Article X - Committees

SECTION 1. GUIDELINES

A.  Each committee shall consist of at least three members.  No more than two members shall be from the same department without prior approval of the board of directors, except for the Collective Bargaining committees which shall consist of at least seven members a majority of whom shall be employees in the bargaining unit.  The Budget committee shall consist of at least five MEMBERS; one shall be the treasurer of this organization.

B.  The president shall appoint all committees and assign their duties with the approval of the board of directors.

C.  Standing committees shall serve for a one year term beginning with the regular January membership meeting.

D.  Any committee may be dissolved and a new committee appointed at any time with the approval of the majority of the membership present and voting at a membership meeting of this organization.

E.  Committee chairpersons shall submit all committee expenses to the secretary of this organization.

F.  All committees shall consist of an odd number of members.

G. All committee chairpersons shall prepare and submit their proposed annual budget to the Budget committee on or before March 1st of each year.

SECTION 2. STANDING COMMITTEES SHALL BE:

A.  COLLECTIVE BARGAINING – COMMONWEALTH

B.  COLLECTIVE BARGAINING – MWRA

C.  COLLECTIVE BARGAINING – DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

D.  GRIEVANCE

E.  LEGISLATURE

F.  CIVIL SERVICE

G.  BUDGET

H.  MEMBERSHIP

I.  NEWSLETTER

J.  PUBLICITY AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

K.  MEETING LOCATION

L.  GOODWILL

SECTION 3. DUTIES OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES ARE AS OUTLINED, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

A.  Collective bargaining committee shall:

(1) obtain and compile data on the salaries, classifications, working conditions, career ladders, promotions, and benefits for the employees.

(2)  formulate and present to the membership a collective bargaining proposal for their consideration.

(3)  negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the employer for the consideration of the membership.

E.  Grievance committee shall:

(1)   direct, instruct and implement the steward program.

(2)   determine which grievances shall proceed to arbitration.

F.  Legislative committee shall:

(1)  prepare and present to the October membership meeting a legislative package for action by the General Court of Massachusetts.

(2)  attend all public hearings of the General Court of Massachusetts concerning matters of importance to the membership.

D.  Civil service committee shall:

(1)  contact the civil service commission on any rules changes or new proposals.

(2)  aid the membership in civil service problems and notify them of upcoming examinations.

G.  Budget committee shall:

(1)  prepare a proposed annual budget for approval at the May membership meeting for the fiscal year beginning July 1, that shall not exceed anticipated revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.  A two-third's vote of those present and voting shall be required for acceptance of the entire budget; failing this, a majority vote of those present shall be required for acceptance of each item in the budget.

(2)  review appropriation requests, as provided under Article IX, Finance, Section 2, expenditures, and present their conclusions and recommendations as to the fiscal implications of such expenditures prior to any authorization for an appropriation or expenditure of funds.

(3)  maintain a deficiency budget that may be transferred upon request, provided no deficient expenditures will be made that may be transferred upon request, provided no deficient expenditures will be made without prior approval of the budget committee.  Transfers will be reported at the next board of directors meeting.

H.  Membership committee shall:

(1)  recruit members, determine eligibility and distribute membership cards.

(2)  maintain an up-to-date membership list and report any relevant changes in membership to the board of directors.

(3)  Monitor the payment of membership dues from information provided by the employers and notify individuals entering MOSES positions of their obligations to pay dues and to collect back dues with copies of such notice sent to the treasurer and secretary.

(4)  provide an up-to-date membership list to the Election committee for the biennial moses election of officers or to support any special elections that may be necessary.

(5)  identify employees as agency fee payers and verify their status.

I.  Newsletter committee shall:

(1)  Prepare, publish and distribute a newsletter to the membership at least six times per year.

J.  Publicity/public relations committee shall:

(1)  develop and implement procedures for obtaining favorable publicity for MOSES.

K.  Meeting location committee shall:

(1)  recommend to the board of directors locations for the board of directors and membership meetings.

(2)  make any and all arrangements required to facilitate meetings as directed by the board of directors.

L.  Goodwill committee shall:

(1)  Administrate the MOSES Scholarship Program.

(2)  Administrate charitable and goodwill contributions in accordance with established committee policies.