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    CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

    ALL U.P. WORKERS UNION (UP UNION)University of the PhilippinesDiliman, Quezon City

    PREAMBLE

    We, the administrative employees of the Universityof the Philippines, in all campuses, hereby constituteourselves as the ALL U.P. WORKERS UNION (UP

    UNION).

    We are aware of our role in the pursuit of themission of the University, as a sacred trust of the Filipinopeople. We are also conscious of the need toconsolidate our collective strength as a means towardseffective participation in decision making on mattersaffecting our interests and welfare.

    We commit ourselves to protect our rights and toadvance our interests towards decent work, underconditions which enhance creativity, excellence,freedom, justice, dignity, security and equity withoutdiscrimination for all administrative employees in theUniversity. We fully realize that our effort to enhance thequality of our life forms part of the general movement toachieve a just and democratic social order, and a betterstandard of living. We affirm our responsibility tocontribute to the unity and well-being of all Filipinoworkers and other disadvantaged members of Philippine

    CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

    ALL U.P. WORKERS UNION (UP UNION)University of the PhilippinesDiliman, Quezon City

    PREAMBLE

    We, the administrative employees of the Universityof the Philippines, in all campuses, hereby constituteourselves as the ALL U.P. WORKERS UNION (UP

    UNION).

    We are aware of our role in the pursuit of themission of the University, as a sacred trust of the Filipinopeople. We are also conscious of the need to consolidateour collective strength as a means towards effectiveparticipation in decision making on matters affecting ourinterests and welfare.

    We commit ourselves to protect our rights and toadvance our interests towards decent work, underconditions which enhance creativity, excellence, freedom,

    justice, dignity, security and equity without discriminationfor all administrative employees in the University. We fullyrealize that our effort to enhance the quality of our lifeforms part of the general movement to achieve a just anddemocratic social order, and a better standard of living.We affirm our responsibility to contribute to the unity andwell-being of all Filipino workers and other disadvantagedmembers of Philippine society.

    Notes : Proposed amendments are inred ink. All affected sections or

    paragraphs are marked with yellow

    markers for emphasis.

    Introduction

    There are only four (4) majoramendments:

    a) Restructuring of thefunctions of theNational President,National Vice President(downgraded fromNational Executive VicePresident, and GeneralSecretary (upgradedfrom NationalSecretary).

    b) Creation of Health andSafety Committee.

    c) Restructuring of the

    Chapter Councild) Restructuring of Manila/

    PGH Chapter (fromSectoralRepresentatives toSectoral Directors-at-Large (as practiced)

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    society.

    Aware of these premises, we hereby promulgatethis Constitution.

    Aware of these premises, we hereby promulgate thisConstitution.

    and increased in thenumber from seven (7)to nine (9) SectoralDirectors-at-Large)

    All relevant or affected sectionsare then amended to align withthe four (4) major amendments(especially the restructuring ofthe functions of the 1 st threemajor officers of the union thataffected or involved theamendments of sections of five(5) Articles: General Assembly,National Council, NationalExecutive Board, Functions ofNational Officers and NationalCommittees.

    Why these amendments?

    These amendments arenecessary in order to align ourorganizational structure, andfunctions with the structure and

    functions (especially with thefunctions and position titles ofPresident, Vice President andGeneral Secretary), of almostall of our mass organizationsboth here and abroad,especially those that are

    Article I. NAME AND ADDRESS

    Section 1 . This Organization shall be known as the ALLU.P. WORKERS UNION (UP UNION), hereafter referredto as the UNION, with address at the University of thePhilippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila,Philippines.

    Article I. NAME AND ADDRESS

    Section 1 . This Organization shall be known as the ALLU.P. WORKERS UNION (UP UNION), hereafter referredto as the UNION, with address at the University of thePhilippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila,Philippines.

    Article II. PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVES

    Section 1 . The UNION shall devote itself to thepromotion and protection of the economic anddemocratic rights and the general welfare of allemployees, especially the administrative sector, in theUniversity. The UNION shall secure for its members themost just and reasonable terms of employment, andeliminate oppressive features of employment. To thisend, it shall engage in collective negotiations andbargaining, and undertake concerted activities.

    Section 2 . Through appropriate educationprograms, the UNION shall provide the fullestopportunity for its members to enhance their social andpolitical awareness, to the end that they become militantin the defense and advancement of their interests andrights in the University and in Philippine society ingeneral.

    Article II. PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVES

    Section 1 . The UNION shall devote itself to thepromotion and protection of the economic and democraticrights and the general welfare of all employees,especially the administrative sector, in the University. TheUNION shall secure for its members the most just andreasonable terms of employment, and eliminateoppressive features of employment. To this end, it shallengage in collective negotiations and bargaining, andundertake concerted activities.

    Section 2 . Through appropriate educationprograms, the UNION shall provide the fullest opportunity

    for its members to enhance their social and politicalawareness, to the end that they become militant in thedefense and advancement of their interests and rights inthe University and in Philippine society in general.

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    Section 3 . The UNION shall promote closerelationship and mutual understanding among members,in order to achieve greater unity.

    Section 4 . The UNION shall strive for the adoptionof legislative policies and other government measuresthat will promote the well-being of its members and theworking people in general. It shall continuously inform itsmembers about critical public issues and shall undertakea united stand on these questions, in the interest of theircollective concerns in common with the rest of theworking people.

    Section 5. The UNION shall establish close

    relations with other labor organizations and centers inthe University and in national and international arenaparticular with those which share its principles andobjectives.

    Section 3 . The UNION shall promote closerelationship and mutual understanding among members,in order to achieve greater unity.

    Section 4 . The UNION shall strive for the adoptionof legislative policies and other government measuresthat will promote the well-being of its members and theworking people in general. It shall continuously inform itsmembers about critical public issues and shall undertakea united stand on these questions, in the interest of theircollective concerns in common with the rest of theworking people.

    Section 5. The UNION shall establish close relations

    with other labor organizations and centers in theUniversity and in national and international arenaparticular with those which share its principles andobjectives.

    known to be like mindedorganizations such as ACT,COURAGE and AHW.

    For the local chapters, theseorganizational changes arenecessary in order for ourchapter officers to be moreresponsive and accountable totheir constituencies.

    Article III. UNION MEMBERSHIP

    Section 1 . Any permanent administrative staff ofthe University of the Philippines, who subscribes to theConstitution, By-Laws, policies, and rules of the UNIONshall be eligible for membership.

    Section 2 . Membership shall include administrativeemployees whose employment is temporary, contractualor casual in nature, but who are directly receivingsalary from UP .

    Article III. UNION MEMBERSHIP

    Section 1 . Any permanent administrative staff ofthe University of the Philippines, who subscribes to theConstitution, By-Laws, policies, and rules of the UNIONshall be eligible for membership.

