The SEA, SEIU 1984 Convention which occurs each fall, is the highest governing body of the organization. It is there that the work conducted by the Constitution and By-laws Committee and the Resolutions Committee in preparation for each convention is considered for vote. This year the members of the Convention considered, discussed and voted on one Constitutional Amendment and two Resolutions. All three were passed.
The first item, C#1, had to do with the election of officers. It called for amending Article VII of the Constitution, which stated that the Association’s election of officers must take place in even- numbered years. It was noted this event competed with biennial political elections, causing conflict for many members – leaving them to choose between attending Convention or engaging in political activism. The Committee recommended this amendment ought to pass. Following discussion, the Convention voted to amend the Constitution to read as follows:
(b) (i) On the first day of the 2014 Annual Convention, nominations shall be made from the floor for a President of the Association, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer who shall serve three (3) year terms.
(ii) Commencing with 2017, oOn the first day of the Annual Convention in even-numbered odd-numbered years, nominations shall be made from the floor for a President of the Association, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer who shall serve two (2) year terms.
The first of the two resolutions, R#1, had to do with discussing and researching the possibility of rejoining the NH AFL – CIO and to bring findings derived from that study and recommendations to the March 2013 Council meeting. The Resolutions Committee voted this item ought to pass. After lengthy discussion this resolution was accepted by the Convention. You can read the full resolution here.
The second of the resolutions, R#2, actually resulted from the first. While reviewing the Constitution in consideration of rejoining the NH AFL0CIO, the committee discovered possible areas of the Constitution that may conflict with current day-to-day operating policy (the Board Policy). The resolution calls for instructing the Constitution and Bylaws committee to review the Board of Directors Policy in conjunction with the Constitution over the coming year; then making recommendations for changes in the Board of Director’s Policy and/or the Constitution no later than the next Annual Convention. The Committee recommended this resolution ought to pass. The resolution was adopted.