The SEA Convention
The Convention is held each autumn, between October 1st and November 15th. It is at the Convention that the direction of the organization is determined by democratic process. Delegates vote on such things as: changes to the union’s Constitution, dues, election of union officers, SEA’s political agenda, and all other significant policy decisions. Each chapter sends a delegation to the Convention. The delegates include members of the Board of Directors, Councilors, and Chapter Presidents.
The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the executive body of the union. The Board members attend to the regular business of the organization. The Board meets monthly and sometimes more frequently, if there is immediate business to address. Members of the Board are elected by their peers at the SEA’s Annual Convention or by special election if an office becomes vacant between conventions.
The Board is structured to include a President, First and Second Vice Presidents, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The officers are elected by their peers every two years at the SEA’s Annual Convention or by special election if an office becomes vacant between conventions.
Each chapter elects one councilor per twenty members. The Council is the union’s legislature. Each chapter is represented in the Council. The Council assembles quarterly, including at the fall Convention.
Chapters are the local base for our members. Chapters are established either by bargaining unit, state agency boundaries, job classification, or simply geographic region.
Each chapter elects its officers – president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Also elected are chapter councilors, who are able to vote on SEA policy issues at quarterly Council meetings. Each chapter is able to elect one councilor per each twenty chapter members.
It is at the chapter level that most members experience the union. Members look to their chapter meetings as an opportunity to share important information, a place to voice any workplace issues or concerns, and a place to go and socialize with fellow union members.
Chapters have individual by-laws. When drafting or revising by-laws, you may find this template useful.