    Section 2 . Membership shall include administrativeemployees whose employment is temporary, contractualor casual in nature, but who are directly receivingsalary from UP .

    Why these amendments shouldbe effective immediately?

    These amendments areneeded immediately in order forthe union to be moreresponsive, and all the neededreforms of the union,implemented immediately bythe incoming set of officers,under the new structure.

    Section 3 . The National Council of the UNION shalldecide on specific cases, and determine or interpretcriteria on eligibility for membership, as recommended

    Section 3 . The National Council of the UNION shalldecide on specific cases, and determine or interpretcriteria on eligibility for membership, as recommended by

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    by the Executive Board.

    Section 4 . Application for membership shall be ona prescribed form properly accomplished by theapplicant. Membership shall be subject to approval bythe Executive Board.

    Section 5 . Any member who resigns or retires fromwork or whose employment is in any way terminatedmay retain membership together with appropriate rightsand prerogatives, provided payment of dues and specialassessment is sustained.

    Section 6 . (a) Membership maybe terminated bythe National Council, upon recommendation by the

    Executive Board, after appropriate hearing and dueprocess, on any of the following grounds:

    1. Disloyalty to the UNION;2. Non-payment of dues for six (6) months;3. Culpable violation of the Constitution, policies

    and decisions of the UNION.

    (b) Membership maybe suspended on similar oranalogous grounds, by the same procedure. (c) TheNational Council shall provide the appropriate procedurefor appeal in cases of termination or suspension of

    membership.

    the National Executive Board.

    Section 4 . Application for membership shall be on aprescribed form properly accomplished by the applicant.Membership shall be subject to approval by the National Executive Board.

    Section 5 . Any member who resigns or retires fromwork or whose employment is in any way terminated mayretain membership together with appropriate rights andprerogatives, provided payment of dues and specialassessment is sustained.

    Section 6 . (a) Membership maybe terminated bythe National Council, upon recommendation by the

    Executive Board, after appropriate hearing and dueprocess, on any of the following grounds:

    1. Disloyalty to the UNION;2. Non-payment of dues for six (6) months;3. Culpable violation of the Constitution, policies

    and decisions of the UNION.

    (b) Membership maybe suspended on similar oranalogous grounds, by the same procedure. (c) TheNational Council shall provide the appropriate procedurefor appeal in cases of termination or suspension of

    membership.

    Article IV. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    Section 1 . The General Assembly shall be thesupreme authority of the UNION.

    Section 2 . The General Assembly shall have the

    Article IV. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    Section 1 . The General Assembly shall be thesupreme authority of the UNION.

    Section 2 . The General Assembly shall have the

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    following powers and functions:

    a) Adopt policies and decisions concerning thecollective interest of the UNION members.

    b) Evaluate the programs and projects asproposed, or as implemented by the NationalCouncil or the Executive Board.

    c) Review the operations and activities of theUNION.

    d) Elect by secret ballot the following officers: (1)President; (2) National Executive VicePresident; (3) Secretary; (4) Treasurer; (5)

    Auditor; (6) Public Relations Officer; plus five (5) members, elected at large of the NationalCouncil.

    e) Deliberate and decide on matters in theagenda.f) Consider the reports of the National Council

    and those of the Executive Board.g) Fix dues and fees payable by the members of

    the UNION.h) Promulgate regulations governing the budget

    of the UNION, and the audit of its funds.i) Create other Committees as it may deem

    necessary. j) Amend or revise the Constitution and By-Laws

    of the UNION.

    Section 3 . The General Assembly shall becomposed of all members of the National Council andsuch number of delegates as may be chosen in thefollowing manner:

    a) There shall be a maximum of ten delegates forevery 100 members in each chapter.

    b) If the membership in each chapter exceeds ahundred, it shall be entitled to two additional

    following powers and functions:

    a) Adopt policies and decisions concerning thecollective interest of the UNION members.

    b) Evaluate the programs and projects asproposed, or as implemented by the NationalCouncil or the National Executive Board.

    c) Review the operations and activities of theUNION.

    d) Elect by secret ballot the following officers: (1)National President ; (2) National Vice President ;(3) General Secretary ; (4) National Treasurer;(5) National Auditor; (6) National PublicRelations Officer; plus five (5) members,elected at large of the National Council.

    e) Deliberate and decide on matters in theagenda.f) Consider the reports of the National Council

    and those of the National Executive Board.g) Fix dues and fees payable by the members of

    the UNION.h) Promulgate regulations governing the budget of

    the UNION, and the audit of its funds.i) Create other Committees as it may deem

    necessary. j) Amend or revise the Constitution and By-Laws

    of the UNION.

    Section 3 . The General Assembly shall becomposed of all members of the National Council andsuch number of delegates as may be chosen in thefollowing manner:

    a) There shall be a maximum of ten delegates forevery 100 members in each chapter.

    b) If the membership in each chapter exceeds ahundred, it shall be entitled to two additional

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    delegates for every 50 members in excess ofthe basic.

    c) The Executive Board shall determine thenumber of delegates from each chapter atleast three (3) months before each generalassembly.

    Section 4 . The General Assembly shall be called toa regular session by the National Council once everythree (3) years, after the Founding Assembly, at suchdate, time and place as the National Council maydetermine. Notice to the regular session of the General

    Assembly together with a proposed agenda, shall beappropriately issued by the Executive Vice President notlater than fifteen days (15) before the date of the

    session.Section 5 . By a vote of at least two thirds of its

    members, the National Council may call the General Assembly to a special session to take up such mattersas maybe specified by the National Council.

    Section 6 . Delegates in chapters wherein at leastone fourth (25 percent) of the total number of membershave failed to pay union dues shall not be allowed tovote. They may however participate in the deliberations.

    Section 7 . The President shall preside over thesessions of the General Assembly.

    Section 8 . Unless otherwise indicated, decisionsand resolutions of the General Assembly shall take effectupon its adoption.

    delegates for every 50 members in excess ofthe basic.

    c) The National Executive Board shall determinethe number of delegates from each chapter atleast three (3) months before each generalassembly.

    Section 4 . The General Assembly shall be called toa regular session by the National Council once everythree (3) years, after the Founding Assembly, at suchdate, time and place as the National Council maydetermine. Notice to the regular session of the General

    Assembly together with a proposed agenda, shall beappropriately issued by the General Secretary not laterthan fifteen days (15) before the date of the session.

    Section 5 . By a vote of at least two thirds of itsmembers, the National Council may call the General

    Assembly to a special session to take up such matters asmaybe specified by the National Council.

    Section 6 . Delegates in chapters wherein at leastone fourth (25 percent) of the total number of membershave failed to pay union dues shall not be allowed tovote. They may however participate in the deliberations.

    Section 7 . The President shall preside over the

    sessions of the General Assembly.

