Article I - Title and Purpose
Section 1: The name of this organization shall be the National Education Association Gay Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus (NEA-GLBTC).
Section 2: The NEA-GLBTC is established for the purpose:
A. To protect the rights and interests of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members of the Association and their supporters.
B. To promote recognition of the needs and constitutional rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, both self-identified or perceived.
C. To advance understanding and acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in all areas of society.
D. To influence NEA policy.
Article II - Membership
Section 1: Membership & Voting Rights
A. Active membership shall be open to all persons who are active members of the NEA, employees of NEA and its state and local affiliates, or life members of the NEA. Active membership has full voting rights.
B. Student membership shall be open to all student NEA members. Student membership has full voting rights.
C. Retired membership shall be open to all NEA-retired members. Retired membership has full voting rights.
D. Associate membership shall be open to all persons who support the goals of the NEA-GLBTC. Associate membership does not have voting rights.
A. Membership shall become effective upon payment of dues and membership year runs from July 1 through June 30.
B. Membership must be purchased prior to the end of RA business on the day before Caucus elections in order to vote in the current election.
Article III - Authority
A. The decision-making authority on all issues before the NEA-GLBTC will be the members of the Caucus attending official Caucus meetings during the NEA RA.
B. Between Caucus meetings and between NEA RA conventions, such authority shall be vested in the Steering Committee.
Article IV - Officers
A. The Co-Chairs shall call and preside at meetings and make committee appointments as necessary.
B. The Secretary shall record the minutes of each meeting, keep attendance records, and be responsible for keeping an accurate record of the Bylaws and Standing Rules.
C. The Treasurer shall receive and have custody of all funds collected by the Caucus, pay bills as authorized by the Co-Chairs, and provide for an annual financial statement at the NEA-RA.
Article V – Regional Directors
Section 1: There shall be a male/non-binary identified and female/non-binary identified Regional Director from each NEA Region.
Section 2: Regional Directors shall operate under the direction of the Caucus Co-Chairs.
Section 3: Term of office for Regional Directors will be two years.
Section 4: Regional Directors shall take office at the close of the NEA RA.
Article VI - Appointed Directors
Section 1: The Co-Chairs will appoint Directors of, but not limited to: Dinner, Outreach, Expo Booth Communications, and RA Logistics by October 1 of each year.
Section 2: The Co-Chairs have the authority to appoint other directors, as needed, with the approval of the Steering Committee.
Section 3: Specific duties shall be assigned by the Co-Chairs in accordance with policies set forth by the Steering Committee.
Article VII - Steering Committee
Section 1: The Steering Committee shall be composed of the Officers, the Regional Directors, Dinner Director, Outreach Director, Expo Booth Communications Director, RA Logistics Director, and other appointed Directors.
Section 2: Any NEA-GLBTC member who has voting rights may run for a Steering Committee position. If the person is seeking an officer position, then that person needs to have been a member of the Caucus for at least one year.
Section 3: The Steering Committee shall act as the governing board of the NEA-GLBTC. In addition, the Steering Committee shall recommend an annual budget and revision of Bylaws, as needed.
Section 4: The Steering Committee shall meet at least once between NEA Representative Assemblies.
Article VIII - Committees
Section 1: Standing Committees and any other Committees and their chairs shall be appointed by the Co-Chairs. standing committees of the caucus shall be Elections, Awards, Candidate Recommendation, Dinner, Outreach, Bylaws, Guy DeRosa Book Fund, RA Logistics, Expo Booth Communications, and Communications.
Section 2: The Steering Committee shall have the authority to appoint other ad hoc committees as needed.
Section 3: Specific duties, including reporting, shall be assigned by the Co-Chairs in consultation with the Steering Committee.
Article IX- Representation
Section 1: The NEA-GLBTC shall strive to achieve at least 20% ethnic minority membership.
Section 2: The NEA-GLBTC shall strive to include ethnic minority membership representation on the Steering Committee.
Section 3: The NEA-GLBTC shall strive to achieve membership representative of the transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender non–binary communities.
Section 4: The NEA-GLBTC shall strive to achieve membership representative of the transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non–binary communities on the Steering Committee.
Article X - Meetings
Section 1: There shall be at least four meetings of the NEA-GLBTC during the NEA RA.
Section 2: A quorum shall consist of the active members present.
