GNA’s 2001 convention highlights: Approved 2001 bylaws amendments

GNA’s 2001 convention highlights: Approved 2001 bylaws amendments

ARTICLE III DUES

Section 1. Amount of Dues

Membership Dues include:

A. ANA dues assessed to GNA as a constituent member of ANA as adopted by the ANA House of Delegates in accordance with the bylaws and policies of ANA.

C. A statewide uniform amount for District Dues as recommended by the District Assembly and approved by a majority of the GNA districts.

ARTICLE VII BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 10 Duties of the Board of Directors

G. District Assembly Chair

The District Assembly Chair shall:

1. Preside over and conduct the meetings of the District Assembly.

2. Act as liaison between the Board of Directors, the District Assembly and the District Presidents.

3. Represent the District Assembly on the Executive Committee.

The present Section G. Directors will become Section H.

ARTICLE VIII: GNA BOARD FOR LABOR RELATIONS

Section 1: Definition:

A. The GNA Board for Labor Relations is an independent body that:

1. Develops the labor policy of the Georgia Nurses Association, and

2. Serves as the governing body of all affiliate units.

B. The GNA Chief Executive Officer will serve as Director of the Labor Relations Program of the Georgia Nurses Association.

C. The Chief Executive Officer will be accountable to the GNA Board for Labor Relations on labor relation issues.

Section 2: Purpose

The purpose of the GNA Board for Labor Relations shall be to further the purposes of the Association by:

A. Ensuring that nurses have meaningful access to collective bargaining through GNA

B. Providing effective collective bargaining services

C. Strengthening the GNA labor programs.

Section 3: Functions

The functions of the GNA Board for Labor Relations shall be to:

A. Operate as an insulated body.

B. Establish and implement an effective labor program within GNA.

C. Utilize staff and financial resources to accomplish its purposes.

D. Generate additional revenues for operations of the labor programs by assessment of the labor relations unit members beyond the GNA dues.

E. Develop policies for GNA collective bargaining members.

F. Communicate with the CEO and the GNA Board of Directors concerning labor issues relative to the nursing profession.

G. Assist in supporting and maintaining existing labor units.

H. Guide and assist nurses in organizing new labor units.

Section 4: Composition

The GNA Board for Labor Relations shall consist of seven members as follows:

A. Chairperson elected in the even numbered years and a vice chair elected in the odd numbered years by the eligible members

B. Two at large directors elected in alternate years by the eligible members

1. The chairperson, vice-chairperson, and members at large of the Labor Relations Board shall be elected by secret ballot according to the GNA bylaws and the GNA Board for Labor Relations policies.

C. The elected chairperson, vice– chairperson, or designee of each local Labor Relations Units

Section 5. Term of Office

A. The elected chair and vice chair and at large directors shall each serve a twoyear term of office.

B. No elected Board member shall serve more than two consecutive terms in any one office.

Section 6. Vacancies

A. In case of a vacancy in the office of Chairperson, the Vice-chair becomes Chairperson.

B. Vacancies in the office of vice-chair or directors at large shall be filled by the Board for Labor Relations by appointment of an eligible candidate.

C. Vacancy in the position of the Local Unit Representative on the Board shall be filled by the Local Unit according to their bylaws.

Section 7. Eligibility

A. All members of the of the Labor Relations Units shall be collective bargaining eligible as defined by the National Labor Relations Board or the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and shall be employed by a facility/ organization that has an affiliated collective bargaining unit that is represented by the Georgia Nurses Association.

B. The affiliate unit is autonomous but accountable to the GNA Board for Labor Relations and is guided by the policies and guidelines established- by the GNA Board for Labor Relations.

C. Only those members of the Labor Relations Units who hold concurrent membership in the Georgia Nurses Association and a Labor Relations Unit are eligible to vote or hold a seat on the GNA Board for Labor Relations.

Section 8. Responsibilities of Board

A. Recommend and implement policies for the Labor Relations Program

B. Serve as communications channel between the labor units and the Georgia Nurses Association. Make regular reports on all labor activities to the CEO.

1. Make written reports on activities to the GNA Board of Directors on a regular basis.

2. Inform the GNA Board of Directors of nursing and/or labor issues.

C. Act as conduit between Labor Relations Units and GNA to facilitate discussion of issues and problems and their resolution.

D. Consult with the Labor Relations Attorney as needed.

E. Appoint task forces/ad hoc committees to study and make recommendations in specific substantive areas of labor relations.

ARTICLE X COMMISSIONS

Section 7. Delete C.8.a. through C.9.e.

Section 8. A. Definition

Workplace Advocacy is central to the mission of the American Nurse Association and the Georgia Nurses Association.

ARTICLE XI DISTRICT ASSEMBLY

Section 4. Vacancies

A. In case of vacancy in the office of District Assembly Chair, the vice chair shall assume the duties of the office until such time as the GNA Board of Directors can appoint a new District Assembly Chair to serve the remainder of the term.

B. Vacancies in all other District Assembly offices will be filled by appointment by the District Assembly membership.

Section 5. Quorum

A quorum for conducting business at the District Assembly shall be the Chair or ViceChair and twelve (12) members.

Renumber subsequent sections in Article XI

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