    Section 8 . Unless otherwise indicated, decisionsand resolutions of the General Assembly shall take effectimmediately upon its adoption.

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    Article V. NATIONAL COUNCIL

    Section 1 . The National Council shall be thehighest governing body of the UNION in betweensessions of the General Assembly. It has the power toformulate and implement the plans of the UNION, basedon the direction, resolutions, and guidelines set by theGeneral Assembly.

    Section 2 . The National Council shall be composedof the members of the Executive Board, the fivemembers elected at large by the General Assembly, andthe President and Vice-President of all the chapters.

    Section 3 . The National Council shall have theauthority to:

    a) Approve the operational budget, sources offunds and financial plans of the UNION, asrecommended by the Executive Board.

    b) Authorize the President and the Executive VicePresident, upon recommendation by theExecutive Board, to undertake the following:

    1. Enter into contracts, including

    employment contracts to support.2. The operations of the UNION.3. Borrow money and execute mortgage or

    pledge of UNION property.4. Buy, sell, exchange, rent or otherwise

    acquire or dispose property in the interestof the UNION.

    5. Appoint officers of the UNION, in case of

    Article V. NATIONAL COUNCIL

    Section 1 . The National Council shall be the highestgoverning body of the UNION in between sessions of theGeneral Assembly. It has the power to formulate andimplement the plans of the UNION, based on thedirection, resolutions, and guidelines set by the General

    Assembly.

    Section 2 . The National Council shall be composedof the members of the National Executive Board, the fivemembers elected at large by the General Assembly, andthe President and Vice-President of all the chapters.

    Section 3 . The National Council shall have theauthority to:

    a) Approve the operational budget, sources offunds and financial plans of the UNION, asrecommended by the National Executive Board.

    b) Authorize the National President and theGeneral Secretary , upon recommendation bythe National Executive Board, to undertake thefollowing:

    1. Enter into contracts, including employmentcontracts to support.

    2. The operations of the UNION.3. Borrow money and execute mortgage or

    pledge of UNION property.4. Buy, sell, exchange, rent or otherwise

    acquire or dispose property in the interestof the UNION.

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    vacancy or incapacity, who shall serve theunexpired term of the previous incumbent.

    6. Appoint employees of the UNIONsecretariat.

    c) Approve the levy of special assessments asrecommended by the Executive Board.

    d) Approve compensation, allowance, and otherbenefits for employees of the UNION, subjectto such terms and conditions as maybeprovided.

    e) Decide appeals from decisions of Chaptersregarding membership, discipline and othermatters, which have implications upon thewhole UNION.

    Section 4 . The National Council shall convene in aregular meeting at least twice a year. The Council shallfix the date, time, and place of such meetings, throughan approved resolution proposed by any councilmember. The Executive Vice President shall notify thecouncil members at least eight (8) working days beforeeach meeting of the Council.

    Section 5. The National Council may be called to aspecial meeting on a written request of at least half of itmembers, with a specific agenda.

    Section 6 . The President shall preside over themeetings of the National Council.

    Section 7 . A majority of the members of theNational Council shall constitute a quorum. In case of alesser number of members present not lower thantwelve, the members present may constitute themselves

    5. Appoint officers of the UNION, in case ofvacancy or incapacity, who shall serve theunexpired term of the previous incumbent.

    6. Appoint employees of the UNIONsecretariat.

    c) Approve the levy of special assessments asrecommended by the National Executive Board.

    d) Approve compensation, allowance, and otherbenefits for employees of the UNION, subject tosuch terms and conditions as maybe provided.

    e) Decide appeals from decisions of Chaptersregarding membership, discipline and othermatters, which have implications upon thewhole UNION.

    Section 4 . The National Council shall convene in aregular meeting at least twice a year. The Council shallfix the date, time, and place of such meetings, through anapproved resolution proposed by any council member.The General Secretary shall notify the council membersat least eight (8) working days before each meeting of theCouncil.

    Section 5. The National Council may be called to aspecial meeting on a written request of at least half of itmembers, with a specific agenda.

    Section 6 . The National President shall preside overthe meetings of the National Council.

    Section 7 . A majority of the members of theNational Council shall constitute a quorum. In case of alesser number of members present not lower than twelve,the members present may constitute themselves into an

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    into an Executive Committee and decide matters withinits competence, as specified in the agenda. Suchdecisions shall be binding on the National Councilprovided that due notice together with the proposedagenda had been served on the members of theNational Council at least eight days before the date fixedfor the meeting. The President, or the presiding officerdesignated in case of his/ her absence, shall report to allmembers who were absent the decisions taken by theExecutive Committee not later than five days followingthe meeting.

    Executive Committee and decide matters within itscompetence, as specified in the agenda. Such decisionsshall be binding on the National Council provided thatdue notice together with the proposed agenda had beenserved on the members of the National Council at leasteight days before the date fixed for the meeting. ThePresident, or the presiding officer designated in case ofhis/ her absence, shall report to all members who wereabsent the decisions taken by the Executive Committeenot later than five days following the meeting.

    Article VI. EXECUTIVE BOARD

    Section 1 . The Executive Board shall be the

    executive authority of the UNION, and act as itsgoverning body in between meetings of the NationalCouncil. It shall adopt and implement a program ofaction based on resolutions, decisions and policies of theGeneral Assembly and the National Council.

    Section 2 . The Executive Board shall be composedof the following officers: (a) President; (b) Executive VicePresident; (c) Secretary; (d) Treasurer; (e) Auditor; (f)Public Relations Officer; and such additional membersas the National Council may deem necessary.

    Section 3 . Committee Chairs maybe invited asresource persons in the meetings of the Executive Boardbut they have no voting power.

    Article VI. NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD

    Section 1 . The National Executive Board shall be

    the executive authority of the UNION, and act as itsgoverning body in between meetings of the NationalCouncil. It shall adopt and implement a program of actionbased on resolutions, decisions and policies of theGeneral Assembly and the National Council.

    Section 2 . The National Executive Board shall becomposed of the following officers: (a) National President; (b) National Vice President; (c) General Secretary; (d) National Treasurer; (e) National Auditor; (f)Nationa l Public Relations Officer; and such additionalmembers as the National Council may deem necessary.

    Section 3 . Committee Chairs maybe invited asresource persons in the regular meetings of the National Executive Board but they have no voting power.

    The National Executive Board shall, at leastevery six (6) months call for a special meeting of allNational Committee Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary

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    Section 4 . The Executive Board shall convene in aregular meeting at least once a month in a day, time andplace specified in a resolution by the Board. Specialmeetings maybe called by the National President, inconsultation with the Executive Vice President andSecretary.

    Section 5 . Notices of meetings for the ExecutiveBoard shall be signed by the National President, andcertified and circulated by the National Secretary at leastfive (5) days before each meeting, with a specifiedagenda, time and venue.

