NATCA's Biennial Convention

Category: Convention 101

National Air Traffic Controllers Association

National Constitution,

Standing Rules and

Policy & Position Statements.

Effective October 3, 2014

Article IV
Organizational Structure and Officers:


Section 1.    The National Convention shall be the Supreme Body with full and complete authority over all the affairs of the Association.


Section 2.    The officers of the Association shall be the President, the Executive Vice President and the Regional Vice Presidents. These officers together shall constitute the National Executive Board. The National Executive Board shall be responsible for the creation of policy for the organization between Conventions. 

 

Article VIII

National Conventions:


Section 1.     The Association shall meet in National Convention every two (2) years at a location to be established by majority vote of the delegates at the Convention four (4) years previous. A Special Convention may be called by the President upon sixty (60) days notice to the membership.

Section 2.     Only duly elected delegates or their alternates may conduct the business of the Convention. Any member in good standing may attend the Convention and speak on any issue.

Section 3.     Delegates and any alternates must be active members in good standing of the Association and of their respective Locals. No paid employee of any Local or of the Association, other than duly elected officials, shall be a delegate.

Section 4.     Delegates and any alternates shall be elected by secret ballot in accordance with procedures set forth in each Local’s constitution and bylaws. The Local is not required to conduct a mail ballot for convention delegates unless specifically required in their local constitution.

Section 5.    Each Local shall be entitled to one delegate. Each Local shall be entitled to an additional delegate for every 50 members in good standing over and above 100 members. Each delegate shall be entitled to cast a number of votes equal to the number of active members in good standing in his or her Local thirty (30) days in advance of the opening of the Convention, divided by the number of delegates representing the Local properly registered and credentialed at the time of the vote.

Section 6.    At least one year prior to any scheduled Convention, the President shall ensure the establishment of a Convention Committee, which shall include the Regional Vice President from the hosting region, and the RVP will appoint a minimum of two members to the committee from the hosting Local(s). This committee will forward all plans and provisions to the National Executive Board for approval. 

The President shall appoint a Credentials Committee for each National Convention. The Credentials Committee shall be composed of at least three (3) active members in good standing, among whom no two (2) members may be from the same NATCA Region. Prior to the start of the Convention, the Credentials Committee shall meet and issue a report listing the names of all eligible delegates and their alternates and the number of votes that each delegat is entitled to cast.

The Constitution Committee shall be the Rules Committee for each National Convention.

Other committees shall be established as deemed necessary by the President or by the voting delegates at the National Convention.

Section 7.    Resolutions approved by the National Convention shall form the Standing Rules and Policy/Position Statements of the Association. All Standing Rules and Policy/Position Statements enacted by the National Executive Board shall be published 60 days prior to the National Convention, and be presented to the National Convention for approval or disapproval. Standing Rules and Policy/Position Statements presented by the National Executive Board that are approved by the National Convention shall become Standing Rules or Policies/Position Statements of the Association.

Standing Rules are those resolutions passed by the Convention Body that apply to the day-to-day internal operations of the Association. Policies are a means for Convention delegates to provide specific direction to the National Executive Board or National Office that are exclusive of the day-to-day internal operations of the Association. Position Statements are resolutions that do not give specific direction for action. The National Executive Board shall report to the membership at least 60 days prior to the next Convention the actions taken by the National Executive Board to comply with the provisions of duly passed Policies/Position Statements and recommend actions to be taken by the delegates.

All Standing Rules and Policy/Position Statements enacted by the National Executive Board such that they cannot, due to time constraints, be included in the above notification to the membership, shall be published and disseminated to the delegates on the first day of the Convention to be included in the presentation for approval or disapproval.