Membership Vote: UC-AFT Retiree Chapter
At the UC-AFT Council meeting on Sunday Jan. 29, the Council approved a proposed constituted amendment to allow for the formation of a UC-AFT retiree chapter. We hope that the establishment of a retiree chapter will facilitate continued involvement of our retirees in the objectives of our union and the labor movement.
Each campus local will now conduct its own vote, as we did with the recent dues cap increase, and 2/3 of the locals have to vote in favor in order for it to pass.
The proposed amendment would add the following Section 5 to Article IV of the UC-AFT Constitution:
5. Retired members. Retired membership shall be open to all retired personnel of the University of California who have held active membership in UC-AFT for at least one year prior to retirement. A retiree chapter within the UC-AFT may be established for all legal purposes as determined by the bylaws to be enacted by the chapter. All members of the chapter shall hold simultaneous membership in the state and national affiliate as retirees. Retiree chapter dues shall be set by the UC-AFT executive board upon recommendation by the chapter.
All members of the union who have been on active (paid) status in the past twelve months will receive a ballot via Survey Monkey from your local's field representative. The online ballot will open at 9am, Monday, February 6 and will close at 5pm, Wednesday, February 8. Only union members can vote.