    Section 6 . In all meetings, a majority of themembers of the Executive Board shall constitute aquorum.

    Section 7 . The Executive Vice President shallpreside over the meetings of the Executive Board.

    Section 8 . The Executive Board shall, in aresolution, specify, establish, and maintain the nationaloffices of the UNION; define the job titles, qualifications,duties, and responsibilities, employment duration andstatus, compensation and benefits, discipline and

    grievance procedure for the union staff. It shall alsodiscuss and approve the performance evaluation of eachunion staff, as undertaken by the Executive VicePresident.

    Section 9 . The Executive Board, through thePresident and certified by the Secretary shall report andcommunicate its decisions to the National Council atregular intervals.

    in order to assess, formulate, review and evaluate theplans and programs of each National Committee.

    Section 4 . The National Executive Board shallconvene in a regular meeting at least once a month in aday, time and place specified in a resolution by theBoard. Special meetings maybe called by the NationalPresident, in consultation with the National VicePresident and the General Secretary .

    Section 5 . Notices of meetings for the National Executive Board shall be signed by the NationalPresident, and certified and circulated by the GeneralSecretary at least five (5) days before each meeting, witha specified agenda, time and venue.

    Section 6 . In all meetings, a majority of themembers of the National Executive Board shall constitutea quorum.

    Section 7 . The National President shall preside overthe meetings of the National Executive Board.

    Section 8 . The National Executive Board shall, in aresolution, specify, establish, and maintain the nationaloffices of the UNION; define the job titles, qualifications,duties, and responsibilities, employment duration and

    status, compensation and benefits, discipline andgrievance procedure for the union staff. It shall alsodiscuss and approve the performance evaluation of eachunion staff, as undertaken by the General Secretary .

    Section 9 . The National Executive Board, throughthe National President and certified by the General Secretary shall report and communicate its decisions tothe National Council at regular intervals.

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    Article VII. DUTIES OF NATIONALOFFICERS

    Section 1 . The National Officers of the UNION shallbe the following: (a) National President; (b) ExecutiveVice President; (c) Secretary; (d) Treasurer; (e) Auditor;(f) Public Relations Officer.

    Section 2 . The National Officers shall be elected bymajority vote of the General Assembly, and shall holdoffice until its next regular session, and until theirsuccessors shall have been duly elected and qualified.

    Section 3 . The National President shall:

    a) Preside over the sessions of the General Assembly and the National Council.b) Advice the Executive Vice President on the

    administration and management of the affairsof the UNION.

    c) Represent the UNION in national andinternational meetings and conferences.

    d) Act as the official spokesperson of the UNION.d) Perform other functions as the General

    Assembly or the National Council may specifyor assign.

    Section 4 . The Executive Vice President shall bethe chief executive officer of the UNION and shall:

    a) Chair the meetings of the Executive Board.b) Undertake the duties of the National President

    in case of leave, prolonged absence, and forreasons of health or incapacity of the National

    Article VII. DUTIES OF NATIONALOFFICERS

    Section 1 . The National Officers of the UNION shallbe the following: (a) National President; (b) National VicePresident; (c) General Secretary; (d) National Treasurer;(e) National Auditor; (f) National Public Relations Officer.

    Section 2 . The National Officers shall be elected bymajority vote of the General Assembly, and shall holdoffice until its next regular session, and until theirsuccessors shall have been duly elected and qualified.

    Section 3 . The National President shall:

    a) Preside over the sessions of the General Assembly and the National Council and theNational Executive Board

    b) Advice the General Secretary in theoperation and management of the NationalSecretariat or the National Office.

    c) Represent the UNION in national andinternational meetings and conferences.

    d) Act as the official spokesperson of the UNION.e) Perform other functions as the General

    Assembly or the National Council may specifyor assign.

    Section 4 . The National Vice President shall:

    a) Perform the duties of the National President incase of leave, prolonged absence, and forreasons of health or incapacity of the NationalPresident.

    b) Perform other functions as the General

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    President.c) Maintain the Secretariat to provide for an

    efficient system of administrative facilities andmanagement services.

    d) Head and manage the UNION Secretariat,specify the job titles, duties, employmentconditions and compensation of each unionstaff, undertake their performance evaluation,and ensure adequate and efficient servicesthat may be assigned by the General

    Assembly or the National Council.

    Section 5 . The National Secretary shall:

    a) Issue, certify and circulate notices of meetingscalled by the National President. These includemeetings of the Executive Board, the NationalCouncil, the General Assembly, and theUNION committees.

    b) Consult with the National President and theExecutive Vice Presidents on the agenda aswell as the date, time, and place of themeetings.

    c) Maintain and act as custodian of the records ofthe UNION, such as membership, resolutions,decisions, and related records. Supervise ordelegate the recording of the proceedings of all

    meetings (General Assembly, NationalCouncil, Executive Board); write and edit theminutes, check, verify, and certify to theiraccuracy, and ensure reproduction anddissemination of the same. The Secretary isentitled to staff support to undertake thesetasks. Assist and coordinate with the NationalPresident in the preparations for the General

    Assembly, the National Council or NationalExecutive Board may specify or assign.

    Section 5. The General Secretary shall:

    a) Maintain the Secretariat to provide for anefficient system of administrative facilities andmanagement services.

    b) Head and manage the Union Secretariat orNational Office, specify the job titles, duties,employment conditions and compensation ofeach union staff, undertake their performanceevaluation, and ensure adequate and efficientservices that may be assigned by the General

    Assembly or the National Council.c) Provide support necessary for the continued

    operation of all National Committees.d) Issue, certify and circulate notices of meetings

    called by the National President. These includemeetings of the National Executive Board, theNational Council, the General Assembly, andthe UNION committees.

    e) Consult with the National President and theNational Vice President on the agenda as wellas the date, time, and place of the meetings.

    f) Maintain and act as custodian of the records ofthe UNION, such as membership, resolutions,

    decisions, and related records.g) Supervise or delegate the recording of theproceedings of all meetings (General Assembly,National Council, National Executive Board);write and edit the minutes, check, verify, andcertify to their accuracy, and ensurereproduction and dissemination of the same.

    h) The General Secretary is entitled to staff supportto undertake these tasks. Assist and coordinate

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    Assembly and meetings of the NationalCouncil and Executive Board.

    d) Coordinate with the treasurer in checking thegeneral standing of members and theirdelegates, in the payment of UNION dues,preparatory to the General Assembly.

    e) Perform other functions as the General Assembly, the National Council or theExecutive Board may authorize

    Section 6 . The Treasurer shall:

    a) Collect and receive all UNION dues and otherfunds or assessments.

    b) Take custody of UNION funds and otherproperty, and keep a continuing record of thedeposit and withdrawal of funds in banks.

    c) Report on the status of UNION funds in eachregular meeting of the Executive Board, theNational Council, and the General Assembly.

    d) Provide recommendations for fund raising,improvement of financial management, andrelated concerns.

    e) Recommend an operating budget for theUNION, in consultation with the President,Secretary, the Executive Vice President, other

    officers, and Committee chairs.f) Sign checks for and in behalf of the UNION,subject to countersignature by the NationalPresident or the Executive Vice President.

