Save the date for 2020 NDU Delegate Assembly
Saturday, April 18th, 2020
Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence
North Dakota United is YOU. As a member of our union, you have a voice, you have power and you have the collective strength of 11,500 members, UNITED for YOU.
Every other year, the members of ND United gather for our Delegate Assembly. This is the place and time in which all of the important decisions are made about the direction our union is going and the vision for our future as an association of public educators and employees. We thank each and every one of you reading this magazine for being participating members of ND United, and now invite you to join with representatives from all of our affiliated locals and chapters across the state at the 2020 Delegate Assembly!
This year’s Delegate Assembly will be held at the National Energy Center of Excellence, on the campus of Bismarck State College, on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Save the date now and be part of the governing process for our state’s largest and most influential organization of professionals. Our program will include the NDU Business Meeting, an election of delegates to the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly and the American Federation of Teachers Convention, and the awarding of the NDU Friend of Education and Friend of Public Employees awards.
Delegates to the NDU Delegate Assembly shall be allocated to each local based on the ratio of one delegate for each 50 active members or major fraction thereof, with a minimum of one delegate for each local. The number of delegates to which a local is entitled will be based on its membership on file with NDU as of Aug. 31 prior to the Delegate Assembly. Local presidents will receive an e-mail with directions and a form to submit their delegates to NDU in early February.
This year’s delegate assembly is the fifth delegate assembly since merger. Article III, Section 3 of the bylaws of the governing documents adopted at the time of merger says: At the fifth Assembly after the merger, the delegates shall vote on the question: “Shall the officers and directors of NDU be limited to three three-year terms?”
For your information, here are the timelines to submit amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws:
Constitution–Article IX Amendments
Section 1: Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by any local or by the board at least 90 days prior to the Delegate Assembly. Proposed amendments shall be published in an official publication of NDU, which shall serve as a first reading of the proposed amendment. The proposed amendment shall be acted on at the first Delegate Assembly following its first reading.
Section 2: Amendments to this constitution may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the Delegate Assembly and take effect immediately upon their adoption.
Amendments to the bylaws may be made at any meeting of the Delegate Assembly by a majority vote of the members present, provided such amendment has been proposed to the delegates of the Delegate Assembly at least 24 hours before the vote is taken.
Amendments to the Constitution and/or Bylaws should be submitted to President Nick Archuleta, email@example.com. Amendments should be submitted with time to meet the deadlines stated above. Follow up should be made by phone (701-223-0450) to ensure the e-mail has been received.
A form for submitting a new Resolution or amending a current Resolution is sent to all delegates attending the NDU Delegate Assembly. This form may be submitted to the Resolutions Chair, Deb Beeler, prior to the Delegate Assembly by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted in person, by noon at the Delegate Assembly.
ELECTION OF DELEGATES TO THE NEA REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY:
Six state-funded delegate slots are open for the 2020 NEA Representative Assembly (RA) which will be held July 1 (travel day) through – July 7, 2020 (travel day) in Atlanta. Petitions for the state-funded slots can be found at ndunited.org. Members running for a delegate position must obtain 50 signatures from active members of NDU. Active members are: Teacher, ESP, County, State and Higher Ed members. The student and retired positions are elected by their constituencies. Completed petitions with the 50 signatures, along with a short bio and head shot, must be returned to ND United, 301 N 4th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501, by 5 p.m. CST, Feb. 18, 2020.
LOCAL ASSOCIATION NEA REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY DELEGATE ELECTIONS:
Presidents of locals of 76 or more members will receive an e-mail from NEA in late January with the allocated number of delegates for their local for the 2020 NEA Representative Assembly. Local associations are allocated one delegate for each 150 active and educational support NEA members or major fraction thereof. Locals with fewer than 76 members may cluster to form delegate units.
NDU’S AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN:
NDU’s affirmative action plan commits the Association to elect two minority delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly each year. Ethnic minorities may be nominated for state delegate positions in the same manner as others: by submitting a petition signed by 50 active members to ND United, 301 N 4th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501 by 5:00 p.m. CST, Feb. 18, 2020.
If you have any questions regarding the NDU Delegate Assembly or the NEA Representative Assembly please contact NDU Administrative Services Manager Ellie Sharbono at email@example.com or 701-223-0450.