AAUP Membership Chapter Council ByLaws
BIOMEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES OF NEW JERSEY
COUNCIL OF AAUP CHAPTERS
Article I NAME AND STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The name of this organization shall be the BIOMEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES OF NEW JERSEY COUNCIL OF AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS CHAPTERS (“AAUP- BHSNJ” or “Council of AAUP Chapters” or “Council”).
The Biomedical and Health Sciences of New Jersey Council of AAUP Chapters represents the individual members of the several units of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in continual efforts to advance the cause of higher education and to improve conditions of faculty employment. The principal purpose of this Council is to work cooperatively to solve problems and take action with respect to matters of mutual concern, including:
The maintenance and improvement of the quality of medical, dental and allied health education in New Jersey; The support of the principles and policies of AAUP, including academic freedom and tenure;
•The pursuit of quality and equity in academic employment relationships;
•Furtherance of the economic welfare and well being of the members of the Council of AAUP Chapters and those represented by the Council of AAUP Chapters through collective negotiations;
•Administration of the contracts negotiated between the Council of AAUP Chapters and Rowan and Rutgers Universities and/or their successors in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey;
•Furtherance of policies with respect to fringe benefits and other such matters; and
•Communication on behalf of the Council of AAUP Chapters with the national AAUP.
Article II DEFINITIONS
1.Council of AAUP Chapters (the “Council” or
2.AAUP - The American Association of University Professors
3.RWJMS/ SPH - The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/School of Public Health Chapter
4.SOM Chapter - School of Osteopathic Medicine Chapter
5.The University – Rowan University (for SOM and Stratford librarians) and/or Rutgers University (for all other represented faculty and librarians) and/or any successor entity to either, or to the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Article III MEMBERSHIP OF AAUP AND COUNCIL
Section 1: AAUP Membership
A. Representation - The Council is the exclusive negotiating agent for all
teaching and/or research faculty and all
B.Membership - All faculty who are represented by the Council under Article III, Section 1.A. may become members of the AAUP upon authorization of payment of local AAUP dues.
A.Chapters - The chapters of the Council are:
1.The Newark Chapter of AAUP
2.The RWJMS/SPH Chapter of AAUP
3.The SOM Chapter of AAUP
B.Establishment of New Chapters - Each faculty, school or other appropriate unit of
the Universities and/or their successors may establish a chapter of the
AAUP and apply for membership in the Council. Membership in the Council is open to any chapter which:
1)is a bona fide chapter of AAUP,
2)shall have expressed a desire to join the Council, and
3)the current chapters of the Council shall have unanimously agreed to include.
Section 3: Council Membership
Part 1: Beginning after the next election cycle (on or about October 1, 2013):
A.Each chapter shall have at least two (2) representatives to the Council, who will ordinarily be the Chapter President and the immediate past Chapter President. Additional
C.The Council, by a 3/4 vote of the representatives may increase or decrease the number of representatives per chapter to the Council.
Part 2: From amendment ratification through the next election cycle:
The representatives to the Council elected or appointed prior to April 15, 2013 under the
Section 4: Voting
Each representative to the Council shall have one vote. Any representative may make a motion. All actions shall be based upon the vote of a majority of those members of the Council present and voting.
Article IV OFFICERS OF THE COUNCIL
Section 1: The officers of the Council shall be: A president, a vice president, and a secretary- treasurer.
Section 2: The president and vice president shall have the duties usually associated with these offices. In the absence of the president, the
Section 3: The
Article V THE COUNCIL
Section 1: Duties
The Council shall a) determine the annual dues and regulations governing their payment an collection, b) manage its property and financial affairs with power to accept gifts; c) construe the provisions of these bylaws; d) provide for publications; e) appoint and determine salaries of an executive director, and such other employees as shall be necessary to administer its affairs; f) appoint and contract for the services of legal and financial advisors; g) authorize the establishment of committees of the council; and h) carry out collective bargaining negotiations on behalf of its members and oversee administration of the resulting contract.