    Section 7 . The Auditor shall:

    with the National President in the preparationsfor the General Assembly and meetings of theNational Council and National Executive Board.

    i) Coordinate with the National Treasurer inchecking the general standing of members andtheir delegates, in the payment of UNION dues,preparatory to the General Assembly.

    j) Perform other functions as the General Assembly, the National Council or the NationalExecutive Board may authorize

    Section 6 . The National Treasurer shall:

    a) Collect and receive all UNION dues and otherfunds or assessments.

    b) Take custody of UNION funds and otherproperty, and keep a continuing record of thedeposit and withdrawal of funds in banks.

    c) Report on the status of UNION funds in eachregular meeting of the Executive Board, theNational Council, and the General Assembly.

    d) Provide recommendations for fund raising,improvement of financial management, andrelated concerns.

    e) Recommend an operating budget for theUNION, in consultation with the NationalPresident, the National Vice President, General

    Secretary, other officers, and NationalCommittee chairs.f) Sign checks for and in behalf of the UNION,

    subject to countersignature by the NationalPresident or the National Vice President.

    Section 7 . The National Auditor shall:

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    a) Audit, analyze, and provide recommendationson the use and disbursement of UNION fundsduring regular meetings of the National Counciland the General Assembly.

    b) Ensure the preservation of the UNIONsfinancial records.

    c) Provide audit reports on the status of UNIONfunds.

    d) Act as the UNION ombudsman with respect tofinancial transactions.

    e) Request for appropriate staff support, toinclude the engagement of professionalauditing consultants, with the approval of theNational Council.

    Section 8 . The Public Relations Officer shall:

    a) Ensure effective public relations for theUNION, by drafting and finalizing statements inconsultation with the members of theExecutive Board.

    b) Disseminate statements to UNION members,as well as the print and broadcast media:request and coordinate staff support in thisregard.

    c) Recommend and supervise the Editor andmembers of the Editorial Staff of the UNION

    newsletter and publications.Section 9 . All national UNION officers have a term

    of office of three (3) years. They maybe reelected butcould serve for a maximum of two terms only.

    a) Audit, analyze, and provide recommendationson the use and disbursement of UNION fundsduring regular meetings of the National Counciland the General Assembly.

    b) Ensure the preservation of the UNIONsfinancial records.

    c) Provide audit reports on the status of UNIONfunds.

    d) Act as the UNION ombudsman with respect tofinancial transactions.

    k) Request for appropriate staff support, to includethe engagement of professional auditingconsultants, with the approval of the NationalCouncil.

    Section 8 . The National Public Relations Officershall:

    a) Ensure effective public relations for the UNION,by drafting and finalizing statements inconsultation with the members of the National Executive Board.

    b) Disseminate statements to UNION members,as well as the print and broadcast media:request and coordinate staff support in thisregard.

    c) Recommend and supervise the Editor and

    members of the Editorial Staff of the UNIONnewsletter and publications.

    Section 9 . All national UNION officers have a termof office of three (3) years. They maybe reelected butcould serve for a maximum of two terms only.

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    Article VIII. ELECTION OF OFFICERS:SEARCH AND ELECTION COMMITTEE (SEC)

    Section 1 . The specific qualifications, manner ofnominations, and voting shall be determined by theSearch and Election Committee (SEC), in specific writtenrules and procedures which are within the provisions ofthe UNION Constitution and By-Laws.

    Section 2. The SEC shall endeavor to call fornominations and search for the best candidates to beproposed for election during the General Assembly. Forthis purpose, the nominees shall be interviewed andprequalified by the SEC, based on their individualqualifications, vision, experience, program, willingness,

    and capacity to serve. A brief report on the list ofnominees shall be provided by the SEC to the NationalCouncil, for circulation during the General Assembly.

    Section 3 . The SEC shall be composed of aChairman and two (2) other members. The SEC shall beconstituted by the National Council Board, at least 45days (one and a half month) before the General

    Assembly.

    Article VIII. ELECTION OF OFFICERS:SEARCH AND ELECTION COMMITTEE (SEC)

    Section 1 . The specific qualifications, manner ofnominations, and voting shall be determined by theSearch and Election Committee (SEC), in specific writtenrules and procedures which are within the provisions ofthe UNION Constitution and By-Laws.

    Section 2. The SEC shall endeavor to call fornominations and search for the best candidates to beproposed for election during the General Assembly. Forthis purpose, the nominees shall be interviewed andprequalified by the SEC, based on their individualqualifications, vision, experience, program, willingness,

    and capacity to serve. A brief report on the list ofnominees shall be provided by the SEC to the NationalCouncil, for circulation during the General Assembly.

    Section 3 . The SEC shall be composed of aChairman and two (2) other members. The SEC shall beconstituted by the National Council Board, at least 45days (one and a half month) before the General

    Assembly.

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    Article IX. NATIONAL COMMITTEES

    Section 1 . The following are the standingcommittees of the UNION: (1) Organization andCredentials; (2) Public Affairs; (3) Research andEducation; (4) Finance; (5) Grievance and Negotiations;and (6) Gender.

    The National Council shall appoint the chairs andmembership of these committees immediately after eachGeneral Assembly.

    Section 2 . The Organization and CredentialsCommittee shall have the following functions:

    a) Receive and consider applications formembership, for appropriate screening.

    b) Recommend approval of membership to theExecutive Board.

    c) Provide a report on the status of active andinactive membership to the National Council,and the General Assembly.

    d) Implement decisions on membership rules andpolicies.

    e) Develop plans and programs to increaseUNION membership in each chapter.

    f) Examine and confirm the credentials of

    delegates to the General Assembly, decideany protests or challenges filed, providerecommendations and submit a report to theNational Council and the General Assembly.

    Section 3 . The Public Affairs Committee shall havethe following functions:

    Article IX. NATIONAL COMMITTEES

    Section 1 . The following are the standingcommittees of the UNION: (1) Organization andMembership; (2) Public Affairs and Campaigns; (3)Research and Education; (4) Finance; (5) Grievance andNegotiations; and (6) Women and Gender; (7) Healthand Safety

    The National Executive Board shall appoint thechairs, vice chairs, secretary, and membership of thesecommittees within three months , immediately after eachGeneral Assembly.