Article Xl - Nominations and Elections
A. The female/non-binary Co-Chair and the Secretary shall be elected in even numbered years. The male/non-binary Co-Chair and the Treasurer shall be elected in odd numbered years.
B. Nominations of Co-Chairs, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be submitted to the Co-Chairs by 5:00 pm, Pacific Time, April 15. Nominations for the above positions shall be closed and election for officers shall take place on the third day of business meetings of the NEA RA, by secret ballot, under procedures established in the Standing Rules.
C. Nominations for officers shall be limited to the candidate's name, state affiliate, position, and office the nominee seeks.
Section 2: Regional Directors
A. The female/non-binary Regional Director shall be elected during even numbered years, and the male/non-binary Regional Director shall be elected during odd numbered years.
B. Nominations for Regional Directors shall open on April 15 and close on the end of the second business day of meetings at the NEA RA. Nominations may be submitted in writing to the Co-Chairs or taken from the floor. Election for Regional Directors shall take place on the third day of business meetings of the NEA RA, by secret ballot, under procedures established in the Standing Rules.
C. Nominations for Regional Director shall be limited to the candidate’s name, state affiliate, position, and office the nominee seeks.
Section 3: All elections shall be held in accordance with the one person, one vote principle.
Section 4: To be eligible to run for NEA-GLBTC office at the Caucus or Regional Director level, a candidate must not have run for the same/similar office in the previous year.
Article XII - Vacancies
Section 1: If a vacancy occurs in any elected position, the Co-chairs, with approval of the Steering Committee, shall appoint a replacement to serve for the remainder of that term.
Article XIII - Finance
Section 1: Dues for membership shall be established at a meeting of the NEA-GLBTC during the NEA RA. The annual budget and dues structure, as presented by the Treasurer during the first business meeting, shall be voted on by the Caucus at the second business meeting.
Section 2: One percent of the total NEA-GLBTC budget shall be allotted to a contingency fund.
Article XIV - Standing Rules
Section 1: In addition to these Bylaws, the NEA-GLBTC shall be governed by such Standing Rules as adopted by the Caucus.
Article XV- Parliamentary Authority
Section 1: The most current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall be the authority on all questions of procedure not specifically stated in these Bylaws or in the Standing Rules.
Article XVI -Amendments
Section 1: Amendments to these Bylaws must be submitted in writing to the Secretary in one of the following methods:
A. Individual members must submit proposed amendments to the Secretary prior to November 1 for review and submission to the Caucus by the Steering Committee, which will include its statement of support or opposition.
B. Proposed amendments which carry the signatures of a minimum of five members representing at least two states must be submitted to the Secretary no later than April 1.
Section 2: Proposed amendments will be included in the newsletter published immediately prior to the NEA RA and will be posted on the Caucus website.
Section 3: Voting on amendments shall be by secret ballot and requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the active members present and voting.
Section 4: Proposed amendments become effective immediately upon passage.
Section 5: Voting on amendments will take place on the third day of business of the NEA RA.
Article XVII – Recall of Officers or Directors
Section 1: Officers and Directors of the NEA-GLBTC shall ethically and satisfactorily perform the duties of their office. If an Officer or Director of the NEA-GLBTC fails to ethically and satisfactorily perform the duties of their office, then such person may be removed for cause, following appropriate notice and hearing. It will be the responsibility of the Co-Chairs and/or the Steering Committee to ask the officer/director for their resignation or enforce removal procedures.
Section 2: Recall procedures
Recommendations for recall can be made by submission of petition of members of the NEA-GLBTC.
The petition should be submitted to the entire Steering Committee and list the reasons for such an action. The petition must contain signatures from at least 10 members per region.
Section 3: Removal procedures
The Steering Committee will notify any officer/director who has been recommended for recall within 10 business days. The officer/director will then have the opportunity to respond to the Steering Committee in writing within 10 business days.
A vote to suspend the officer/director and schedule a hearing at the next NEA RA will require an 80% vote of the Steering Committee. The Steering committee vote must occur within 10 business days of the response and may be held by conference call.
Notification of the recall hearing, the recall petition, the notification of charges, and the officer/director response will be posted prior to the first business meeting.
The recall hearing will be held during the first business meeting of the NEA GLBTC at the NEA RA. Petitioners and the officer/director will be allowed 10 minutes each to address the Caucus.
A successful recall shall consist of 2/3 of members voting. Voting will follow the procedures outlined in the Bylaws and Standing Rules.