Section 2: Meetings
The Council shall meet at regular intervals. Additional meetings may be called at the request of the president or at the request of any chapter. The meetings shall conform to Robert's Rules of Order except as otherwise specified in these Bylaws. Representatives shall be given at least two days notice of a meeting. A quorum of the Council shall consist of at least eight (8) representatives
provided that there are at least three (3) representatives from at least two (2) chapters in attendance. Council meetings shall be open to all members of the bargaining unit. The President may also invite observers to attend Council meetings. The Council, upon majority vote of its representative present, may enter into executive session. The meetings of the Council shall ordinarily rotate between the northern New Jersey Chapter locations (Newark and New Brunswick/Piscataway) with a minimum of one (1) meeting a year in Southern New Jersey (Stratford).
Section 3: Committees
A. Standing committees
1. Negotiating Committee(s) - The Council shall establish one or more Negotiating Committees. The Negotiating Committee(s) shall act as a standing committee and shall report to the
Council. The Negotiating Committee(s) shall represent the Council at contract
negotiations with the Administration of the Universities. The Negotiating Committee(s) shall have the authority to make proposals and counter proposals in the course of
negotiations. The Council shall oversee the progress of the Negotiating Committee(s) and shall have final authority to approve the negotiated proposals for presentation to the dues paying members of the bargaining unit for ratification.
a)Members of the Negotiating Committee(s) shall be chosen by the Council.
b)Chief Negotiator(s) - The Council shall elect up to two Chief Negotiators as chairman of the Negotiating Committee(s). The Chief Negotiator(s)
shall be ex officio members of the Council.
2.Other Standing Committees - The Council may establish and terminate standing committees. Membership on the committees need not be drawn from representatives to the Council. A standing committee shall be established by a majority vote of the representatives to the Council. Each standing committee must receive an explicit charge concerning its functions and responsibilities. Termination of standing committees likewise requires a majority vote.
B. Ad Hoc Committees - From time to time, the Council may establish ad hoccommittees. An ad hoc committee may exist for a period of time no longer than six months without specific Council renewal of its charge. All ad hoc committees report to the Council.
Article VI ELECTIONS
Each Chapter shall select
Section 2: Election of Council Officers
At the first meeting of the Council in September, an election of the officers shall be conducted. A majority vote of the representatives is sufficient for election. The President shall
ordinarily be from a different Chapter than he/she was in the prior year (subject to changes due to vacancies see Section 3). The vice president cannot be from the same chapter as the president. The
Section 3: Vacancies
In the event that the president resigns or otherwise becomes unable to serve, the vice president
shall assume the office of president. If the
unable to serve, or assumes the office of president, a vice president shall be elected by the representatives to serve the remainder of the term. If the
Section 4: Absences
In the event that a representative will be absent from a Council meeting, the chapter, through its president, may designate an individual to represent the chapter for that meeting.
Article VII AMENDMENTS
An amendment may be initiated by the Council acting as a committee of the whole or proposed to it by any chapter. Each amendment must be accepted by a majority of the Council, and amendments will be adopted upon ratification by each chapter. The Council shall review these bylaws every three years.
Article VIII RATIFICATION
These bylaws and any subsequent amendments shall become effective when each Chapter has approved them by a simple majority of those members present at a Chapter meeting or (if the method is approved by the Chapter leadership) by a simple majority of those members voting by secure electronic voting.
“ AAUP-BHSNJ is the professional Bargaining Representative for more than 1,400 faculty members and librarians of the BHSNJ.
As of July 1, 2013, based on the integration of SOM with Rowan University and the integration of the remaining units of the former UMDNJ with Rutgers University (as per the New
Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act as of 2012) AAUP-UMDNJ became AAUP-BHSNJ.
Faculty and Librarians of the former UMDNJ at both Rutgers and Rowan (and those hired into units of the former UMDNJ) are now part of the Biomedical and Health Sciences of New Jersey American Association of University Professors unit, AAUP-BHSNJ.