    Section 2 . The Organization and MembershipCommittee shall have the following functions:

    a) Receive and consider applications formembership, for appropriate screening.

    b) Recommend approval of membership to theExecutive Board.

    c) Provide a report on the status of active andinactive membership to the National Council,and the General Assembly.

    d) Implement decisions on membership rules andpolicies.

    e) Develop plans and programs to increase

    UNION membership in each chapter.f) Examine and confirm the credentials ofdelegates to the General Assembly, decide anyprotests or challenges filed, providerecommendations and submit a report to theNational Council and the General Assembly.

    Section 3 . The Public Affairs and Campaigns

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    a) Assist the Public Relations Officer in thewriting, drafting, editing, and consultations onappropriate UNION statements for specificissues.

    b) Disseminate the UNION position as widely aspossible through posters, flyers, statements,and the like.

    c) Participate in solidarity activities with otherUNION organizations, both local and foreign.

    d) Act as coordinators for the reproduction anddissemination of the UNION newsletter,statements, posters, flyers, and the like.

    e) Exert efforts to develop a positive image forthe UNION.

    f) Be in the forefront of campaigns to counternegative issues against the UNION.

    Section 4 . The Research and Education Committeeshall have the following functions:

    a) Undertake background research and surveyson key issues concerning UNION matters, forthe benefit of the officers and members.

    b) Develop educational programs identified by theNational Council and Executive Board to raiseawareness and leadership competencies ofUNION members as well as officers.

    c) Develop and reproduce pertinent educationalmaterials on UNION leadership and otheraspects of UNION participation in decisionmaking in the University.

    d) Submit a report to the National Council andGeneral Assembly on activities undertaken inrelation to research and education.

    Committee shall have the following functions:

    a) Assist the Public Relations Officer in the writing,drafting, editing, and consultations on

    appropriate UNION statements for specificissues.

    b) Disseminate the UNION position as widely aspossible through posters, flyers, statements,and the like.

    c) Participate in solidarity activities with otherUNION organizations, both local and foreign.

    d) Act as coordinators for the reproduction anddissemination of the UNION newsletter,statements, posters, flyers, and the like.

    e) Exert efforts to develop a positive image for theUNION.

    f) Be in the forefront of campaigns to counternegative issues against the UNION.

    Section 4 . The Research and Education Committeeshall have the following functions:

    a) Undertake background research and surveyson key issues concerning UNION matters, forthe benefit of the officers and members.

    b) Develop educational programs identified by theNational Council and National Executive Board

    to raise awareness and leadershipcompetencies of UNION members as well asofficers.

    c) Develop and reproduce pertinent educationalmaterials on UNION leadership and otheraspects of UNION participation in decisionmaking in the University.

    d) Submit a report to the National Council and

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    Section 5. The Finance Committee shall have thefollowing functions:

    a) Assist the Treasurer in the financialmanagement of the UNION.

    b) Undertake fund raising and other incomegenerating activities or projects for the UNION;manage such projects in behalf of the UNION,but as authorized by the Executive Board andthe National Council through a resolution.

    c) Provide support to financial planning andbudgeting.

    d) Assist in the preparation and verification offinancial statements.

    e) Provide other advice and assistance in relationto financial matters.

    f) Receive complaints filed by UNION membersrelated to the financial affairs of the UNION,and as referred to the Committee by theExecutive Board, examine and decide on thecomplaints and submit a report to the NationalCouncil and the General Assembly.

    Section 6 . The Grievance and Negotiations

    Committee shall have the following functions:a) Assist the Executive Board and Chapter

    Officers in negotiations for University wide, aswell as specific chapter concerns.

    b) Represent the UNION or any member ingrievance committees, meetings and relatedprocedures.

    General Assembly on activities undertaken inrelation to research and education.

    Section 5. The Finance Committee shall have the

    following functions:

    a) Assist the National Treasurer in the financialmanagement of the UNION.

    b) Undertake fund raising and other incomegenerating activities or projects for the UNION;manage such projects in behalf of the UNION,but as authorized by the National ExecutiveBoard and the National Council through aresolution.

    c) Provide support to financial planning andbudgeting.

    d) Assist in the preparation and verification offinancial statements.

    e) Provide other advice and assistance in relationto financial matters.

    f) Receive complaints filed by UNION membersrelated to the financial affairs of the UNION,and as referred to the Committee by theNationa l Executive Board, examine and decideon the complaints and submit a report to theNational Council and the General Assembly.

    Section 6 . The Grievance and NegotiationsCommittee shall have the following functions:

    a) Assist the National Executive Board andChapter Officers in negotiations for university-wide, as well as specific chapter concerns.

    b) Represent the UNION or any member ingrievance committees, meetings and related

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    c) Prepare background materials and gatherpertinent information in preparation fornegotiations.

    d) Act as the watchdog in the implementation and

    monitoring of compliance with agreements, inrelation to the university administration.

    Section 7 . The Committee on Gender shall takeinitiatives in educational and other activities for ensuringthe active participation of women in the UNION and forensuring gender-sensitivity among UNION members.

    Section 8 . Additional or special committees andsubcommittees maybe constituted by the NationalCouncil, as recommended by the Executive Board andthe Chapter Presidents. The composition and the work ofeach committee shall be duly reported in the meetings ofthe Executive Board, the National Council and theGeneral Assembly and published in the UNIONs officialnewsletter.

    Section 9. The Executive Vice President as head ofthe UNION secretariat shall coordinate and supervise

    the work of the UNION committees. Appropriateresources shall be provided, depending on theavailability of UNION funds.

    Section 10. Each Committee shall be headed by aCommittee Chair, assisted by a Vice-President and

    procedures.c) Prepare background materials and gather

    pertinent information in preparation fornegotiations.

    d) Act as the watchdog in the implementation andmonitoring of compliance with agreements, inrelation to the university administration.

    Section 7 . The Committee on Women and Gender shall take initiatives in educational and other activities forensuring the active participation of women in the UNIONand for ensuring gender-sensitivity among UNIONmembers.

    Se c t i o n 8 . The Health and Safety Committeeshall take the lead in addressing the concerns ofunion members regarding health and safety.

    Section 9. Additional or special committees andsubcommittees maybe constituted by the NationalCouncil, as recommended by the National ExecutiveBoard and the Chapter Presidents. The composition andthe work of each committee shall be duly reported in themeetings of the National Executive Board, the NationalCouncil and the General Assembly and published in theUNIONs official newsletter.

    Section 10 . The General Secretary as head of theUnion Secretariat shall provide support necessary for the

    continued operation of the Union National Committees. Appropriate resources shall be provided, depending onthe availability of UNION funds.

    Section 11. Each Committee shall be headed by aCommittee Chair, assisted by a Vice Chair and

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    Secretary. The President in consultation with, and theapproval of the National Council, shall designate theCommittee Officers. Their terms engagement shall be atleast for one year. Committee members shall be

    reconstituted as often as necessary, by the President inconsultation with the approval of the Executive Boardthrough appropriate resolutions.

