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Brothers and Sisters,

NATCA’s National Constitution Committee wants all Union members to know how to participate in this important part of NATCA business. NATCA’s National Constitution is the primary governing document for our Union. Pursuant to Article XIV, Section 1 of the NATCA Constitution, “[a]ll proposed amendments to the National Constitution shall be submitted to the National Constitution Committee through the Executive Vice President one-hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the Convention.” The deadline for submitting proposed amendments for the upcoming convention, therefore, is 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Proposed amendments should be submitted to Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert at tgilbert@natcadc.org. Below are commonly asked questions about amendments and the submission process:

Q1: What do amendments do? Why are they important to the Union?
A1: Among other things, the National Constitution establishes the objectives of NATCA, criteria for membership in NATCA, NATCA’s organizational structure and officers, NATCA’s standing committees, the rights and responsibilities of NATCA members, the process for the nomination and election of NATCA officers, the role of the National Convention, provisions governing NATCA’s finances, the establishment of locals, the trusteeship process, an internal grievance process, the process for amending the National Constitution, and NATCA’s seniority policy. NATCA members may propose changing the NATCA National Constitution through an amendment. A proposed amendment must be submitted for consideration before the delegates at NATCA’s National Convention. In addition to proposing amendments to the National Constitution, members also may propose changes to NATCA’s Standing Rules and/or NATCA’s Policy & Position Statements. All proposed amendments and changes to NATCA’s Standing Rules or Policy & Position Statements are due by Jan. 28, 2020.

Q2: Will all proposed amendments be considered at Convention?
A2: Pursuant to Article XIV, Section 1 of the National Constitution: “All proposed amendments to the National Constitution shall be submitted to the National Constitution Committee through the Executive Vice President one-hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the Convention.” The 2020 National Convention commences with the opening reception on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Therefore, all proposed amendments are due to the Executive Vice President on or before Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Resolutions submitted by that date will be published along with the proposed amendments. The Constitution Committee will meet to review and compile all proposed amendments and resolutions for distribution to the membership in a booklet of proposed amendments. The National Constitution provides that the booklet of proposed amendments shall be submitted to the membership at least sixty (60) days prior to the National Convention. Any proposed amendments or resolutions that violate applicable labor and/or other laws may be designated as unenforceable by the National Office if adopted.

Q3: What if I miss the Dec. 18 deadline? Can I propose an amendment at a later time?
A3: Proposed amendments that are not submitted by Dec. 18, 2017 may only be introduced at the National Convention by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the delegates actually voting. This is a high hurdle for an untimely proposed amendment to meet, and any member wishing to submit a proposed amendment is strongly encouraged to meet the December 18 deadline for timely submission. An untimely proposed amendment deprives the NATCA membership of an opportunity to review the substance of the proposed amendment and provide guidance to their respective delegate(s).

Q4: Who is eligible to propose an amendment?
A4: Any active member in good standing may submit a proposed amendment or resolution. In accord with Robert’s Rules of Order, a proposed amendment must be moved and seconded at the National Convention in order to be heard by the delegates.

Q5: If I have questions about writing an amendment, who can help?
A5: Any member needing assistance with drafting a proposed amendment or resolution, or with any question about the process, is encouraged to contact any member of NATCA’s National Constitution Committee. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the Constitution Committee if you have questions about the amendment proposal process. We look forward to hearing the voices of our brothers and sisters at NATCA’s 18th Biennial Convention in Houston.

In solidarity,

NATCA National Constitution Committee

Committee Chair
Heath Wilson, Central Region (T75)
314-482-2512
email

Rules Committee Chair
Drew Stewart, Northwest Mountain Region (ZSE)
503-593-8178
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Ryan Herrick, Great Lakes Region (M98)
253-651-3360
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Marshall Roses, Alaskan Region (ZAN)
Zmroses.constitution@gmail.com
(503) 956-8120

Chris Perks, Eastern Region (PHL)
336-267-0698
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Elisa Muise, New England Region (ZBW)
386-295-1086
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Chris Perdue, Southern Region (ZME)
615-962-5773
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Erik Mandt, Western Pacific Region (ZOA)
941-224-0704
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Michael Martin, Region X (EWP)
714-315-8467
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David J Salapata, Southwest Region (ZHU)
301-606-5962

Roberts Rules of Order

Robert’s Rules provide common rules and procedures for deliberation and debate in order to place the whole membership on the same footing and speaking the same language. The conduct of ALL business is controlled by the general will of the whole membership - the right of the deliberate majority to decide.

Robert's Rules provides for constructive and democratic meetings, to help, not hinder, the business of the assembly. Under no circumstances should "undue strictness" be allowed to intimidate members or limit full participation.

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