide Executive Committee can object by motion to the consideration of the question. If the objection motion is passed by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee, the resolution will be dropped, not mailed, and not posted, and the resolution’s submitter will be notified as soon as possible.
The submitter of a resolution rejected by the Executive Committee may appeal to the Board of Directors at the next Board meeting. A two-thirds vote of the Board members present and voting would sustain the Executive Committee’s action. If less than two-thirds of the Board members present and voting vote to sustain, the resolution will be posted and mailed.