    Section 11 . Each standing committee shall meet atleast twice a year or as often as necessary toaccomplish their tasks, within the resources availableand the agreed timetable, and as convened by theCommittee Chair

    Secretary. The National Executive Board through theNational President , shall designate the CommitteeOfficers and members, within three months after eachGeneral Assembly . Their terms of engagement shall be

    at least for one year. Committee members shall bereconstituted as often as necessary, by the NationalPresident in consultation and approval of the NationalExecutive Board through appropriate resolutions.

    Section 12 . Each standing committee shall meet atleast every quarter, or as often as necessary toaccomplish their tasks, within the resources available andthe agreed timetable, and as convened by the CommitteeChair

    Article X. AFFILIATION

    The All U.P. Workers Union together with the All U.P.Academic Employees Union shall constitute the AllU.P. Workers Alliance to ensure the continuing unitybetween administrative and academic employees ofthe University .

    Chapter X. UNION CHAPTERS

    Section 1 . UNION Chapter Councils shall beorganized in each University campus.

    Section 2 . The Chapter Council is composed of theChapter Officers, and the elected representatives ofmembers from each college or unit within the chapter.For every ten members, at least one college or unitrepresentative maybe elected, and participate in themeetings and activities of the UNION Chapter Council.For PGH there shall have two (2) representatives each

    Article XI . UNION CHAPTERS

    Section 1 . UNION Chapter Councils shall beorganized in each University campus.

    Section 2 . The Chapter Council is composed of theChapter Officers, and the elected representatives ofmembers from each college or unit within the chapter.For every twenty (20) members, one college or unitrepresentative shall be elected, and participate in themeetings and activities of the UNION Chapter Council.

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    shall be countersigned by the UNIONpresident.

    e) Auditor: audit, analyze, and providerecommendations on the use and

    disbursement of UNION chapter funds duringregular meetings of the Chapter Council andthe Chapter General Assembly. Ensure thepreservation of the UNIONs chapter financialrecords. Provide audit reports on the status ofUNIONs chapter funds. Act as the UNIONschapter ombudsman with respect to financialtransactions. Request for appropriate staffsupport, to include the engagement ofprofessional auditing consultants, with theapproval of the UNION Chapter Council.

    f) Public Relation Officer (PRO): Ensure effectivepublic relations for the UNIONs chapter, bydrafting and finalizing statements inconsultation with the members of the UNIONChapter Council. Disseminate statements toUNION members, as well as the print andbroadcast media; request and coordinate staffsupport in this regard. Recommend andsupervise the Editor and members of theEditorial Staff of the UNION Chapternewsletter and publications, if any.

    g) Chapter Directors (3) at large: represent thechapter in meetings, negotiations, asrequested by the chapter president; providesupport in the other areas of cooperation of thechapter.

    and withdrawals from chapter bank accountsshall be countersigned by the UNION president.

    e) Chapter Auditor: audit, analyze, and providerecommendations on the use and disbursement

    of UNION chapter funds during regularmeetings of the Chapter Council and theChapter General Assembly. Ensure thepreservation of the UNIONs chapter financialrecords. Provide audit reports on the status ofUNIONs chapter funds. Act as the UNIONschapter ombudsman with respect to financialtransactions. Request for appropriate staffsupport, to include the engagement ofprofessional auditing consultants, with theapproval of the UNION Chapter Council.

    f) Chapter Public Relation Officer (PRO): Ensureeffective public relations for the UNIONschapter, by drafting and finalizing statements inconsultation with the members of the UNIONChapter Council. Disseminate statements toUNION members, as well as the print andbroadcast media; request and coordinate staffsupport in this regard. Recommend andsupervise the Editor and members of theEditorial Staff of the UNION Chapter newsletterand publications, if any.

    g) Three (3) Chapter Directors-at-Large: representthe chapter in meetings, negotiations, asrequested by the chapter president; providesupport in the other areas of cooperation of thechapter.

    In Manila and PGH, there shall have nine (9)Chapter Directors at Large, representing thefollowing sectors: two (2) Directors each,representing the Administrative and Nursing

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    Section 4 . The Chapter Officers have a term ofoffice for three years. They maybe reelected but shouldserve for a maximum of two terms only.

    Section 5 . The Chapter Officers are directly electedby their members in a regular election. The ExecutiveBoard shall constitute a Search and Election Committee(SEC) for each chapter when there is a need for anelection. The SEC will set the rules, procedures, date,time, and place for the elections. Qualifications,nominations, rules, procedures and other details shall bedisseminated and posted at least one month before thechapter elections.

    Section 6 . Each chapter may create chaptercommittees in order to carry out plans and programs ofthe UNION.

    sectors of PGH; and, one (1) Director eachrepresenting the Paramedical, Nursing

    Attendants & Ward Assistants, and the UtilityWorkers sectors of PGH; the Central

    Administration Offices, and Academic Units ofUP Manila.

    Each Sectoral Chapter Director-at-Largeshall initiate plans and programs that shallensure the widest participation of eachsector to union activities.

    The Sectoral representation of ChapterDirectors-at Large maybe adopted by otherchapters, upon the approval of the NationalExecutive Board, for more definiterepresentation and accountability.

    Section 4 . The Chapter Officers have a term ofoffice for three years. They maybe reelected but shouldserve for a maximum of two terms only.

    Section 5 . The Chapter Officers are directly electedby their members in a regular election. The National Executive Board shall constitute a Search and ElectionCommittee (SEC) for each chapter when there is a needfor an election. The SEC will set the rules, procedures,date, time, and place for the elections. Qualifications,nominations, rules, procedures and other details shall bedisseminated and posted at least one month before thechapter elections.

    Section 6 . Each chapter may create chaptercommittees in order to carry out plans and programs ofthe UNION. Appropriate resources shall be provided,

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    Section 7 . The National Council, uponrecommendation of the Executive Board may create sub-chapters in colleges, institutions, and units with largeconstituency such as in UP Diliman, UP Manila and UPLos Baos.

    depending on the availability of chapter funds.

    The Chapter Secretary as head of the ChapterSecretariat shall provide support necessary to

    ensure the continued operation of all ChapterCommittees.

    The Chapter Executive Board shall, at leastevery six (6) months call for a special meeting of allChapter Committee Chair, Vice Chair and Secretaryin order to assess, formulate, review and evaluate theplans and programs of each National Committee.

    Section 7 . The National Council, uponrecommendation of the National Executive Board maycreate sub-chapters in colleges, institutions, and unitswith large constituency such as in UP Diliman, UP Manilaand UP Los Baos.

    Article XI. UNION DUES, FEES ANDBUDGET

    Section 1 . A one time membership fee of THIRTYESOS (P30.00) shall be paid by each applicant befores/he becomes a regular member of the UNION.

