Bylaws

Movement of Rank & File Educators (MORE-­UFT) Rules and By­Laws

Article I­ Membership

Article II­ General Meetings

Article III­ Norms

Article IV­ Decision Making process

Article V ­Steering Elections and Procedures

Article VI ­MORE Steering Responsibilities

Article VII ­ MORE Steering Time Commitment

 

Article I-Membership

a. Regular membership shall be defined as those that are members of the UFT who have

paid regular membership dues to MORE. They shall have all the full rights of

membership. This can be paid yearly or as a sustaining member. For purposes of

these bylaws­ members are defined as regular members unless otherwise indicated.

b. Associate members are non­-UFT members

i. Associate members may speak freely at general membership

meetings, but shall not have voting rights.

ii. Associate members may join committees; speak, propose resolutions aligned

with MORE’s mission, and vote only within those committees.

c. $25 annual dues for Teachers, Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers (including

retired in these titles).

d. $10 annual dues for Paraprofessionals, Secretaries, Occupational Therapists, Physical

Therapists, Lab Technicians, School Nurses, and other functional titles (including

retired in these titles).

e. $10 annual dues for Associate Members

d. All members are encouraged to become sustainers of MORE.

e. The amount of dues shall be reviewed annually. Any proposals to change the dues

amount shall be voted on by the MORE membership.

 

Article II-General Meetings

a. MORE general meetings are held at least 6 times per academic year and more often

as needed.

b. MORE General Membership meetings are open to UFT members and interested

members of the public who wish to share in discussion of union matters and other

issues of critical concern to the educational community.

c. The Steering Committee will either plan the agendas, including items suggested by

interested MORE members, or oversee a committee of MORE Members who will do

the planning.

d. Any MORE member may propose an addition or revision to the agenda at least 2 days

prior to the meeting.

e. Steering will approve the agenda prior to the meeting.

f. In order to amend the agenda at the time of the meeting there must be a 2⁄3 vote.

g. Notice of meetings will be posted on the Website, social media, and in the MORE

Weekly E-­Newsletter, at least two weeks in advance of each meeting, except in cases

of emergency.

h. Proposed agendas will be sent to members at least one week prior to the meeting.

Whenever possible MORE shall post the proposed agenda on our website and social

media and shall post a report of the meeting a week after the meeting has taken place.

 

Article III-Norms

a. Assume good intentions.

b. Our time together is valuable. Remember to speak with purpose and WAIT (ask

yourself: “Why Am I Talking?”). Please make sure your comments and questions are

concise, address the issue at hand, and add something new to the discussion.

c. Listen actively when others are speaking.

d. Raise questions, disagreements and problems directly and as soon as possible.

Speak to the issue, not the person.

e. Speak for yourself unless you have permission to speak for others. Be clear when

representing a position on behalf of an individual or a group.

f. When representing MORE publicly, be clear as to whether or not you are representing

yourself as a member of MORE or MORE as a group. If representing MORE as a

group, make sure you have the authority to do so, and respect our collective

agreements.

g. Respect all viewpoints, perspectives and social identities.

h. If there are conflicts regarding adherence to these norms, individuals should inform the

chair during the meeting or the Steering Committee immediately afterwards for

follow-up.

 

Article IV­-Decision ­Making Processes

a. MORE policy­making decisions and other important decisions will be made by

consensus whenever possible.

b. All policies are decided through a democratic process. Open discussion, speakers for

and against when applicable. We strive for consensus, but decisions are resolved by

a majority vote.

c. Any vote at a general meeting that receives a simple majority of the total membership

will become policy. Any vote that receives a majority at meeting, but not a simple

majority of the membership will go for an online vote. The online vote is yes, no, or

abstain to that final proposed resolution; no further amendments shall be allowed.

d. Only those members who have been members for at least one month shall be eligible

to vote

e. A majority of MORE members at a general meeting or the steering committee may

decide to put any major decision, policy, endorsement, or resolution online for every

MORE member to vote on.

f. If before a general meeting, any member is of the opinion that a resolution, proposal,

or policy change should go to an online vote, they can propose this to the steering

committee. Discussion, debate, and amendment process will still take place at general

meeting.

g. Any amendment(s) to MORE bylaws or points of unity (mission statement)

must be discussed at an appropriate venue and decided via online vote by all

members. It must be ratified by 2/3 vote of the membership

h. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised

shall govern MORE in all cases in which the bylaws do not.

 

Article V-­Steering Elections and Procedures:

a. Nominees shall be currently employed by and working within the DOE, dues paying

members of the UFT and MORE, and must intend to remain so during their potential

term. One position may be a UFT retiree. Steering committee may include members

that are on temporary leave, who by the end of their term have been on leave for one

year or less.

b. Elections will be held three weeks prior to the end of a term. It will be held online (ie.

ballotbin). Only MORE members may vote.

c. The nine members with the most votes shall be elected as the steering committee. No

limited voting systems, such as slates, will be permitted. In the case of a tie, those

members shall be seated as members of the steering committee

d. Steering committee shall be a six month term. A steering committee member may only

serve two consecutive terms, but may run again after having not served for one term.

e. A quorum will be defined as six, in cases where member(s) have vacated their

position, or there are more than nine members, a quorum is defined as half the

number of steering members plus one.

f. Decisions will be made by majority.

g. In cases where a steering member has vacated their position, the current steering

committee may decide to hold an election for that seat. Anyone elected will be allowed

to sit for only the remainder of the current term. He/she may run again for a second

consecutive term, but not a third consecutive term.

 

Article VI-MORE Steering Responsibilities

a. Act as a voting member of an executive committee that makes decisions for MORE

that may be reviewed and overturned by membership

b. Maintain caucus goals.

c. Recruit new members for the caucus.

d. Set agendas for steering meetings.

e. Be point persons for various tasks, committees, campaigns and projects MORE

commits to.

f. Will represent the ideals of MORE on forums, at union meetings, and within their

chapter.

g. Distribute MORE literature within their chapters.

h. Organize and mobilize within their chapters and local communities.

 

Article VII-MORE Steering Time Commitment

a. At least two steering meetings per month (one phone conference and one in person

meeting)

b. Respond to emails on steering list

c. Vote on proposals

d. During union elections and contract campaigns steering may meet more frequently.

e. Attend the monthly general meetings, local meetings, special events and/or forums,

when possible.

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