General Membership Meeting

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Date(s) - Monday, June 7, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Register for our June Membership Meeting 

  • Please register at bit.ly/btugmmj
  • You must register by June 6 at 11:59pm to have your current membership checked and to receive the webinar link.

JUNE 7 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT VOTE

WHY A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT?

Based on AFT’s recommendations after the 2019 BTU Election to consider amending our constitution and permitting greater access to voters.

After the 2019 BTU officer election, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Executive Council investigated the election and campaign practices and issued the following statement: “The council strongly recommends that the BTU consider implementing reasonable campaigning rules that permit greater access to the voters by all candidates and that facilitates member participation in elections to the greatest extent possible.” The council also stated that “we do recommend that BTU consider amending its constitution to allow any member to request an absentee ballot or to allow for secret mail-ballot elections, to maximize participation by BTU members in internal elections.”

In light of these recommendations, the Executive Boards of the BTU have proposed a Constitutional Amendment. BTU is seeking membership’s feedback on potential steps forward. With hopes of maximizing BTU member access in the 2022 election of officers we are considering a variety of options, each with different benefits and costs. Please attend to vote and have your voice heard. 

WHAT WERE THE RESULTS OF THE BTU MEMBERS’ VOTING METHODS SURVEY FOR PSRPS?

BLUE) The entire BTU membership receives a mail-in ballot with no in-person locations (approximately $35,000) 57.1%

(RED) The entire BTU membership receives a mail-in ballot with 1 in-person location (approximately $60,000) 25.7%

(Orange) The entire BTU membership receives a mail-in ballot with 6 in-person location (approximately $125,000+) 11.4%

WHAT WERE THE RESULTS OF THE BTU MEMBERS’ VOTING METHODS SURVEY FOR TEACHERS?

BLUE) The entire BTU membership receives a mail-in ballot with no in-person locations (approximately $35,000) 61.1%

(RED) The entire BTU membership receives a mail-in ballot with 1 in-person location (approximately $60,000) 24.6%

(Orange) The entire BTU membership receives a mail-in ballot with 6 in-person location (approximately $125,000+) 7.2%

In light of the survey results and the AFT report the BTU Executive Board proposed a constitutional amendment that reads:

“Elections for officers shall be elected by secret ballot mailed to members in good standing of the Union. Members in good standing shall also have the option of in-person voting at one location. Voting shall be conducted by the AAA or TrueBallot in accordance with the requirements of this Constitution and any applicable law.”

What happened next?

  • The proposal was approved by the BTU Executive Board on April 8, 2021.
  • The amendment would be voted on at the BTU General Membership Meeting on June 7.
  • In order to be amended, the threshold would be a ⅔ vote of the members present of each chapter, as established by the BTU Constitution.
  • A proposed amendment shall be published in an official publication of both Chapters at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting at which it is to be considered and shall be sent to each member.

How will Members Vote Live at the June 7th General Membership Meeting?

  • Members will vote live at the General Membership Meeting
  • The format will look like information sharing, then discussion, then the vote.
  • PSRPs will vote with PSRPs.
  • Teachers  will vote with Teachers.
  • Voting is Anonymous.
  • The ballot is simply a Yes/No ballot.
  • The amendment needs 2/3 yes votes from both chapters to pass.

Come vote.

Contact your field representative for more information.

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