    Section 2 . Every regular member shall pay regular

    monthly dues to the Union, in the minimum amount ofTHIRTY PESOS (P30.00). (As amended during the 5 th General Assembly last December 03, 2004.) Additionalvoluntary monthly contributions may however beauthorized individually by the UNION member.

    Section 3 . The National Council shall approve theannual budget of the UNION as recommended by the

    Article XII . UNION DUES, FEES ANDBUDGET

    Section 1 . A one time membership fee of THIRTYESOS (P30.00) shall be paid by each applicant befores/he becomes a regular member of the UNION.

    Section 2 . Every regular member shall pay regular

    monthly dues to the Union, in the minimum amount ofTHIRTY PESOS (P30.00). Additional voluntary monthlycontributions may however be authorized individually bythe UNION member.

    Section 3 . The National Council shall approve theannual budget of the UNION as recommended by the

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    Executive Board. Provisions shall be made foroperational expenses, programs to serve the UNIONmembers, and staff support of the UNION Secretariat,the Standing Committees, and the Chapters.

    Section 4 . National officers and Committeemembers shall provide service to the UNION and themembers in a voluntary capacity. They shall not receivecompensation. Necessary expenses for transportation,accommodation, meals, and related expenses mayhowever be provided in the annual budget, subject toapproval by the National Council, and subject to theavailability of funds.

    Section 5 . Each chapter shall remit half (50%) oftheir UNION monthly contributions to the national

    treasurer, in the name of the UNION. The Chapter shallsubmit an annual budget proposal for approval by theNational Council on the intended use of the retained fiftypercent (50%) of the funds. The Chapters shall alsosubmit a liquidation report by the end of the year, on howthe chapter budget was used.

    Section 6 . Every member shall contribute to theUNION such other amounts as maybe fixed by theGeneral Assembly, after a thorough discussion of theresolution for the purpose. Special assessments to solicitUNION funding support maybe proposed for thefollowing:

    1. Mutual Benefit Fund2 Campaign and Negotiations Fund3. Welfare Programs4. Education and Training Programs5. Collective Action and Mobilization Fund6. Other programs to promote the interest and

    National Executive Board. Provisions shall be made foroperational expenses, programs to serve the UNIONmembers, and staff support of the UNION Secretariat, theStanding Committees, and the Chapters.

    Section 4 . National officers and Committeemembers shall provide service to the UNION and themembers in a voluntary capacity. They shall not receivecompensation. Necessary expenses for transportation,accommodation, meals, and related expenses mayhowever be provided in the annual budget, subject toapproval by the National Council, and subject to theavailability of funds.

    Section 5 . Each chapter shall remit half (50%) oftheir UNION monthly contributions to the national

    treasurer, in the name of the UNION. The Chapter shallsubmit an annual budget proposal for approval by theNational Council on the intended use of the retained fiftypercent (50%) of the funds. The Chapters shall alsosubmit a liquidation report by the end of the year, on howthe chapter budget was used.

    Section 6 . Every member shall contribute to theUNION such other amounts as maybe fixed by theGeneral Assembly, after a thorough discussion of theresolution for the purpose. Special assessments to solicitUNION funding support maybe proposed for thefollowing:

    1. Mutual Benefit Fund2 Campaign and Negotiations Fund3. Welfare Programs4. Education and Training Programs5. Collective Action and Mobilization Fund6. Other programs to promote the interest and

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    welfare of the UNION

    Proposals for these special assessments shallhowever be discussed in the General Assembly only if

    there have been improvements in compensation broughtabout by the collective strength of the UNIONmembership.

    Section 7 . Assessments for extraordinary fees suchas legal and other professional fees shall be proposedthrough a resolution, and ratified by secret ballot of thegeneral membership.

    Section 8 . Any member who failed to pay monthlydues for six (6) months or more shall cease to bemember in good standing, subject to disciplinary action

    and imposition of fines, to be determined by theExecutive Board and approved by the National Council.Membership maybe restored upon fulfillment of thenecessary disciplinary action.

    Section 9 . All payments and receipts of funds orincome for the UNION shall be provided with an officialUNION receipt, to be signed either by the NationalTreasurer, Chapter Treasurer, or their duly authorizedrepresentatives.

    Receipts from UNION dues and income state thedate, amount, and name of the person providing thepayment or donation. Receipts for payment of UNIONexpenses shall state the date, amount and purpose ornature of the expense item; and the person entity ororganization who received such payment.

    welfare of the UNION

    Proposals for these special assessments shallhowever be discussed in the General Assembly only if

    there have been improvements in compensation broughtabout by the collective strength of the UNIONmembership.

    Section 7 . Assessments for extraordinary fees suchas legal and other professional fees shall be proposedthrough a resolution, and ratified by secret ballot of thegeneral membership.

    Section 8 . Any member who failed to pay monthlydues for six (6) months or more shall cease to bemember in good standing, subject to disciplinary action

    and imposition of fines, to be determined by the National Executive Board and approved by the National Council.Membership maybe restored upon fulfillment of thenecessary disciplinary action.

    Section 9 . All payments and receipts of funds orincome for the UNION shall be provided with an officialUNION receipt, to be signed either by the NationalTreasurer, Chapter Treasurer, or their duly authorizedrepresentatives.

    Receipts from UNION dues and income state thedate, amount, and name of the person providing thepayment or donation. Receipts for payment of UNIONexpenses shall state the date, amount and purpose ornature of the expense item; and the person entity ororganization who received such payment.

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    Article XII. AMENDMENTS AND REPEALCLAUSE

    Section 1 . Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws maybe proposed and discussed through aresolution in the General Assembly. A vote of at leasttwo thirds of those present in the General Assembly isnecessary for the ratification of the amendment(s).

    Section 2 . In case any judicial or quasi-judicialbody declares any section of this Constitution and By-Laws as contrary to law, and these are repealed ormodified, the remaining provisions shall continue to be infull force and effect.

    Article XIII. AMENDMENTS AND SAVINGCLAUSE

    Section 1 . Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws maybe proposed and discussed through aresolution in the General Assembly. A vote of at least twothirds of those present in the General Assembly isnecessary for the ratification of the amendment(s).

    Section 2 . In case any judicial or quasi-judicial bodydeclares any section of this Constitution and By-Laws ascontrary to law, and these are repealed or modified, theremaining provisions that are not effected thereby shallremain in full force and effect.

    Article XIV. EFFECTIVITY AND PERPETUITYCLAUSE

    Sect ion 1. This Constitution and By-Laws shalltake effect immediately upon its approval by theGeneral Assembly and shall remain in full force andeffect in perpetuity; unless otherwise repealed,declared invalid or ineffective by competentauthority, or the organization have ceased to functionor exist.

    Sect ion 2. Amendments or revisions shalllikewise take effect immediately, unless otherwiseprovided; and approved by two third (2/3) votes of allthose present in the General Assembly.